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Health Benefits Of Yoga


The health benefits of yoga can be grouped by there physical, mental, and spiritual effects.  Let's take a look at each of these individually.

Physical Benefits


health benefits of yogaYoga can help strengthen the muscles, but this is not limited to the muscles on the outside of your body.  Done properly, it will also strengthen your internal muscles like your heart and the muscles in your abdomen (which work your lungs).

Regular yoga practice will also increase the flexibility and strength of your muscles, joints, and tendons.  It will give you a great cardio workout and improve your muscle endurance in a way that more conventional exercises like weight training will not do.

By improving your internal systems, yoga will help with your digestion, which will help you lose weight.


Mental Benefits


Yoga's focus on deep breathing relaxes the body, which helps to calm and relax the mind as well.  The concentration that is acquired in a yoga class can also be applied to other areas of your life as well.

Spiritual Benefits


When the ancient yogi masters developed their yoga systems, their goal was to be in touch with themselves and the world around them.  In the modern world, you often spend your day around people and doing things.  However, you will often lack a sense of connection to them and the world around you.  Regular Yoga practice can help you feel the reality that you are not just existing, but are part of the  world.

The Health Benefits of Yoga for Me


For myself, yoga is fantastic for healing my body, particularly my ligaments and joints.  I like to play tennis.  However, when I'm done, my knees often hurt (this is a legacy of all the running I used to do).  Yoga is what I do fix my knees.  Without Yoga, I wouldn't be able to play tennis.  It literally keeps me in the game.

Yoga also keeps me calm and focused.  When I skip a couple of classes, I definitely do not feel as alert or as good as when I attend my classes regularly.

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