Yoga practice involves breath work (pranayama) to connect the mind and body, as well as to connect our thoughts and feelings with movement. Yoga is a great indoor activity with many different styles that work for all ages and levels of physical activity.
Benefits of practicing yoga
Yoga provides a number of physical, mental, and emotional benefits such as:
- Reduced blood pressure
- Improved digestion
- Stress reduction and relaxation
- Better posture, strength, flexibility, and balance
Yoga also has been shown to benefit individuals with chronic diseases and disabilities through:
- Improved body awareness and orientation
- Development of focus and concentration
- Encouragement of learning and creativity
- Increased awareness of our connectedness to others
Choose the type of yoga that’s best for you
Please note: Many in-person yoga classes are canceled until further notice due to measures taken by the state of South Dakota in response to COVID-19.
One can adhere to safe social distancing by practicing yoga from the comfort of home. Search online to choose from a wide variety of virtual yoga classes and routines. You’ll find different types of yoga, teachers, and styles.
Make sure to select an appropriate class and instructor for your skill level. Types or styles of yoga vary in pace and emphasis. There will be slower-paced practices that include breathing and meditation, to faster types combined with rhythmic breathing.
For example, need to stretch and relax? Try this gentle yoga routine from SDSU Extension.
Want to learn more? Explore more information on the different types of yoga as well as safety, equipment, clothing, and etiquette.