It's wonderful to work out, lose weight and tone up, but yoga is so much more than a great workout.
Yoga means union. It is a state of being in the present, focusing on the here and now. It's a path to self discovery, fine-tuned awareness, and unification of the mind, body and soul. Yes, it is a series of postures that makes you sweat and burn calories, but more than that, it is a way to escape the restrictions of the mind and the limitations we put on ourselves.
Many people think yoga is part of a religion- particularly Hinduism. It is not a part of any religion. It is more a science through which we can restore the balance of our emotional well being and of course, our fitness. Through regular practice, you'll begin to notice subtle transformations in how you feel.
Yoga is not competitive or goal-oriented. Even when you're in a class full of people, it remains a personal practice. It is a time for you to go inward, staying with your breath, and move through the flow of postures, going only as far as feels good for you.
Some Physiological Benefits of a Regular Yoga Practice
Improved Sleep Quality
Decrease in Pain
Hand-Eye Coordination Improves
Range of Motion Increases
Gastrointestinal Function Normalizes
Blood Pressure Decreases
Some Psychological Benefits of a Regular Yoga Practice
Anxiety and Depression Decrease
Social Adjustment Increases
Development of Self Awareness