The word yoga is Sanskrit for yoke, or union. In the practice of yoga we seek to create union between the mind and body.
Yoga is the perfect example of holistic health because of this combination of mind and body. After all the body cannot exist without the mind and vice versa.
By repairing the body, we are more able to repair the mind. If you feel tense in the neck,
shoulders, or hips, you’ll find it more difficult to relax and be happy.
In order to do this, Yoga is comprised of the asana (physical postures) and a philosophy that offers tools to finding true, lasting happiness.
There are many types of yoga and nearly anyone can participate in one form or another.
A regular yoga program can bring the simple techniques of mindful and relaxed presence into every moment of your day. You will begin to feel more connected with your body as well as the people in your life. A feeling of joy will permeate your world and improve relations with those around you.
Some benefits include:
Strengthen muscles and bones
Enhance blood flow
Improve coordination and balance
Boost efficiency of heart and lungs
Manage new or recurring pain
Promote a healthy pregnancy
Balance the endocrine system
Develop body awareness
Maintain focus longer
Generate more positive thoughts
Decrease anxiety/reaction to stress
Reduce your risk of chronic disease
Achieve better posture
Realize deeper sleep