The Benefits of Yoga

Many people wrongly assume that you need to be young and flexible to practice yoga.  In fact, anyone can practice Yoga, and the less flexible you are the more there is for you to gain!

Most people have heard that Yoga is good for them, and many have tried it and felt how it make them feel better, but don’t necessarily understand why.

Yoga Class

There are numerous benefits both physical and mental which include:

  • Increased flexibility
  • Increased strength
  • Increased muscle tone
  • Pain prevention
  • Improved breathing
  • Lower blood pressure
  • Improved cardiovascular health
  • Healthier joints
  • Improved balance
  • Calmer mind
  • Stress reduction
  • Increased body awareness
  • Relieves depression and anxiety
  • Reduces insomnia

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“The autonomic nervous system is divided into the sympathetic system, which is often identified with the fight-or-flight response, and the parasympathetic, which is identified with what’s been called the relaxation response. When you do yoga – the deep breathing, the stretching, the movements that release muscle tension, the relaxed focus on being present in your body – you initiate a process that turns the fight or flight system off and the relaxation response on. That has a dramatic effect on the body. The heartbeat slows, respiration decreases, blood pressure decreases. The body seizes this chance to turn on the healing mechanisms.”  Richard Faulds