Ancient Wisdom for Modern Day Wellness

Yogis have been proclaiming and sharing the benefits of a dedicated yoga practice for thousands of years; only recently has scientific research begun to confirm what yoga practitioners have always known: yoga is good for your physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health.

Physical Benefits:

  • Aids in weight loss, helps digestion
  • Builds muscle strength
  • Improves posture
  • Lowers blood pressure
  • Enhances sleep quality
  • Increases flexibility (lubricates joints, ligaments, tendons)
  • Improves respiration (increases lung capacity)
  • Helps control diabetes, hypertension, gastrointestinal issues
  • Boosts immunity
  • Reduces pain, loss of bone density, symptoms of OCD

Mental and Emotional Benefits:

  • Relieves anxiety (increases levels of GABA)
  • Promotes relaxation (stimulates the “relaxation response”)
  • Increases mindfulness, mental clarity
  • Helps relieve depression
  • Improves self-discipline & emotional and self control
  • Provides necessary “me” time
  • Fosters a healthy body image
  • Helps prevent mental health issues in teenagers
  • Reduces effects of trauma
  • Decreases feelings of loneliness

Spiritual Benefits:

  • Fosters a sense of gratitude
  • Increases awareness of the present moment
  • Develops personal integrity (via yamas and niyamas)
  • Helps you find the still point within
  • Cultivates appreciation
  • Deepens relationship with world around you
With a (partial) list like this, it’s not surprising that 2016 survey data* report that 36.7 million Americans (15% of all US adults) are now practicing yoga (up from 20.4 million in 2012). But don’t just believe what you read, check it out for yourself. Although the benefits of yoga are undeniable, how they’ll show up for you remains to be discovered. Join us for the discovery!

*2016 Yoga in America Study collected by Ipsos Public Affairs on behalf of Yoga Journal and Yoga Alliance.