The holidays can be a stressful time of year for several reasons. The weather is harsh, people visit family members they may not like, and, if one is a student, final exams are looming. However, yoga can provide natural stress relief at a time like this, according to The Crimson White.
Festivities during the holidays provide the perfect opportunity for stress eating, which will not only add on pounds, but also will not solve the stress issue, the news source said. A healthier way to cope with stress at this time of year is by attending New York yoga classes.
"No longer is it solely for the hipsters, my friends," wrote Tricia Vaughan. "Even celebrities such as Jennifer Aniston and Matthew McConaughey have jumped on the yoga bandwagon."
Among the health benefits of yoga are improvements in posture, breathing capability, stress management and flexibility, according to the news source.
As of 2007, more than 13 million adults in the U.S. reported practicing yoga within the previous year, according to the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, a division of the National Institutes of Health. The agency is supporting research that studies the relationship between yoga and blood pressure, chronic low back pain, depression, HIV, multiple sclerosis, smoking cessation and other conditions.