Benjamin “Ben” Shoval is an entrepreneur who has successfully built businesses in industries ranging from housing to computer training. As part of his routine to stay healthy, Ben Shoval practices yoga.
Yoga has many benefits. Perhaps one of its primary benefit is that almost anyone can practice it. Like any other physical activity, individuals with extreme conditions may need to seek a physician’s clearance before engaging in it. Overall, however, most of the general population can practice it, and poses can be modified to suit one’s capabilities. Yoga is not out to make people perform pretzel-like poses.
Yoga’s relaxation techniques can help to reduce chronic pain, such as arthritis, headaches, carpal tunnel syndrome, and lower back pain. Other physical benefits include increased flexibility, improved respiration, increased muscle tone and strength, improved vitality and energy, reduction in weight, and better athletic performance.
Some may even value more the mental benefits that yoga brings, as it can help people manage stress. Stress can have severe negative effects on our mind and body. It manifests itself in a variety of ways such as sleeping problems, concentration difficulties, back pain, headache, and drug abuse. Yoga promotes coping skills and can help people look at life in a more positive way.