Yoga is a systematic practice of physical exercise, breath control, relaxation, diet control, and positive thinking and meditation aimed at developing harmony in the body, mind, and environment. The practice entails low-impact physical activity, postures (called asanas), breathing techniques (pranayama), relaxation, and meditation.

Benefits of practicing yoga include:

  • Physical

    • Improved body flexibility and balance

    • Improved cardiovascular endurance (stronger heart)

    • Improved digestion

    • Improved abdominal strength

    • Enhanced overall muscular strength

    • Relaxation of muscular strains

    • Weight control

    • Increased energy levels

    • Enhanced immune system

  • Mental

    • Relief of stress resulting from the control of emotions

    • Prevention and relief from stress-related disorders

    • Intellectual enhancement, leading to improved decision-making skills

  • Spiritual

    • Life with meaning, purpose, and direction

    • Inner peace and tranquility

    • Contentment

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Frances Dugan

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Chessi May