YOGA: The Key to Inner and Outer Health

Yoga generally conjures up images of calmness and health. So it’s no surprise that Yoga helps to reduce stress while giving you the benefits of exercise. But how? Yoga for Stress Shifting your focus to breathing and posing is an important part of yoga. Not only does it distract you from other thoughts, it calms your body and mind. Steady breathing works in conjunction with the poses you are required to make during a yoga session. These complex movements draw your attention away from deadlines, family issues and other stressors in your daily life. Yoga poses change blood flow and body positioning. Many yoga poses are created solely to alleviate stress. This is one of the reasons why people practice yoga. They want to be happier, more peaceful and have more energy. They want to feel better.

Physical Benefits of Yoga Yoga increases balance, flexibility, strength and range of motion — which is where exercise comes in. Yoga does more than calm you down and make you flexible. Yoga is a valid exercise choice offering health benefits such as improving strength, lowering risk of heart disease and weight control. Numerous studies comparing the effects of yoga and aerobic exercise show that yoga is as effective or even better than aerobic exercise at improving a variety of health-related measures.

"No one can get inner peace by pouncing on it." - Harry Emerson Fosdick