Benefits of Yoga

Yoga has the potential to bring all aspects of our lives, physical, emotional and mental into alignment with our essence.

Everyone can benefit from practicing yoga. Yoga can be used to:

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  • manage stress
  • prepare for childbirth
  • recover from injuries
  • improve health and fitness
  • give one a philosophical perspective of life
  • bring tranquillity and mental strength
  • experience a form of physical exercise
  • improve your strength, flexibility, stamina and balance
  • feel an increased sense of well being and vitality
  •  exercise the inner organs
  •  improve circulation
  •  improve joint action
  •  overcome symptoms of an imbalanced life style
  •  alleviate headaches, stiff necks, lower backache, insomnia and digestive disorders
  • harness one’s energy bringing vitality to everyday activities
  • From a psychological viewpoint, yoga sharpens the intellect and concentration.
  • It steadies the emotions and encourages a caring concern for others.
  • Above all, it gives hope.

The practice of breathing techniques calms the mind.

  • Its philosophy gives life a balanced perspective. In the realm of the spiritual, yoga  brings awareness and the ability to be still.Through meditation, inner peace is experienced.

Thus yoga is a practical philosophy involving every aspect of a person’s being.

It teaches the evolution of the individual through the development of self-discipline and self-awareness. With the practice of yoga, an athlete can become a better athlete, a teacher a better teacher, an accountant a better accountant.

One of BKS Iyengar’s students, the violinist Yehudi Menuhin, acknowledged his teacher, not as his best yoga teacher but as his best violin teacher. “Yoga is like music. The rhythm of the body, the melody of the mind, and the harmony of the soul, create the symphony of life.”