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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.
4. Stress relief

4. Stress relief

Studies suggest that yoga's focus on deep and/or controlled breathing helps manage your body's “fight or flight” response to stress. This calming tendency may, in turn, have additional effects, such as boosting your immunity and easing inflammation.