Yoga Benefits

There is something to be said for setting aside the worries and concerns of our busy lives when we come to our yoga practice. It feels wonderful to be energized and relaxed after a class, ready to take on whatever life brings next! 



The practice of yoga provides many benefits:


Flexibility, Improved Lung Capacity, 

Better Posture, Strength Training, Increased Awareness, 

 Weight Management, Stress Relief



Flexibility


Yoga increases mobility of the joints, flexibility of the muscles, helps to keep the spine healthy and increases range of movement. 

 
Improved Lung Capacity 
 
As we deepen our practice, we also learn to deepen and slow down our breathing. At the same time, we are bringing increased oxygen levels to the body tissues, thereby moving the nervous system into its relaxation mode.


Better Posture 


With improved posture, many other elements improve, including balance, back, neck and joint problems, and other negative holding patterns. When in proper alignment, you can feel the energy flowing through your body without impediment. 


 
Strength Training


Many people don’t realize how excellent yoga is for strength training. While moving through a variety of poses, we are able to engage every muscle in the body. Standing, balancing and flow poses are all especially valuable for stamina and strength. 


 
Increased Awareness


Uniting our minds and bodies through the breath and poses brings increased self-awareness. This practice is a form of mindful meditation, which assists us in being in the moment, thus improving our ability to function in all aspects of our lives. We can bring new found patience and compassion to every relationship, whether it’s a colleague, friend or family member.



Weight Management 

 
Yoga brings mindfulness, which naturally encourages a more healthy approach to eating. Yoga has a positive effect on the endocrine glands, which promotes a sense of well being, resulting in less desire for food. The postures burn calories and lower cortisol levels as well as improving both digestion and elimination.  


 
Stress Relief

 
Yoga reduces the physical effects of stress on the body, lowering blood pressure, heart rate and the levels of the stress hormone cortisol. These combined effects help to improve immune function and digestion, ease anxiety, depression, insomnia as well as physical and emotional pain.