Benefits of Yoga

PHYSICAL BENEFITS

STRENGTH
Yoga helps build strong muscles and bones.

FLEXIBILITY
Yoga helps to lengthen muscles increasing mobility of the joints.

IMPROVED POSTURE
Yoga develops an understanding of body mechanics encouraging healthy movement patterns and ideal postural alignment.

ABILITY TO RELAX
Yoga helps to develop the skill of complete relaxation.

BREATH AWARENESS
Yoga helps to draw attention to the breath as a reflection of state of mind and as a tool to aid relaxation and focus.

STABILITY AND BALANCE
Yoga provides physical experiences that ask the body to continually re-establish balance helping to develop coordination and prevent injury.

EQUALIZES ENERGY
Yoga revitalizes those with low energy and harnesses hyperactivity.

BENEFITS FOR THE MIND

STRESS MANAGEMENT
Yoga allows people to experience a sense of space around their concerns and provides techniques for redirecting thoughts and calming the nervous system.

DECISION MAKING
Yoga teaches us to make choices that respect ourselves and others.

CONCENTRATION
Yoga helps to develop one’s ability to focus through practical disciplines of breath and body work.

HEALTHY BODY IMAGE
Yoga provides a strengthened internal perspective – it helps self image develop free from media and other cultural influences.

ACCEPTANCE
Yoga cultivates gratitude for what the body can do; enabling teens to let go of the tendency to be critical of themselves and judgmental of others.

CURIOSITY
Yoga provides a healthy and fun way to experiment and take risks.

SPIRITUAL BENEFITS

COMPASSION
Yoga opens us to our greater qualities of kindness compassion and nonviolence.

CONNECTION
Yoga cultivates interconnectedness between ourselves and others and the natural world around us.

PRESENCE
Yoga heightens awareness and cultivates emotional connection whilst combating both numbness and drama.

INTUITION
Yoga encourages self trust by valuing ones’ internal voice.

Adapted from  http://yogaminded.com

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It is through the alignment of the body that I discovered the alignment of my mind, self, and intelligence

BKS Iyengar ~

Focus on keeping your spine straight. It is the job of the spine to keep the brain alert

BKS Iyengar ~

Your body is the child of the soul. You must nourish and train that child

BKS Iyengar ~