Yoga unifies the body, mind, and spirit. Here are just a few of the MANY physical and mental benefits of yoga.
Yoga strengthens muscles and bones.
- stretching lengthens and tones muscles and proper alignment improves posture and balances the muscular system, lessening wear and tear on your body as you age
- yoga stimulates synovial fluid in joints to keep healthy joints health
- weight bearing postures (asanas) build bone density and deep relaxation balances endocrine system, helping to form strong healthy bones
Yoga increases flexibility and range of motion.
- yoga increases mobility, decreases stiffness and discomfort, and aligns the skeletal and muscular system which decreases risk of injury
Yoga reduces pain and can be therapeutic.
- stretches and twists release tension and tightness, decreasing soreness
- proper alignment prevents wear and tear on ligaments/tendons and promotes healing
Yoga improves circulation and the various systems of the body.
- rotating, extending, flexing, and pressing body parts into one another and into the ground stimulates glands and organs, which has a massaging effect on the body
- these actions increase circulation, detoxifies, and rejuvenates the glands and organs by delivering all the cells of the body with a rich supply of nutrients and oxygen, balancing and improving the respiratory, digestive, nervous, circulatory, hormonal, reproductive, immune, and elimination systems
Yoga improves lung function.
- deep yogic breathing strengthens inspiratory and expiratory muscles, improving pulmonary function while profoundly soothing the nervous system
Yoga creates peace of mind and improves intellectual abilities.
- equilibrium of the body creates balance of the mind
- yoga faciliates hormonal secretions, which improves mood
- dedicated practice enables the body and mind to rise to higher levels of functioning, including improved memory, concentration, dexterity, reaction time, hand-eye coordination, and fine motor skills
Yoga develops body intelligence.
- detailed alignment instructions and encouragement helps students ‘feel’ postures
- awareness of the body improves attentiveness to the body on and off the mat
Yoga is for all ages and all walks of life.
- postures (asanas) can be modified and practiced to suit any age and any level of physical condition without straining the body and the systems within
- yoga helps resist illness in elderly students whose healing abilities decrease with age
- for athletes, yoga shapes the body, increases range of motion, poise, ability to focus, hand-eye coordination, and decreases performance anxiety
- yoga improves adolescents concentration and memory for studying, keeps them physically active, and reduces stress and anxiety
- yoga engages children physically, balances their energy level, and boosts their immune system for a healthy future
Weatherson, Carolyn. Maha Pura YTT Manual – Level I (2009)