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A Variety of Physical, Emotional, & Spiritual Benefits of Yoga
A Variety of Physical, Emotional, & Spiritual Benefits of Yoga

There are many benefits of yoga and possibly more than we even know. It is a practice that is meant to benefit your entire being. Your body, mind, and soul are all connected, and each of them can benefit from practicing yoga. To many, the physical benefits of yoga are the most obvious. They are real and plentiful and increasingly backed by science and research.

There is an array of benefits of yoga however and they're not all physical. Below are some key benefits, and while these are some common benefits, the benefits of yoga are certainly not limited to this list. 

Here are some of the various benefits of yoga by category:

Systems of the body:

  • Benefits the circulatory system
  • Regulates your adrenal glands and lowers your cortisol levels
  • Boosts your immune system
  • Balances your nervous system
  • Benefits your lungs and respiratory health

Musculoskeletal systems:

  • Back pain relief
  • Improves strength, balance, and flexibility
  • Benefits arthritis symptoms
  • Benefits cardiovascular health and regulates blood pressure
  • Prevents cartilage and joint breakdown

Mental & Emotional Health:

  • Improves sleep
  • Relieves stress
  • Increases concentration
  • Increases happiness
  • Relieves anxiety and depression 

Spiritual:

  • Offers a deeper connection with yourself
  • Increases presence
  • Provides a spiritual path and set of character virtues or ideas to live by to inspire you 

Every single person is unique, and yoga’s benefits will be different for each of us. Different styles of yoga emphasize and aim for specific benefits. You can come to your mat for greater physical fitness, better mental health, a sharper mind, or a sense of purpose. There is no right or wrong reason to practice, and it’s possible you’ll experience this whole array of benefits with time and consistent yoga practice.

Treat yourself to these benefits of yoga, by showing up on your mat, with this yoga challenge!


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