Benefits of Yoga
1. Improved flexibility
The most obvious thing you will notice in your body is increased flexibility, in the muscles, ligaments and fascia. Common areas of tightness are the psoas and hamstring muscles, lengthening these muscles can help avoid back problems.
2. Strengthens muscles
Muscle strength can help protect us from conditions such as arthritis and lower back problems.
3. Improves posture
Living more sedentary lives, where many of us are sat at a desk can affect our postures. As we slump the body may compensate by flattening natural curves in the neck and lower back.
4. Prevents cartilage and joint breakdown
Joint cartilage is like a sponge; it receives fresh nutrients only when its fluid is squeezed out and a new supply can be soaked up. Without proper sustenance, neglected areas of cartilage can eventually wear out, exposing the underlying bone like worn-out brake pads.
5. Protects your spine
Moving the spine forwards, backwards and twisting helps to keep disks supple and healthy.
6. Improves bone health
Yoga is proven to help reduce the stress hormone cortisol which may help keep calcium in the bones.
7. Increases blood flow
Yoga delivers more o2 to your cells, resulting in better function. Twisting poses are thought to wring out venous blood from internal organs and allow oxygenated blood to flow in once the twist is released. Inversions encourage venous blood from the legs and pelvis to flow back to the heart, where it can be pumped to the lungs to be freshly oxygenated.