3 health benefits of Yoga

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Developed in India, yoga is a spiritual practice that has been evolving for 5,000 years. Yoga is known for its great spiritual and emotional health benefits, it brings together physical and mental disciplines that may help you achieve peacefulness of body and mind. The Mayo Clinic sites these top three health benefits to doing yoga:

1. Stress reduction 
A number of studies have shown that yoga may help reduce stress and anxiety. It can also enhance your mood and overall sense of well-being.

2. Improved fitness 
Practicing yoga may lead to improved balance, flexibility, range of motion and strength.

3. Management of chronic conditions 
Yoga can help reduce risk factors for chronic diseases, such as heart disease and high blood pressure. Yoga might also help alleviate chronic conditions such as depression, pain, anxiety and insomnia.

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How to get started
At Superstition Mountain Golf and Country Club our Sports Club offers four different yoga classes.

Yoga & Meditation
In this class you will practice breathe control and meditation together. Each week is different, with a variety of meditation focuses and techniques, from chanting to energy center (chakra) balancing to guided visualizations.

Yogajuvenation
In this class you will work on movement, strength, balance, stretching and relaxation. Designed to appeal to a wide variety of fitness ability, participants are given movement options and are encouraged to modify as necessary for their bodies.

Yin Yoga
Is a slow-paced style of yoga, incorporating principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine, with postures that are held for longer periods of time. It targets the connective tissues increasing circulations in the joints and improving flexibility.

Flow Yoga
This class is where breath unites with movement through a series of poses increasing strength, balance and flexibility.
No matter which class you choose, yoga is a great way to strengthen your body, focus your mind and relax your spirit. 

For a full list of the fitness classes offerings be sure to visit our website at superstitionmountain.com/fitness.