It’s no secret that yoga supports the body and mind in a number of ways here are a few:
- Stress relief: The practice of yoga is well-demonstrated to reduce the physical effects of stress on the body. Most yoga classes end with savasana, a relaxation pose, which further reduces the experience of stress.
- Pain relief: Yoga can ease pain. Studies have shown that practicing yoga asanas (postures), meditation or a combination of the two, reduced pain
- Better breathing: Yoga includes breathing practices which can be effective for reducing our stress response, improving lung function and encouraging relaxation. Many emphasize slowing down and deepening the breath, which activates the body’s parasympathetic system, or relaxation response. By changing our pattern of breathing, we can significantly affect our body’s experience of and response to stress. This may be one of the most profound lessons we can learn from our yoga practice.
- Flexibility: Yoga can improve flexibility and mobility and increase range of motion. Over time, the ligaments, tendons and muscles lengthen, increasing elasticity.
- Increased strength: Yoga asanas use every muscle in the body, increasing strength literally from head to toe. A regular yoga practice can also relieve muscular tension throughout the whole body.
- Improved circulation: Yoga helps to improve circulation by efficiently moving oxygenated blood to the body’s cells.
- Cardiovascular conditioning: Even a gentle yoga practice can provide cardiovascular benefits by lowering resting heart rate, increasing endurance and improving oxygen uptake during exercise.
- Inner peace: The meditative effects of a consistent yoga practice help many cultivate inner peace and calm.
- Sleep Soundly: Some studies have been done recently that suggests having yoga as part of your weekly exercise routine can help regulate hormone levels that affect your inner clock and sleep cycles. This means longer periods of sleep at night and better and more beneficial sleep.