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What is Yoga?

Yoga is essentially a spiritual discipline based on an extremely subtle science, which focuses on bringing harmony between mind and body.

It is a combination of  art and science to create a form of healthy living. The word ‘Yoga’ is derived from the Sanskrit root ‘Yuj’, meaning ‘to join’ or ‘to yoke’ or ‘to unite’.

What are the benefits of Yoga?

Yoga offers both physical and mental health benefits for people of all ages. If you are going through an illness, recovering from surgery or living with a chronic condition, yoga can become an integral part of your treatment and support the healing process. 

There are 8 immediate benefits that come to mind, but every participant will have a different order of preference as to how Yoga has helped them. 

1. Yoga improves strength, balance and flexibility.

Slow movements and deep breathing help to increase blood flow and warm up muscles, whilst holding a specific pose will build strength in targeted areas.

2. Yoga helps with back pain relief.

Yoga is as good as basic stretching for easing pain and improving mobility in people with lower back pain and it is reported that it a first-line treatment for chronic low back pain with some practitioners.

3. Yoga can ease arthritis symptoms.

Gentle yoga has been shown to ease some of the discomfort of tender, swollen joints for people with arthritis, according to a Johns Hopkins review of 11 recent studies.

4. Yoga benefits heart health.

Regular yoga practice is believed to reduce levels of stress and body-wide inflammation, contributing to healthier hearts. Several of the factors contributing to heart disease, including high blood pressure and excess weight, may also be addressed through yoga.

5. Yoga relaxes you, to help you sleep better.

Research has shown that a consistent bedtime yoga routine can help you get in the right mindset and prepare your body to fall asleep and stay asleep.

6. Yoga can mean more energy and brighter moods.

As with any such activity, some experienced yoga users feel increased mental and physical energy, a boost in alertness and enthusiasm, and fewer negative feelings after undergoing a yoga session.

7. Yoga helps you manage stress. 

A bold statement but according to the National Institutes of Health, scientific evidence shows that yoga supports stress management, mental health, mindfulness, healthy eating, weight loss and quality sleep.

8. Yoga connects you with a supportive community. 

This one is undisputed. Participating in yoga classes can reduce loneliness and provide an environment for group approach to healing and support.