What does yoga do for the body?
- Strengthen and stretches the muscles
- Provides stress relief
- Increases flexibility
- Improved coordination
- Good for overall health and fitness
Recent studies have shown that yoga combined with stretching can be a good, safe option for people who are willing to try physical activity to relieve moderate low back pain. Classes should be designed with a beginner in mind and taught by instructors that are able to modify postures for individual needs and or limitations. Before starting a new fitness regimen or class, please remember to contact your doctor or physiotherapist first to minimize risk of injury.
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