1. It can help you beat the winter blahs
Numerous studies have linked regular yoga practice to improved mental health: it fights seasonal affective disorder, depression and stress. All exercise reduces our level of the stress hormone cortisol, but a full yoga class can take you from a vigorous flow into a state of total relaxation laying on your mat in corpse pose.
Poses and tips: “Moving a bit quicker can really alter your energetic state,” says Wendy Martin, owner of Sacred Breath Yoga in snowy Huntsville, Ont. If your mood needs a lift, go for an energetic class, such as a flow or Ashtanga. Meanwhile, focus on your exhale in class – exhalations stimulate the de-stressing hormones in your body.