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.