Why Practice Yoga?

learn about the benefits of yoga

The word yoga means “to yoke” or “to join.” Yoga connects the body, mind, and spirit, using the breath. It is an ancient practice, not a religion.

While the common understanding of yoga relates to the physical asanas (poses), yoga is so much more. Practicing yoga on a regular basis will lead to a sense of peace and wellbeing, as well as a connection to your environment. This is the true essence and power of yoga.

Below are just a few of the benefits that an ongoing practice of yoga can bring:

  1. Holistic fitness - comes from feeling physically fit, and also mentally and emotionally balanced.
  2. Weight loss - Besides being a form of exercise, yoga calms down the mind and impulsive tendencies.
  3. Stress relief - When focus our attention on the way our body feels, the content of our mind, and the quality of our breath, we enter into the present moment, which is a constant source of peace.
  4. Improved immunity - Yoga poses massage the internal organs, strengthen muscles, and increase circulation, all of which detoxify the body. Yoga also increases circulation of the lymphatic system.
  5. Living with greater awareness - When practicing yoga, the mind is brought to the present moment.
  6. Better relationships - When your mind is relaxed, happy, and content, you are better able to be present for others.
  7. Increased energy - The breath is naturally energizing, as it oxygenates the blood and brain.
  8. Better flexibility & posture - Practicing yoga regularly will automatically leave you with a body that is strong, supple and flexible.
  9. Better intuition - Because of this increased ability to listen to our bodies and minds, yoga and meditation have the power to improve our intuitive ability in a way that allows us to effortlessly realize what decisions are best to make.

It is important to remember that these benefits come with a regular practice. So keep practicing! It is important to learn and practice yoga postures under the supervision of a trained teacher. In the case of a medical condition, practice yoga postures after consulting a doctor.