The Word "Yoga" means Union of Body, Mind and Spirit
My most trusted text describes Yoga as a "means of balancing and harmonising the body, mind and emotions...Yoga cannot provide a cure for life but it does present a proven method for coping with it"
Benefits from a regular yoga practise are well documented and supported by western scientific research. Common benefits that regular practitioners may experience include:
Improved flexibility - yoga asanas or postures encourage muscles to lengthen, allowing a greater range of movement. Joints are also nourished with fluid through the yoga movements.
Increased strength - many yoga asanas involve bearing weight, particularly in the legs and wrists. These help to improve muscle strength and bone density, warding off osteoporosis.
Ability to manage stress and cope with a range of emotions - yoga includes a variety of practices, such as breath control, deep relaxation, concentration and an approach to yourself and others that help to cope with day to day stress.
Simply attending a yoga class can offer you benefits. In one class, Yoga might:
- release your mind,
- let your body rest,
- give you energy,
- let you feel strong and flexible,
- allow deep relaxation,
- relieve aches and pains,
- release deep emotions,
- let your mind be still,
- allow better concentration.
With all these benefits, and many more, how can you resist? Yoga is suitable for people of all ages, all abilities and from all walks of life. Yoga practice can be intelligently adapted to suit people with a range of conditions. Yoga can be beneficial during pregnancy and for new mothers, for older people, for those with stress, chronic pain and long term illness.