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New to yoga? You need not fear the ancient practice, my friends.

Though yoga has a worldwide, cult-like following, being a seasoned yogi with thousands of sun salutations and pigeon poses under your belt is not a prerequisite of popping off your shoes, tossing down a mat, and grabbing a seat in class — or in front of your smart TV, tablet, or phone via Forte.

And to be entirely honest, the prejudice (we’ve all heard, “yoga’s for girls”), fright (I can’t twist like a pretzel), and skepticism (Yoga? Yawn) you may have experienced in regards to yoga is overwhelmingly outweighed by the heaping dose of advantages a minor commitment to the class will have on your body, mind, and spirit.

Intrigued? Here’s why you should explore an education in the timeless practice:

Beyond its most publicized, yet often overlooked advantages like increased flexibility, better breathing, and more muscle tone, a plethora of studies found through the U.S. National Library of MedicineNational Institutes of Health — a tongue-twisting resource that only publishes reliable scientific data — proves the little four-letter word packs a knockout punch of life-improving benefits highlighted by significant stress relief, pain reduction, and weight loss.

More, you say? Bonus points for the exercises being used as a crucial component of depression and addiction treatment. Ultimately, yogic practices improve quality of life. It’s as simple as that. From average joe’s and weekend warriors to gym rats and professional athletes (everyone from LeBron James to the stars of the Seattle Seahawks participate in the practice), we all need a little yoga in our lives. Ready to give it a go? Stop stalling and start streaming straight from home thanks to FORTË.

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Clay Manley is a word nerd with a fitness background. A Certified Personal Trainer who took his talents to the keyboard. You can give him a shout and find more of his work here.

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