benefits of yoga

a prescription for radiant health

Shirley Wu adjusts one of her students during vinyasa class.

The ultimate goal of yoga is to achieve total harmony inside and out — aligning the body, mind and soul not only with each other, but also the entire Universe.  

This state of abiding wholeness and union is obviously not easy to achieve.  It’s a spiritual quest made even more difficult when we are broken physically, emotionally, or mentally.

That’s why the yoga practice prescribes things that help bring about radiant health — like yoga poses, breath work, mantras, meditation, and ethical rules and values to guide our behavior.  

In the last few decades, Western scientists have taken a serious look at yoga.  Their inescapable conclusion — that yoga is good for you.

These are practices that heal us externally and internally.  When our bodies and minds are free of aches and pains, they cannot distract or burden us in our pursuit of inner peace and higher endeavors.

While yoga has been practiced on the Indian subcontinent for millennia, it’s only been in the last few decades that Western scientists have taken a serious look at it.  Their inescapable conclusion — that yoga is good for you.

Here are just a few of the potential benefits of the yoga practice:

  1. Better strength, flexibility and balance
  2. Relieve back and neck pain, stiff muscles and joints
  3. Improve cardio, respiratory and circulatory health
  4. Alleviate symptoms of certain chronic diseases
  5. Lose weight and tone muscles
  6. Feel more energy and vitality
  7. Control negative emotions
  8. Increase positive thoughts
  9. Cope with feelings of loneliness and isolation
  10. Sleep better and feel more relaxed
  11. Manage stress and anxiety
  12. Boost the body’s immune system

The key to experiencing these benefits is making your practice a part of your regular routine.  You have to commit to showing up on your mat:  once or twice a week to start, eventually working up to five or more times a week, if not daily.  

Those who’ve been practicing for awhile intrinsically know yoga is good for us.  When we skip our practice, we notice the difference.  And when we get back on our yoga mats, we can feel the goodness working through every layer of our being.  

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