Yoga aims to balance different energy flows within the human body. As a form of exercise, yoga consists of asanas or postures that embody controlled movement, concentration, flexibility, and conscious breathing. The postures range from the basic to the complex, from the easily accomplished to the very challenging. While the movements tend to be slow and controlled, they provide an invigorating workout for the mind and body, including the internal organs.

Health Benefits of Yoga

Yoga has both preventive and therapeutic benefits. It has been shown to offer both physical and mental benefits to the body and the mind.

The mental benefits include:

  • Increases body awareness

  • Relieves chronic stress patterns in the body

  • Refreshes the body by relieving muscle strain

  • Relaxes the mind and body

  • Centers attention

  • Sharpens concentration

  • Frees the spirit

Yoga exercises are designed to ease tense muscles, to tone up the internal organs, and to improve the flexibility of the body’s joints and ligaments. The aim of proper yoga exercises to improve suppleness and strength. Each posture is performed slowly in fluid movements. Violent movements are avoided; they produce a buildup of lactic acid, causing fatigue. It can be practiced by anyone, regardless of age, to achieve a more limber body, increased physical coordination, better posture, and improved flexibility without incurring the potentially negative effects associated with high-impact forms of exercise.

Helpful Tips from our Experts

  • Recognize your body’s capabilities
  • Never force your body into a posture or try to go beyond your limit
  • Ease yourself gently into each position
  • When holding a pose, if you feel tension building, breathe to try and relax
  • Some poses affect mood and energy differently:  Try Sun Salutation, backbends, and standing poses early in the day

“Young and old alike can practice yoga.  While there is no one who should be excluded, you should check with your doctor before you begin a course if you suffer from a medical condition or have any doubts.”