Staying inert throughout much of the day, whether for a desk job or a series of classes, can allow your muscles to gradually atrophy, wasting away with disuse. However, yoga may help you maintain good health by putting your muscles to work in a gentle, low-impact way.
A study published in a recent issue of the journal Cantaurus revealed that students at Kansas' McPherson College Division of Science and Technology experienced similar gains in muscular endurance after training with either yoga or weight-lifting.
Not only that, but the disparities between the two regimens invariably favored yoga as the routine that built the most muscular power.
Whether the exercise was push-ups, pull-ups or dips, the college students involved in the study unilaterally made the greatest gains by meditating, stretching and performing a number of yoga poses.
This holistic mind-body regimen, which has existed in one form or another for thousands of years, may also contribute to improvements in mood, energy and a sense of peace. Numerous Dahn Yoga centers across the U.S. offer yoga sessions for people of all ages and backgrounds.