Seven Health Benefits of Practicing Yoga

Yoga is a tradition that has been practiced for more than 5,000 years, so it isn’t surprising that the practice has many different health benefits.  Today, the western exercise known as “yoga” usually means the repetition of asanas or poses that are part of an age-old religious practice detailed in the Yoga Sutras. This Western version of Yoga gives its practitioners a multitude of health benefits both physically and mentally.  Below are our top health benefits of yoga and why you should consider beginning your practice with one of our professionals during your stay at Zoetry Wellness & Spa Resorts.

1)    Yoga increases flexibility:  You can improve flexibility at any age and studies show yoga can improve flexibility 35% in just eight weeks.

2)    Yoga increases strength: Holding poses during a yoga session increases strength and endurance – especially in core muscles.

3)    Yoga improves posture:  Increased strength and flexibility combined with a heightened awareness of your body leads to better posture.

4)    Yoga improves breathing:  The deep breathing that goes in conjunction with holding and changing poses increases lung capacity.

5)    Yoga improves the heart’s functions: Yoga lowers blood pressure and slows heart rate, reducing stress on the vital organ.

6)    Yoga improves the ability to concentrate and boosts the mood:  Scientists suspect these improvements might come from increased oxygen flow to the brain.

7)    Yoga decreases stress levels and encourages a calm nature:  Yoga lowers levels of stress hormones and includes exercises to help slow a person’s mind chatter.

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Yoga is a great exercise because there are so many different poses and it can be a good exercise for every fitness level.  When beginning a yoga program, remember to always listen to your body – yoga should never hurt.  You should also make sure to begin under the supervision of a professional.  This way, you can be sure to keep the correct positions without getting hurt and have the breathing guidance to reap the most benefits from each session.

The Benefits of Swimming

One of the most beautiful aspects of Zoëtry Wellness & Spa Resorts is the pools. They’re bright blue and sparkle in the warm sun, and it’s likely you’ll see our guests splashing in the cool water with their family and friends. However, did you know jumping and swimming in our pools can actually be a great form of exercise and stress relief?

That’s right, swimming back and forth in a pool can actually burn several calories and promote a better quality of time. Since we value health and wellness at our resorts, we thought it would be fun to share the below infographic with you that details just how beneficial swimming can be to your health. So next time you’re by a pool, we hope you dive right in!

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The Health Benefits of Avocado

The avocado, a staple ingredient in countless Mexican food dishes, has been used for years not only for its great taste, but also for the health benefits it provides. Besides being a key ingredient in our famous guacamole at Zoëtry Wellness and Spa Resorts, the avocado offers numerous skincare advantages and aids in disease prevention. So, the next time you’re planning a summer meal, be sure that the avocado makes it onto your plate!

Here are just a few of the benefits the avocado has to offer:

Avocado Promotes Eye Health: Avocado contains certain nutrients that help prevent degeneration of the eye, as well as cataracts.

Avocado Lowers Cholesterol: Avocados are rich in beta-sistosterol, which has been proven effective in reducing cholesterol levels.

Avocado Prevents Strokes: In addition to fostering heart health, the high amount of folate in avocados has been shown to reduce the risk of stroke.

Avocado Protects Against Cancer: The nutrients in avocados, such as oleic acid, help protect us from three types of cancer: prostate, oral and breast cancer.

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The Power of Green Tea

Over 4,000 years ago, green tea was discovered by the Chinese and today, this refreshing drink has been the choice of many who are trying to maintain a healthy lifestyle. As you know, here at Zoëtry Wellness & Spa Resorts, we urge our guests to take care of their bodies and help them do so by providing them with the freshest and healthiest ingredients and that includes the option of green tea.

As you can imagine, green tea has a number of powerful health benefits and we’ve outlined a few of them below. So next time you go to grab a cup of tea, opt for green instead of black. Your body will thank you!

Green Tea Helps Fight Cancer. Green tea leaves contain EGCG which studies have shown helps the body fight cancer cells.

Green Tea Aids in Weight Loss. Drinking green tea can actually speed up a body’s metabolism helping it burn fat.

Green Tea Strengthens Hair. Green tea contains vitamin C, vitamin E and panthenol, which are all common ingredients in hair conditioner. Using conditioners with green tea can strengthen and repair hair.

Green Tea Loves the Heart. Green tea’s antioxidants are dilators and they improve the flexibility of blood vessels making them less vulnerable to clogging.

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