1. Encourages flexibility
Does your body constantly feel stiff and inflexible? Yoga improves your flexibility, which not only enhances the quality of your day-to-day life but also reduces your risk of injury when you exercise.
2. Improved mental fitness
Yoga benefits both your body and mind equally. Practicing yoga can reduce your stress levels, leaving you feeling much calmer and more relaxed. With regular practice, this sense of calmness and relaxation can become natural in everyday life.
3. Healthier blood
Research has shown that practicing yoga regularly relaxes your blood vessels and enhances circulation. This can lower your blood pressure, while ensuring all your muscles and vital organs have a constant supply of oxygen.
4. Improved posture
Yoga boosts your posture. The slow, controlled movements of yoga promote proper spinal alignment and help to permanently strengthen and straighten your back. This improved posture reduces back pain, improves your breathing and circulation, protests against injury and much more.
5. Reduced risk of chronic disease
Yoga helps fight chronic diseases such as cancer, diabetes and heart disease in numerous ways. Firstly, many chronic diseases are directly linked to stress and by practicing yoga regularly; you naturally lower your stress levels. Secondly, yoga improves your physical health and evidence has shown that high levels of physical health can be directly correlated with lower levels of chronic disease. Finally, the enhanced blood flow that comes as a result of practicing yoga improves your overall internal health.
6. Lower weight
If you choose the right type of yoga, you can burn up to 600 calories per hour. Two of the most effective types of yoga for burning fat are Bikram/Hot Yoga (477 calories per hour) and Vinyasa Yoga/Flow Toga (594 calories per hour).
7. Increases sense of balance
Many yoga moves involve holding your body in positions that test your balance. As a result, your balance naturally improves with regular yoga. This improved balance enhances the coordination between your brain and muscles, increases your core stability and helps you isolate individual muscles more effectively.
8. Better respiration
Yoga promotes slower, more controlled breathing. This opens up your chest, soothes respiratory disorders (such as asthma and bronchitis), and boosts digestion.
9. Reduced soreness
Yoga releases your entire body and helps to loosen up your joints, muscles and more. In addition to this, it promotes good posture and enhances circulation. This has a soothing effect on your entire body and helps to alleviate chronic pain and soreness.
10. Strength and tone
Yoga requires you to get into and hold positions that will naturally strengthen your muscles, using only your body weight for resistance.