The Top 10 Health Benefits of Yoga

YOGA can make you feel good both physically and
mentally. Here’s how.

1 Balance
Yoga can help with your sense of balance. There are all sorts of positions to help with this, such as Tree Pose where you have to stand on one leg.

2 Flexibility
Moving and stretching in new ways will make you more flexible. Over time, you’ll find you’re more flexible in your hamstrings, back, shoulders and hips.

3 Breathing
Deep breathing can help relax the body and mind. Yoga will teach you how to take deeper breaths, which calm the nervous system and reduce stress.

4 Strength
Many yoga poses require you to hold your body weight. For example, with
Downward Facing Dog you have to use your arms to support your body. These poses can help build your muscular strength.

5 Self-confidence
How you feel mentally depends a lot on how you feel physically. By practising yoga, you’ll feel good physically, which will make you feel happier and more confident too.

6 Strengthened back
These days, many people spend a lot of time sitting at a computer or driving a car. This can lead to back pain. However, yoga can help reduce and even prevent any backache.

7 Muscle tone
Many yoga poses and positions require you to use the muscles in your legs, arms, back and stomach. This will make them stronger; and in turn, you’ll start looking better too!

8 Reduced stress
Yoga will give you a rest from all the tension at work. As you’re concentrating on your breathing and body, you’ll forget all about your daily troubles

9 Calmness
Focusing on what your body is doing will bring a sense of calmness to your mind. Yoga also introduces you to meditation techniques, which will help you to relax.

10 Joint health
Yoga is a low impact activity, so you can use your joints without injuring them. Yoga also helps strengthen the muscles around the joints. This is great for people with arthritis as it reduces pain
and increases mobility.

GLOSSARY
flexible adj : if your body is “flexible”, you can move it into different positions easily

a hamstring n: a length of tissue behind your knee. It joins
your top leg muscles to the bones in your lower leg

to calm vb: if something “calms” you, it relaxes you and
makes you feel good

a pose n: a position you make with your body and that
you hold for a period of time

body weight n: the total weight of your body: 80 kilos, for
example

confident adj: if you feel “confident”, you feel good about
yourself and your ability to do things well

backache n: a pain in your back

troubles n: problems or difficulties

a joint n: a part of your body that joins two other parts.
For example your shoulder, which joins your
arm to your body