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10 Healthy Reasons to Take up Yoga

There are more benefits to practicing yoga than toned abs -- those are just a bonus! Here are 10 reasons to say "om."
Kate Blair
There's no question that all things yoga are a huge trend (if you can call a practice that's 5,000 years old a trend). But yoga is more than just fancy workout wear -- more, even, than just a workout. It's a great way to boost your mental and physical health along many fronts. Here are 10 reasons to go to the (yoga) mat.
1. Increased bone density

1. Increased bone density

Weight-bearing exercise is well known to fight osteoporosis, or bone degeneration, since it helps bones rebuild themselves. Standing yoga poses (or asanas) are good for the bones of the legs and hips; various other poses -- by fighting gravity or offering resistance to different muscle groups -- can provide similar kinds of benefits.