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What are some of the benefits of yoga aside from the physical ones such as flexibility and strength?

Asked 4/15/2021 13:15 by Laurie B.
Elizabeth Sherman

Elizabeth Sherman

Answered 4/18/2021 12:38

There are lots of different types of yoga, all which have their own focus. Yes, of course there’s flexibility with most, and the more athletic versions can also help you to increase your strength and cardio capacity. But what I think yoga does best is more related to the brain and the mental aspects to maintaining a healthy life. Yoga helps to re-integrate the body-brain connection. It helps us to connect with our bodies so that we can listen to and understand what our bodies need - when it’s hungry, thirsty, tired, emotional, needs to exercise, or just rest. Additionally, the yogic breathing practices can really help to manage our stress response as creating a breathing practice has been shown turn on the parasympathetic nervous system (daily function) and to turn off the sympathetic nervous system (fight or flight) which for many of us is on most of the time due to chronic stress. And those two benefits have a trickle down effect that can help all of us to create a healthier life - not only physically, but emotionally, and mentally too.

Stephanie Barton

Stephanie Barton

Answered 4/28/2021 17:48

Hello Laurie. Not only does yoga help with flexibility and strength, when practiced regularly it attunes you to the deeper parts of Self. By moving the body, via the breath, you start to access a connection to the more subtle parts of your Being which in turn starts to alter the way you show up in your life: more grounded, a greater sense of clarity, the ability to handle situations in your life with more acceptance and ease. The list is truly endless because the practice of yoga transforms pretty much every aspect of your life and your Being, from the gross to the subtle. It's definitely a journey worth exploring!

Stephanie Barton

Stephanie Barton

Answered 4/28/2021 17:48

Hello Laurie. Not only does yoga help with flexibility and strength, when practiced regularly it attunes you to the deeper parts of Self. By moving the body, via the breath, you start to access a connection to the more subtle parts of your Being which in turn starts to alter the way you show up in your life: more grounded, a greater sense of clarity, the ability to handle situations in your life with more acceptance and ease. The list is truly endless because the practice of yoga transforms pretty much every aspect of your life and your Being, from the gross to the subtle. It's definitely a journey worth exploring!