Yoga has moved from the woowoo realm of mystics and spirituality to mainstream America. Many small cities have private yoga studios now, even here in Texas, land of the cowboy and Long Horn steer.
I practiced yoga for several years and enjoyed it immensely. I felt more peaceful, flexible and connected with my body and inner spirit.
The calm, meditative aspect of yoga is tremendous to combat stress and stress related issues. But besides the stress relief benefits, there are a host of other health benefits that yoga provides.
Yoga Journal has an article, 38 Health Benefits of Yoga, that discusses these benefits. See their article for more in depth information. Here’s a sampling of a few of the ways yoga can improve your life and your health.
- Improves your flexibility
- Builds muscle strength
- Increases your blood flow
- Drains your lymphs and boosts immunity
- Lowers blood sugar
- Relaxes your system
- Helps you sleep deeper
- Gives you inner strength
- Keeps allergies and viruses at bay
- Supports your connective tissue
See you in a bit! I’m off to dust off my neglected book of poses to see if I can restart my yoga time.