The simple answer is that yoga makes you feel better. Practicing the postures, breathing exercises and meditation makes you healthier in body, mind and spirit. Yoga lets you tune in, chill out, shape up — all at the same time.
For starters, yoga is good for what ails you. Specifically, research shows that yoga helps manage or control a range of health issues like anxiety, arthritis, asthma, back pain, blood pressure, chronic fatigue, depression, diabetes, headaches, multiple sclerosis, stress and other conditions and diseases.
What’s more, yoga:
- Improves muscle tone, flexibility, strength & stamina
- Reduces stress and tension
- Boosts self esteem
- Improves concentration and creativity
- Lowers fat
- Improves circulation
- Stimulates the immune system
- Creates a sense of well being and calm.
And that’s just the surface stuff. In fact, most of the benefits mentioned above are secondary to yoga’s original purpose!
Yoga is about being in the world. Although most books, videos and websites focus on yoga postures, breathing and meditation, the tradition also emphasizes love, compassion, knowledge and right action as paths toward union.
Whether you pursue yoga as a spiritual path or for its psycho-physiological benefits, yoga is a methodology for developing a deeper experience of yourself and the world. And well, it makes you feel really good.
Written By: State Of Yoga Miami