Yoga has plenty of physical benefits including improved flexibility and strength. Yoga also helps ease back pain, increases lung capacity, strengthens muscles, and improves balance and stability. The physical practice improves cardiovascular health and prevents injury. The physical benefits are endless as there is a practice that fits every person at every level.
Yoga also improves mental well-being. It helps foster healthy stress responses. Yoga increases body and mind awareness and creates mental clarity. It improves concentration and focus, while reducing stress levels. It cultivates a perspective of gratitude and mindfulness that helps a practitioner remain present and simply breathe. This creates harmony within the mind and body. Yoga helps calm the sympathetic nervous system and activates the parasympathetic nervous system to help rest and calm the mind.
Moving and breathing in a yoga practice fosters both healing and self-development. Yoga helps a person become more mindful and introspective by practicing being purposeful and present. Yoga brings the body and mind into union and creates a deeper level of self-awareness. Yoga is a meditative practice that cultivates self-love and proper self-care.
"Yoga does not just change the way we see things, it transforms the person who sees." - B.K.S. Iyengar