Why is yoga good for us?

  • Toning and strengthening. As a form of isometric exercise, the prolonged holding of yoga postures tones the muscles as well as internal organs.
  • Increasing flexibility. Gently holding yoga poses at the edge of comfort, stretches and lengthens muscles, tendons, and ligaments allowing them to become more flexible.
  • Improves respiration. Deep breathing during yoga practice opens the chest and strengthens the diaphragm.
  • Improves concentration. Moving mindfully while maintaining awareness of the body and breath develops focus, attention, and concentration.
  • Promotes relaxation. The combination of gentle stretching, deep breathing, meditation, and guided relaxation releases body tension and calms the nervous system and emotions, giving a sense of renewal to the body, mind, and spirit.
  • Builds internal and external awareness. As a focused practice, yoga builds awareness of the body and feelings, along with increasing awareness of the needs of others, our communities, and our world.
  • Facilitates improved health. In addition to exercising the mind and muscles, yoga exercises and massages the glands and organs and increases circulation throughout the body, resulting in improved digestion, elimination of toxins, and the promotion of overall health.
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