Jennifer Lawrence's Fitness Routine Involves Yoga: Benefits of Yoga

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By Afza Fathima | August 4, 2014 11:24 AM EST

Jennifer Lawrence, who recently was bestowed with the Best Supporting Actress Academy Award nomination, has been following a stringent workout.

Her upcoming role as Everdeen Katniss in "The Hunger Games" demands from her stunts and skills that require concentration and a flexible body. For this very reason, the 23-year old American and TV actress is practising yoga.

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Jennifer Lawrence, best supporting actress nominee for her role in "American Hustle," arrives at the 86th Academy Awards in Hollywood, California March 2, 2014.

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Yoga can help strengthen your body, ease breathing and improve flexibility. Some types of yoga help in relaxation, while others help you move around more. Asanas are the learning positions that most types of yoga revolves around. 

Poses in yoga help stretch your muscles, making you move better and this also ensures that one feels less tired. According to a study, after eight weeks of yoga, people improved on their flexibility by a massive 35 per cent. 

Ashtanga and power yoga are styles of yoga there are very physical. These types of yoga will help tone the muscles. Styles of yoga like Iyengar and hatha help build strength and endurance.

Poses like downward dog, upward dog and the plank pose help in strengthening the upper body. Poses which involve standing strengthen the hamstrings, quadriceps and abs. Upward dog and chair poses strengthen the lower back. Almost all the poses build core strength in the abdominal muscles.

Strength and flexibility improves the posture. Core muscles support and maintain the poses and standing and sitting positions helps develop that. A stronger core helps one to sit and stand "tall."

Yoga also creates body awareness, which helps adjust one's posture in the case of slouching or slumping. 

Specific breathing techniques in yoga help pay attention to your breathing, which in turn relaxes the body and mind. Yoga usually isn't aerobic unless it is done in a heated room or is a really intense type of yoga.

Yoga also de-stresses and relaxes the mind. A few of the styles of yoga use meditation to help calm the mild. 

Another benefit of yoga is that it helps lower blood pressure and slows the heart rate, which is beneficial to those suffering from high blood pressure or heart disease and even those who've had a stroke. 

In people with high cholesterol and triglyceride, yoga is known to have lowered it, also helping the immune system function better.

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Jennifer Lawrence, best supporting actress nominee for her role in "American Hustle," arrives at the 86th Academy Awards in Hollywood, California March 2, 2014.
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