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10 Health Benefits of Practicing Yoga

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9. Improve your Sleep.

Sleep is by far the most important element in a healthy lifestyle. When the body is sleeping, it releases hormones during specific portions of your sleep patterns that help to repair and build your muscles, tissues, and cells. In addition, the body secretes certain substances that help it to fight off illnesses and infections, which is an obvious win. Regular yoga practice has been shown to improve sleep duration and the quality of your sleep. It is thought that yoga helps to improve the time your body spends in its REM cycle, which is when all of the important hormones and substances are released. The more time your body spends in REM sleep, the healthier it becomes.