The Benefits of Yoga



What is yoga and what are its benefits? You probably know at least one person that regularly practices yoga. Maybe you’ve been dying to try it but don’t know much about how it works. Yoga is a combination of movement (asana), breathing (pranayama), and meditation. These three things, combined, aim to align the body and mind. Yoga is a five thousand year old practice. It only came to the United States, however, in the late 1800s. Additionally, it was not widely recognized until the 1960s. Once its benefits were recognized, its popularity rose.

There are many benefits of practicing yoga regularly. Some of these include: increased vitality and energy, release of muscle tightness, improved posture, better circulation, and even help with digestion. Mentally, yoga allows you to cope more effectively with stress and bring more balance, awareness, and joy into your life. Whenever you have a tough day and leaving the house is the last thing you want to do, yoga is actually probably the best thing for you to do. It is a lovely place to go relax and release.

After your first class, you will have improved brain function, lower stress levels, and increased flexibility. After a few months of classes, your sense of balance will improve. Chronic back and neck pain should be reduced or gone altogether. You might even have a greater lung capacity and lower blood pressure. After years of consistent practice, your bones will be stronger and you will have a lower risk of heart disease.

Now that you have seen all of these benefits, why wouldn’t you give yoga a try? Come join us in one of our many classes here at The Open Mind Center! We offer a variety of yoga for both beginners and advanced students. You can sign up at the front desk or online at www.theopenmindcenter.com.