Health Benefits of Yoga
Strength: Some yoga poses call for you balance on one leg or support yourself with your arms which increases your strength by supporting the weight of your body in new ways.
Flexibility: The tightness in your body can be stretched in new ways that will help you to become more flexible. This will bring greater range of motion to joints and muscles, such as back, shoulders, hips and hamstrings.
Improved Breathing: Pranayama, yoga breathing exercises, center attention on the breath and will teach you how to better use your lungs, and this in turn will benefit your entire body. Most of us breathe shallowly, but pranayama will help you to breathe more deeply. This can benefit you by clearing the nasal passages and calm the central nervous system.
Pain Improvement: Some types of chronic back pain are caused by sitting at a computer for long periods, or other kinds of job-related stress. Tightness and spinal compression caused by these can be relieved and even prevented by yoga poses that strengthen back muscles. Yoga also helps improve your body alignment which can prevent many other types of pain.
Muscle Tone: You’ll not only feel good, but will look good. With practice, you will see increased muscle tone. Yoga helps shape long, lean muscles.
Stress Reduction: Yoga places emphasis on being ‘in the moment’ and requires concentration of the poses. This helps you relieve stress.
Mental Calmness: Yoga teaches you how to breathe and disengage from your thoughts, and also meditation techniques. These all help to calm your mind.
Body Awareness: The precise and concentrated poses of yoga help you to align your body which leads to improved posture and greater self-confidence.