For a host of great benefits, Yoga exercise is hard to beat.
The combination of Asanas (positions), Pranayama, (breathing) and meditation have proven to be extremely effective in relieving the symptoms of a number of disorders.
However, most people take classes for the more mundane benefits of yoga exercise. These can include:
- Flexibility: yoga exercise is renowned for its ability to increase flexibility. This is particularly important as we grow older - many of the ailments we typically consider to be the result of aging are nothing more that lack of appropriate exercise, and loss of flexibility is chief among these.
The various positions, or Asanas, move and lubricate the joints, ligaments and tendons of the body, allowing them to regain the flexibility lost in everyday life.
Massaging internal organs: this activity is perhaps unique in its ability to massage the internal glands and organs of the body. This stimulation and massage helps our body function better, in particular the digestion, and can play a role in the prevention of disease.
- Strengthening and toning: While this is not the activity to choose if you want big muscles, it is very effective in shaping and toning muscles that have become weak and flaccid.
- Mental benefits: The combination of physical and mental elements produces a calm state of self awareness - people report feeling calmer and more relaxed with regular practice.