“The purpose of yoga is to build strength, awareness, and harmony in both the mind and body.”

As we all know, the benefits of physical activity on our health, far outweigh the risks. But when we think about physical activity, we sometimes skip over yoga, assuming that it is too relaxed or laid back to provide benefits. I am here to tell you that we are all very wrong! Many studies and articles have been written and researched on the overall physical and mental benefits that are associated with regular yoga practice.

According to the American Osteopathic Association, “The purpose of yoga is to build strength, awareness, and harmony in both the mind and body.” While there are hundreds of types of yoga that can be practiced, a majority are centered around breathing, meditation, and assuming various stretches and postures-which most people can successfully accomplish with a little instruction/demonstration.

Yoga can be practiced by people of all skill and activity levels and is not just for those who are well versed in it. Whether you enjoy sitting at home for most of the day, or you are a lover of the outdoors, you can be successful in your yoga practice!

Reduce your stress

Some of the physical benefits of yoga include:

  • increased flexibility
  • increased muscle strength and tone
  • improved respiration, energy and vitality
  • maintaining a balanced metabolism
  • weight reduction

The largest mental benefit of yoga that we have seen is a reduction in stress and help with stress management. As you may know, stress can manifest itself in several ways, including back or neck pain, sleeping problems, headaches, drug abuse, and an inability to concentrate.

Click the link to read the whole article: https://osteopathic.org/what-is-osteopathic-medicine/benefits-of-yoga/