Physical Benefit

Flexibility – stretching your tight body will help you gain flexibility in your hamstring, back, shoulders, and hips.

Strength – many yoga poses require you to support the weight of your own body by balancing on one leg or supporting yourself with your ams. Some exercises require you to move slowly in and out of poses, which also increases strength.

Muscle Tone – yoga helps shape long and lean muscles

Pain Prevention – increased flexibility and strength can help prevent the causes of some types of back pain. Yoga also improves your alignment which helps prevent many other types of pain.

Better Breathing – yoga breathing exercises called pranayama, focus the attention on the breath and teach us how to better use our lungs, which benefits the entire body. Certain types of breath can also help to calm the central nervous system, which has both physical and mental benefits.

Mental Benefits

Mental calmness – concentrating intently on yoga poses has the effect of bringing a calmness to the mind.

Stress Reduction – the emphasis yoga places on being in the moment can help relieve stress, as you learn not to dwell on past events or anticipate the future.

Body Awareness – small subtle movements in yoga will improve your alignment and this will increase your level of comfort in your own body. This can lead to improved posture and greater self-confidence.

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