Why is Yoga good for You?

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Many women at my workplace are practicing yoga. It started with only few women, but now there is a big group that’s started taking yoga classes. My coworkers praise it and say they couldn’t be without it now, knowing all the benefits of it. They say it makes them feel so good, but never mention what it is exactly that is so great about it. Since I’m curious by nature and wondering whether I should try it out myself or not. I have been reading a lot of articles about yoga and now I’m going to share my findings here.

Yoga is nothing new it has been practiced for more than 5,000 years.  Yoga usually include some form of breathing technique, physical poses and possibly a meditation technique. Yoga combines both body and soul. The main focus is to maintain balance between your body, mind and spirit. There are many different types of yoga styles such as Pilates yoga, Bikram yoga, Power yoga, Ashtanga yoga, Hatha Yoga and Hot yoga. These are just few of the many different styles of yoga being taught today.

The Health Benefits of Yoga:

    • Improves muscle tone, flexibility, strength and stamina – regular yoga practice stretches and tones the body muscles and makes them strong.
    • Mental health and physical energy improves – by practicing yoga you will not just get physically fit but also mentally and emotionally balanced.
    • Reduces stress, tension and anxiety levels – creates sense of well-being and calm.
    • Boosts self-esteem – when the body and mind are balanced you feel better about yourself.
    • Improves concentration – yoga gives mind and body harmony through combination of meditation and breathing technique.
    • Weight loss – more vigorous yoga styles can provide a better workout than gentle yoga to lose weight. Yoga increases persons mindfulness and the way one relates to their body. Therefor  individuals will become more aware of what they are eating and make better food choices.
    • Improves blood-circulation one of the benefits of doing yoga is the overall improvement in blood circulation. The focus on proper breathing during practice increases the flow of oxygen-rich blood.
    • Stimulates the immune system – Yoga poses massage organs and strengthen muscles; breathing techniques and meditation release stress and improve immunity.
    • Sleep improves – teaches you relaxation techniques, including breathing exercises and meditation which is very useful to help sleeping.
    • Pain decreases – long-term benefits include reduced back pain and improved posture.
    • Balance improves – yoga helps to improve the imbalance caused by incorrect use of our body parts by improving your posture.
    • Gastrointestinal function normalizes – because of improved blood circulation and the massaging effect of surrounding muscles speeds up the digestion.


14 thoughts on “Why is Yoga good for You?

  1. Becoming the Best Me April 24, 2013 / 5:44 pm

    Thanks for the information! I plan on starting yoga soon. The only yoga I have done yet is a weight loss yoga dvd.

    • momsopinions April 24, 2013 / 8:10 pm

      I have also decided to start practicing yoga. Now I must decide what kind of yoga I should choose.

  2. Chris Griffin April 24, 2013 / 6:48 pm

    Great overview of yoga benefits. I have been practicing for several years, and love it. I practice other cardio and weight training programs, but yoga has special benefits. There is a level of peace and relaxation after a vigorous flow practice that you don’t find in other exercises. It really does exercise the mind, body, and spirit, helping us to focus on what our bodies and minds really need to be healthy. Thanks for the great article.

    • momsopinions April 24, 2013 / 8:16 pm

      Thanks for your reply, I’m looking to start practicing yoga. I must find a yoga class for total beginner.

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  4. bhardwazbhardwaz April 25, 2013 / 10:53 pm

    very well summarised Yoga benefits. It is an integrated approach to exercise, breathing and posture. While we say body, mind and spirit… perhaps there is need to greater clarity that all these exist together focussing on each one separately may not be very productive. Thus the integrated philosophy of Yoga.

  5. Miss.OnceUponAMarathon April 26, 2013 / 12:42 am

    I think I need to start doing yoga as a means for me to get a good stretch in! I have heard a lot of good feedback on hot yoga.

    • momsopinions April 26, 2013 / 9:29 am

      So have I, there are several women at work practicing hot yoga and they love it.

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  7. Physical Therapy Ridgewood May 21, 2013 / 7:21 am

    What a great article. Yoga is really good for all people. They should do this beneficial workout daily to live a healthy life.

  8. Holistic Wayfarer July 4, 2013 / 4:06 am

    I’m a firm believer in yoga. Thank you for the like on my apothecary.

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