Yoga reduces the physical effects of stress on your body. By encouraging relaxation, yoga helps lower levels of the stress hormone cortisol. Related benefits include lower blood pressure & heart rate, improved digestion, boosted immune system, and eased symptoms of conditions such as anxiety, depression, fatigue, asthma & insomnia. Life-damaging behaviors spontaneously diminish (use of alcohol & drugs, overeating, etc.) & emotional imbalances fade (depression, anxiety, anger, insomnia, mood swings, etc.)
Yoga can ease your pain. Studies have demonstrated that yoga asanas (postures), meditation, or a combination of the two, reduce pain for people with conditions such as cancer, multiple sclerosis, auto-immune disease, and hypertension, as well as arthritis, back and neck pain, and other chronic conditions. Some practioners report that even emotional pain can be eased through the practice of yoga.
Yoga is a science of energy. The more you breathe the more energy you have to meet life's challenges with creativity & ease. Yoga teaches you to take slower, deeper breaths. This helps to improve your lung function, trigger your body's relaxation response, & increase the amount of oxygen available to your body.
Yoga helps to improve your flexibility & mobility, increasing your range of movement & reducing aches & pains. Many people can't touch their toes during their first yoga class. Gradually they begin to use the correct muscles. Over time your ligaments, tendons, & muscles lengthen, increasing elasticity, making more poses possible. Yoga helps improve body alignment resulting in better posture & helping to relieve back, neck, joint, & muscle problems.
Yoga asanas (postures) use every muscle in your body, helping to increase strength literally from head to toe. And, while these postures strengthen the body, they also relieve muscle tension & build self-confidence.
Yoga (even less vigorous styles) can aid weight control efforts by reducing your cortisol levels as well as by burning excess calories and reducing stress. Yoga also encourages healthy eating habits and provides a heightened sense of well being and self esteem. One of our students lost 30 pounds in 3 months!
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Yoga reduces your stress (which causes body systems to decay and fail), improves strength & flexibility, keeps your weight normal, increases circulation, and keeps mind/body conditioning strong.
Yoga helps improve your circulation & more efficiently move oxygenated blood to your body's cells. Even gentle yoga practice can provide cardio-cascular benefits by lowering your resting heart rate, increasing endurance, & improving oxygen uptake during exercise.
The 'meditative' aspect of yoga will help you reach a deeper, more spiritual, and more satisfying place in your life. Many who begin to practice for other reasons have reported this to be a key reason that yoga has become an essential part of their daily lives. Yoga, along with meditation, unfolds all your untapped potential - "200% of life" - 100% outer value of life (a mind that is clear, alert, creative, intelligent, peaceful, and free); a body that is full of life energy, stress-free, healthy, and blissful; a heart that is appreciative, giving, compassionate, and soft), PLUS 100% inner value of life (Self-realization, awakening, enlightenment - deep peace, real freedom, profound stability).