The Body, Mind, and Soul Benefits of Yoga

Yoga is an ancient mind and body practice dating back more than 5000 years. Various styles of yoga combine physical poses or postures (known as asanas) with breathing exercises, and meditation, or relaxation. Yoga harmonizes development of the body, mind, and spirit. The continued practice of yoga will lead you to a sense of peace and well-being, and also a feeling of being at one with your environment. 


Sound too good to be true? We can understand why you might think so, but there are scientific studies to back up the physical, mental, and spiritual benefits of yoga. Keep reading to learn more.


Health Benefits of Yoga

The health benefits of yoga are wide-ranging, and encompass your physical health, mental health, and spiritual health. When you practice yoga, you are working on all three areas at once. That is part of the beauty of this ancient art. Whether you’re a beginner or have been practicing yoga for years, learning about all of the benefits will give you reason to make yoga an essential part of your life.

Physical Health Benefits of Yoga

Many people begin practicing yoga with the idea of adding something different to their fitness routine or exercise program. Yoga can give you many of the physical health benefits that you would get from working out at the gym, but in a much more centered way. 

Physical benefits of regular yoga practice can include:

  • Increased strength
  • Builds muscle
  • Weight loss
  • Increased flexibility
  • Improved posture
  • Promotes healthy cartilage
  • Helps keep your spine supple
  • Improves bone health
  • Improves circulation
  • Helps with cardiovascular conditioning
  • Reduce high blood pressure
  • Lowers cortisol (the stress hormone)
  • Can help lower blood sugar
  • Can improve your balance
  • Increases lung capacity
  • Pain reduction of arthritis and carpal tunnel
  • By reducing health problems, reduces medications you need to be on
  • Can decrease side effects of chemotherapy

Mental Health Benefits of Yoga

Yoga also benefits your mental health, and there are scientific studies to back this up. While many people come to yoga for a new fitness routine, many come to the practice because of its known mental health benefits. The mental health benefits of yoga can include:

  • Lessens depressive symptoms
  • Improves anxiety
  • Helps you become a more conscious eater rather than a stress eater
  • Helps you focus
  • Promotes relaxation
  • Promotes better sleep
  • Is calming
  • May help slow the onset of dementia
  • Puts you into a supportive relationship with your yoga teacher
  • Builds self-awareness 
  • Encourages you to help others (karma yoga)

Spiritual Benefits of Yoga

Yoga can help you gain inner strength. This in turn helps you make positive changes in your life. Yoga practice builds self-discipline. As you develop inner strength, you will be able to overcome inertia and change bad habits such as overeating, smoking, and over-spending. You may find that without making a concerted effort to change things, you start to eat better, finally quit smoking, and find you have money to donate to charity.

And sadly, too many of us suffer from low self-esteem. Handling this negatively, such as taking drugs, binge drinking, overeating, over-working, etc. leads to poorer health physically, mentally, and spiritually. Yoga can help improve your self-esteem. After a bit of practice, you may feel a strong sense that you're worthwhile or, as yoga philosophy teaches, that you are a manifestation of the Divine. 

If you practice yoga on a regular basis with the intention of self-examination and self-improvement, rather than with the intent of getting a good workout,  you will connect to a deeper side of yourself. If you’re like us, you'll experience feelings of gratitude, empathy, and forgiveness, as well as a sense that you're part of something bigger. 

Sign Up for an Online Yoga or Primal Movement Class

If all of that sounds amazing, think about signing up for one of our online yoga or primal movement classes. Several of our teachers have extensive experience in yoga practice and primal movement. We lead classes for people of all ages and fitness levels. We are on a collective mission of getting back to our roots, our primal origins, and honoring the knowledge that it all comes down to space; how we explore it, occupy it, move through it. 


And if group classes are not your thing, private instruction is also available to you, anywhere in the world you may be. If you have any questions you would like to have answered before you sign up for a class, please feel free to contact us, and someone will get back to you promptly.