Adapted from Yoga Alliance

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.