The benefits of yoga practice

The benefits of yoga go far beyond simply getting in shape. Regular “downward dogs” and “warriors” can transform the rest of your life, too.

Derived from the Sanskrit word “yuj,” meaning yoke or union, yoga is an ancient practice that brings together mind and body. Yoga consists of breathing exercises, meditation and poses which promote relaxation and reduce stress. Yoga practice is easily tailored to fit the pure beginner or the more advanced yogi. From young children to college athletes or mature adults, yoga offers something for everyone.

Practicing yoga is said to come with many benefits for both mental and physical health, and it’s therapeutic effect is thought to increase overall quality of life. Regular yoga practice can therefor transform your life on, and off, the mat in many ways.

Regular yoga practice may:

  1. Help ease stress and lower your levels of the stress hormone cortisol.
  2. Reduce the symptoms of anxiety.
  3. Lower inflammatory markers in the body and help prevent pro-inflammatory diseases.
  4. Decrease symptoms of depression by influencing the production of stress hormones in the body.
  5. Help improve balance and increase flexibility

In summary, regular practice of yoga promotes strength, endurance, flexibility and facilitates characteristics of friendliness, compassion, and greater self-control, while cultivating a sense of calmness and well-being.  Sustained practice also leads to important outcomes such as changes in life perspective, self-awareness and an improved sense of energy to live life fully and with genuine enjoyment.


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