Benefits of yoga:
Improves flexibility. If you stick with a consistent practice, you'll notice the gradual loosening of muscles and tendons. This not only lengthens your muscles but also increases your range of motion.
Relaxes your body & mind. Yoga encourages you to relax, to slow your breath down and focus on being present. This creates a shift from your sympathetic nervous system (your fight or flight) to your parasympathetic nervous system (rest & restore). With your parasympathetic nervous system switched on you decrease your blood pressure and increase blood flow to your intestines and reproductive organs (helping restore digestive irritability).
Eases stress & promotes relaxation which in turn decreases the secretion of cortisol (your stress hormone). This further improves your quality of life and mental health.
Improved bone health. Weight bearing exercises such as yoga helps strengthen your bones. With lowering your stress hormone cortisol, this in turn may help to keep more calcium in your bones.
Improves lymphatic flow & boosts your immune system. When you contract and stretch muscles, move organs around, you increase the drainage of toxins from your lymphatic system which helps to fight off infections and improves cellular function.
Increases muscle strength. With yoga you build muscle strength while also balancing it with flexibility. This in turn protects your body from conditions like arthritis and chronic lower back pain.