Benefits Of Yoga


Health benefits of Yoga

The practice of Yoga asanas develops strength and flexibility, while soothing your nerves and calming your mind. The asanas affect the muscles, joints and skin, and the whole body – glands, nerves, internal organs, bones, respiration and the brain.
The physical building blocks of Yoga are the posture and the breath.

Health benefits of Yoga include:

  • Cardiovascular system (heart and arteries) – This improves cardiovascular fitness and circulation. Studies show that regular Yoga practice may help normalise blood pressure.
  • Digestive system – Improved blood circulation and the massaging effect of surrounding muscles speeds up sluggish digestion.
  • Musculoskeletal – Joints are moved through their full range of motion, which encourages mobility and eases pressure. The gentle stretching releases muscle and joint tension, and stiffness, and also increases flexibility.
  • Maintaining many of the asanas encourages strength and endurance.
  • Long-term benefits include reduced back pain and improved posture
  • Nervous system– Improved blood circulation, easing of muscle tension and the act of focusing the mind on the breath all combine to soothe the nervous system.

Health benefits of Pilates:

  • Improved flexibility
  • Increased muscle strength and tone, particularly of your abdominal muscles, lower back, hips and buttocks (the ‘core muscles’ of your body)
  • Balanced muscular strength on both sides of your body
  • Teaches the correct use and activation of muscles
  • Improved stabilisation of your spine
  • Corrects posture and alignment
  • Rehabilitation or prevention of injuries related to muscle imbalances
  • Improved physical coordination, balance and proprioception
  • Relaxation of your shoulders, neck and upper back
  • Safe rehabilitation of joint and spinal injuries
  • Prevention of musculoskeletal injuries
  • Increased lung capacity and circulation through deep breathing
  • Improved concentration
  • Increased body awareness
  • Stress management and relaxation.
  • Brings about harmony through well being