Translated from the Sanskrit, Yoga means union.
When practicing Yoga we unify our mind and body.
Yoga reduces stress by decreasing our Cortisol Level in the Body!
Especially in combination with meditation and breathing techniques, it affects the body and mind positively!
And as having a relaxed body and mind helps you to relax in general, also the quality of your sleep might very likely increase. So if you struggle from sleeping issues, then do 15 minutes of gentle Yoga just before going to bed.
Of course developing a Yoga routine will make your muscles and joints more flexible, while building strength, but it also helps you to find more balance (inside and outside). That’s the reason why most top athletes have started to add Yoga to their exercise routine. When you’re stuck at a certain level in your Sports routine, Yoga might be the complementary part of the puzzle, that has been missing – try it out!
Pranayama (the yogic breath) which is practiced while moving on the mat, will help you to reconnect to your breath. That might sound strange, but if you really think of it – how often do you bring awareness to your breath? That barely happens! Focusing and reconnecting to your breath will help you increase your vital capacity, which is especially beneficial for people with asthma or lung diseases.
Those are just some of the benefits, that our body can profit from by doing Yoga, so just grab a mat, and start practicing 🙂
(I’ll do another article, focusing on the mental benefits)