Earlier this evening, I had a one -on- one yoga session with the new Yoga instructor, Jon, at my gym. It was a 75 minute session that left me with a clear mind, feeling rejuvenated and stress free. You've probably heard that yoga is good for you. Maybe you have even tried yoga and discovered that it makes you feel better. But what are the specific health benefits can you expect to enjoy from doing yoga regularly?
Some of the physical benefits include increased flexibility (especially in your hamstrings, back, shoulders and hips), strength (many yoga poses require you to support the weight of your own body in new ways, including balancing on one leg or supporting yourself with your arms), increased muscle tone, pain prevention and better breathing techniques. The practice of yoga also helps me calm my over-active mind, reduces my stress levels and helps me become more aware of my body and the different, yet subtle ways I can move it.