Benefits of Yoga

Benefits of YogaWhether you are trying mind-body exercise for the first time or an experienced practitioner, there are many ways in which you can benefit from this wellness activity.

Physical benefits

The body welcomes and requires active movement.  Any form of stretching will help the body stay limber and more vital. However, the physical benefits of yogic exercise are much more extensive than many realize:

  • Better flexibility of the spine and joints, increased range of mobility
  • Increased flow of blood and oxygen, lower blood pressure
  • Stronger balance and straighter posture, more energy
  • Improved digestion
  • Toned and strengthened muscles
  • Reduction of toxins built up in the body
  • Heightened immune system response
  • Lowered risk of happenstance injury

Regular practice can also greatly reduce the symptoms of a number of ailments, such as allergies, arthritis, chronic fatigue, diabetes, thyroid disorders and weight problems – especially when practicing a vigorous routine. A gentle practice can improve the health of people suffering back and joint pain or aid those in recovering from an injury. Many pregnant women also claim that doing mind-body exercise helps to prepare for labor and regulate hormones, pre and post natal.

Once the yoga poses become more familiar, practitioners begin to experience the benefits of yoga more experientially, thus frequency, commitment, and discipline are required.

Mental benefits

Through a dedicated and disciplined practice, many claim to experience:

  • Relief from stress
  • Mental clarity
  • Improved ability for concentration
  • Greater capacity for joy, contentment and peace
  • Deeper relaxation and better quality of sleep
  • Expanded consciousness and awareness, more alert
  • Increased desire to live a healthy lifestyle