The Benefits of Yoga

 

Yoga has been practiced for more than 5,000 years and in the west yoga classes tend to focus on the physical poses called asanas.  They also include  a pranayama section and depending on the length of the class a short meditation.  The class finishes with a guided relaxation.

 

Regular yoga practice:

 

  • Improves flexibility, aches and pains disappear.

 

  • Strong muscles protect us from arthritis and back pain.

 

  • Improves posture.

 

  • Improves joint motion by taking them through their full range of movement.

 

  • Keeps your disc's supple.

 

  • Strengthens bones and helps ward off osteoporosis.

 

  • Relaxation can help to decrease heart attacks.

 

  • Increases drainage of the lymph helping to fight infection.

 

  • Improves cardiovascular conditioning, by lowering the resting heart rate.

 

  • Helps to reduce blood pressure.

 

  • Lowers cortisol levels which compromises the immune system.

 

  • Helps to alleviate depression and increases immune function.

 

  • Weight - move more and eat less - burns calories.

 

  • Lowers blood sugar and LDL ("bad") cholesterol and boosts HDL ("good") cholesterol.