“Yoga is not a panacea, but it is a powerful medicine indeed for the body, mind, and spirit.”
– Timothy McCall, M.D.
Improves Flexibility & Joint Health
Yoga practice increases muscle flexibility and the range of different joint movements. For example, a lack of flexibility in the hips can put strain on the knee joint, or back pain can be caused by tightness in the hamstrings. Yoga can help improve this.
Yogic tools such as asana (physical postures) and pranayama (breathing techniques) can enhance the parasympathetic nervous system, which is calming and restorative. It lowers breathing and heart rate, decreases blood pressure, and increases blood flow to the internal organs.
Muscle weakness contributes to numerous problems, including arthritis, back pain, and falls in the elderly. Practicing asana (the physical postures of yoga) strengthens muscles in a functional way, balancing strength with flexibility.
Leads to Healthier Habits
Yoga practice facilitates psychological health and sensitivity to the body, encouraging people to make healthier choices.
Improves Posture & Balance
Most people these days are slouched over a computer or mobile device the majority of the time. Yoga helps improve back and neck muscles leading to better posture, whilst also using the body in a more balanced way, minimising muscle imbalance that so often leads to bothersome symptoms and injuries.
Fosters Spiritual Growth
The regular practice of yoga often puts practitioners in touch with a different side of themselves. Learning to quiet the restless mind and tune in to its tricks and habits can foster feelings of gratitude, empathy, forgiveness and the sense that you’re part of something bigger than yourself.