Why do yoga? Stress relief, pain relief, better breathing, improved flexibility, increased strength, weight management, improved circulation, cardiovascular conditioning, focus and inner peace are just a few of the great benefits of a regular yoga practice.
I remember leaving my very first Yoga class feeling less stress than I’d felt in years! Only later did I learn that the practice of Yoga reduces the level of cortisol (the stress hormone) in the body. Try a class and experience the benefits for yourself.
Studies indicate that Yoga poses and meditation can provide relief from pain for people with conditions like cancer, auto-immune diseases, arthritis, back pain and much more. Always let the teacher know about any health conditions that could impact your practice.
You’ll learn to take slower, deeper breaths triggering your body’s relaxation response and improving lung function.
Don’t worry if your fingers don’t get anywhere near your toes! Add a consistent Yoga practice to your life and you’ll see steady improvement in your flexibility, mobility and range of motion, reducing aches and pains.
You’ll be stronger head to toe because Yoga poses use every muscle in the body. An added benefit is reduced muscular tension!
Yoga may help you with weight control by reducing cortisol levels, burning excess calories and reducing stress.
The stretching and breathing associated with the practice of Yoga poses improves circulation and aids the flow of oxygenated blood to the cells of the body.
Improved oxygenation, lower resting heart rate and increased endurance are all benefits of even a gentle Yoga practice.
The awareness you develop on the Yoga mat easily transfers to daily life. Enjoy the benefits of improved concentration, coordination and memory function long after you leave the Yoga Studio.
This is what keeps people coming back to Yoga classes. You may start to practice Yoga for relief of pain or improved flexibility but ultimately you’ll continue for the sense of peace and calm that you feel at the end of your practice and beyond!