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Yoga is a mind body discipline that originated in India more than 5000 years ago. Hatha Yoga practiced in the West focuses on physical postures or exercises called “asanas”, breathing exercises called “pranayama” and meditation. These components of yoga bring the body, mind and spirit together in harmony.

As individuals become more aware of yoga’s benefits, it has gained respect as a valuable method for managing stress and improving health and well-being.

Many physicians now recommend yoga practice to patients with back pain, cardiovascular conditions, arthritis, depression, and other chronic conditions.

In the Yoga Tradition a central theme is “everything is joined or yoked together.” A student of Hatha yoga will benefit from connecting mind, spirit and body as physical postures, breathing techniques and meditation is practiced.

The benefits of yoga for health and fitness have long been reported by many students of yoga and now scientific research is confirming many specific benefits of a regular yoga practice.

Yoga Fact Sheets from Yoga Alliance

Benefits

  • Reduces the effects of stress
  • Lowers heart rate and lowers blood pressure
  • Calms nervous system
  • Eases pain
  • Improves breathing
  • Improves mobility
  • Improves flexibility
  • Strengthens muscles
  • Relieves muscular tension
  • Increases stamina
  • Improves circulation
  • Promotes cardiovascular health
  • Improves posture
  • Improves body alignment which can relieve pain
  • Improves balance recovery
  • Increases body awareness
  • Increases mental clarity and focus
  • Enhances bodily processes, digestion
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