Why Do Yoga?

Published 7/15/13

What is Yoga?

Yoga is the overall generic term given to the physical, mental, and spiritual disciplines that originated in Ancient India. The ultimate goal of yoga is to attain a state of permanent peace. A classic definition of yoga is "the stilling of the changing states of the mind." Yoga plays a key role in many religions, including Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism and Sikhism. As part of Hinduism, yoga is one of the six orthodox schools of Hindu philosophy. 

Benefits of Yoga

The list of health benefits that stem from partaking in yoga consistently include:

  1. Increase and improves the quality of muscle stregnth and tone
  2. Boosts the immune system
  3. Increases overall energy levels
  4. Improves posture
  5. Improves overall athletic ability
  6. Increases stamina and endurance
  7. Reduces stress levels
  8. Increases metabolism
  9. Burns fat
  10. Expells toxins from the body via sweating
  11. Improves sleep quality
  12. Reduces tension levels
  13. Reduces inflammation and joint pain
  14. Improves mental clarity and in turn increases mental concentration and short term memory
  15. Improves balance
  16. Increases flexibility
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I have been practicing 54 times in 54 days, all of the above are a part of my experience. It takes mutiple times a week of practice to experience the benefits. My perception is it takes a minimum of 4 times in a week for a month or more to get the the above benefits when starting.
11/20/13 3:19pm
User Rating: 5
i've been going to yoga 3x/week lately and lovnig the feeling and results. my yoga teacher gives little massages and adjustments throughout class. i'm so thankful to have found it! glad you have found one that you like!
9/10/13 9:40am

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