10 Health Benefits of Yoga
- Flexibility: Contrary to what you might believe, you don’t have to be flexible to start doing yoga. Regardless of age or weight, practicing yoga poses and incorporating the breathing techniques of yoga, you will find your flexibility begins to improve and you are able to do more and more poses over time.
- Strength: The beauty of yoga is that no weights or machines have to be used because your own body is the weight through which you build your strength. Through a variety of poses yoga helps to build muscles in key areas of the body, including the arms, the abdomen and the legs.
- Posture: Because yoga is so effective for strengthening the core muscles in the abdomen, as well as muscles in the back, most people realize improved posture which protects from back strain and helps you look confident and healthy.
- Balance: Balance is a “use it or lose it” skill needs to be practiced in order to not loose the ability. Many yoga practitioners report that after practicing for a few weeks, they are able to improve their balance and hold poses for longer periods of time. Coordination can also improve as you become more balanced, which means you’ll be less likely to injure yourself in other situations.
- Circulation: Studies have shown that doing yoga typically leads to better circulation in the body as channels open up through which blood flows. The more efficient your body is when it comes to circulation, the better equipped it will be to transport nutrients and oxygen throughout your body each and every day. This results in a wide variety of healthy benefits, including lower blood pressure and healthier organs.
- Endurance: Because yoga can lower your heart rate and improve the flow of oxygenated blood throughout the body, yoga can lead to better cardiovascular health and, in turn, improved endurance.
- Stress: Because yoga involves a kind of quiet concentration and deep breathing exercises, it typically tends to draw away the stresses of the day and lead to a more peaceful state. By lowering stress on a regular basis, you can often improve your health and your quality of life.
- Energy: One of the key benefits of practicing yoga is that it usually leaves participants feeling energized rather than tired after a workout. Unlike forms of exercise that involve extreme physical exertion and sweating that can leave you feeling drained, yoga’s slow and deliberate movements deliver a good workout without using up all of your energy.
- Weight: Yoga helps to increase your metabolism while also providing a calming, low-impact workout. That’s why yoga is a great way to start shedding extra pounds and start leading a healthier lifestyle.
- Chronic Conditions: Some people with chronic conditions find that yoga helps to keep their symptoms from chronic conditions such as sleeping disorders, cancer, depression and anxiety at bay or relieve some of the pain they experience on a regular basis.
“Yoga does not just change the way we see things, it transforms the person who sees.”
—B. K. S. Iyengar