Stress relief: We respond to stress through a fight-or-flight response, releasing cortisol. Yoga reduces cortisol.
Pain relief: Yoga and meditation reduce pain for people with cancer, multiple sclerosis, auto-immune diseases, hypertension, arthritis, back and neck pain and other chronic conditions.
Better breathing: Breathing practices known as pranayama, reduce stress, improve lung function and encourage relaxation.
Flexibility: Increases mobility and range of motion. The ligaments, tendons and muscles lengthen, increasing elasticity.
Increased strength: Increases strength from head to toe. Relieves muscular tension throughout the body.
Weight management: Improves self-image and is associated with less age-related weight gain.
Improved circulation: Improves circulation by moving oxygenated blood to the body’s cells.
Cardiovascular conditioning: Lowers resting heart rate, increasing endurance and improving oxygen uptake.
Presence: The more we practice, the more aware we become. Opening the way to improved concentration, coordination, reaction time and memory.
Inner peace: The meditative effects of a consistent yoga practice help many cultivate inner peace and calm.