Benefits of Yoga
Yoga has many physical, mental, and spiritual benefits. Yoga teaches breathing techniques and meditation to reduce stress and anxiety. Often, yoga is recommended for those who have trouble sleeping because of its calming affects.
Mentally, yoga can help you center your mind. This is a useful tool if you have trouble concentrating at work or school. Physically, specific yoga practices help strengthen and tone your body.
Though NOT a religion, yoga practices are often incorporated into Hinduism and Buddhism. Mantras, or chants, are part of certain yoga practices and are used to aid people spiritually. Choosing a type of yoga depends on your interests and/or what you are looking to accomplish.
- Increases flexibility
- Strengthens muscles and bones
- Improves posture
- Improves balance
- Stress management: provides techniques to redirect thoughts and calm the nervous system
- Increases concentration
- Increases curiosity over your own body and improves body image through self-knowledge and exploration
- Interconnectedness within yourself, others, and the natural world
- Heightens awareness and emotional connection
- Increases self-trusting through valuing one's inner voice
Written By: Jenny McElaney,
Special thanks to: Cindy Stack-Keer
Reviewed By: Nancy Brown, Ph.D.
Last Reviewed: October 2013
Below are links PAMF accessed when researching this topic. PAMF does not sponsor or endorse any of these sites, nor does PAMF guarantee the accuracy of the information contained on them.
The Eight Main Yogas, YogaWorld.com.
Yoga for Individuals with Disabilities, The National Center on Physical Activity and Disabilities.