25+ Surprising Health Benefits of Yoga

by Michelle on May 1, 2018

These days nearly everyone has heard about yoga…a group of physical, mental, and spiritual practices which originated in ancient India involving specific body postures.  Many people practice yoga to maintain health, achieve well-being, improve physical fitness, relieve stress, and to enhance their quality of life. It’s also helpful in addressing specific health conditions like back and neck pain, arthritis, anxiety, and depression.  People of any age can practice yoga and even if you have trouble moving around there are many ways to adjust the poses or even use specific items like a foam block or a strap to still achieve the benefits of the positions.

There are many reasons to try yoga and just as many poses for those reasons.  From increased strength and flexibility to heart health and pain relief, the focus is on Prana…meaning “life force”, “life energy” or “vital principle”…it comprises all cosmic energy and centers around your breathing as the way to a healthy, balanced person.  Yoga is about more than just the movement, it’s about centering yourself and connecting the body and mind in a way that addresses many vital areas of both.

There are many physical as well as emotional/psychological health benefits of yoga…here are just a few to give you an idea:

  1. Improves flexibility
  2. Builds muscle strength
  3. Perfects posture
  4. Helps with joint health
  5. Protects the spine
  6. Keeps bones strong
  7. Increases blood flow
  8. Helps the lymphatic system
  9. Aids in boosting immunity
  10. Drops blood pressure
  11. Increases heart rate
  12. Regulates adrenal glands
  13. Lowers blood sugar
  14. Improves balance
  15. Releases limb tension
  16. Provides deeper sleep
  17. Maintains the nervous system
  18. Boosts the immune system
  19. Improves lung function
  20. Helps with digestive problems
  21. Can help soothe sinus issues
  22. Increases mood
  23. Promotes a healthy lifestyle
  24. Relaxes your system
  25. Helps you focus
  26. Eases pain
  27. Contributes to mental clarity

There are many valuable resources out there if you wish to start utilizing this centuries-old practice of body and mind connective care.  Here are a few links to get you on the path to health through the practice of yoga:

There is no better time than now to start on your own personal journey towards good health and a balanced life.  Along with a healthy diet, yoga can play a part in that journey as a gentle, easy way to get some exercise and provide mental and emotional balancing as well.  Namaste




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