Yoga is an incredible tool for wellness, enjoyed around the world. The American Osteopathic Society is one of the many organizations that stands behind yoga’s fantastic benefits. For many, the goal is about building a relationship with their bodies, quieting the mind and increasing strength and flexibility. For others, it’s a deeply spiritual practice of reconnecting with themselves and the universe. For others, it’s just a great way to banish aches and pains and get more active in a calm, peaceful way.

While there’s a wide variety in types of styles available (everything from chair-yoga for seniors to aerial yoga for the particularly ambitious!), sessions typically include: breathing exercises, meditation, and holding a position (sometimes called asana or pose) that stretch various muscle groups. I thought it would be fun to share a beginner yoga video today, so that you could explore it for yourself!

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Physical Benefits

“The relaxation techniques incorporated in yoga can lessen chronic pain, such as lower back pain, arthritis, headaches and carpal tunnel syndrome,” explains Dr. Nevins, DO, a board-certified osteopathic family physician and certified Kundalini Yoga instructor in Hollywood, California. “Yoga can also lower blood pressure and reduce insomnia.”

According to the American Osteopathic Society website, some other physical benefits can include:

  • Increased flexibility

  • Increased muscle strength and tone

  • Improved respiration, energy and vitality

  • Maintaining a balanced metabolism

  • Weight reduction

  • Cardio and circulatory health

  • Improved athletic performance

  • Protection from injury

Mental Benefits

Something that people particularly report yoga benefiting is the ability to manage their stress. In our fast-paced world, it’s easy to get caught up in stress and burnout. This offers us a chance to slow down, reconnect and address key areas of tension.

The incorporation of meditation and breathing can help improve a person’s mental well-being. “Regular yoga practice creates mental clarity and calmness; increases body awareness; relieves chronic stress patterns; relaxes the mind; centers attention; and sharpens concentration,” says Dr. Nevins. Body- and self-awareness are particularly beneficial, she adds, “because they can help with early detection of physical problems and allow for early preventive action.”

Yoga is for Everybody – Not Just Athletes

Because there are so many different kinds of yoga practices, there’s room for every type of ability level. “Whether you’re a couch potato or a professional athlete, size and fitness levels do not matter because there are modifications for every yoga pose and beginner classes in every style,” says Dr. Nevins. “The idea is to explore your limits, not strive for some pretzel-like perfection. It is a great way to get in tune with your body and your inner self.”​

Read the original article on yoga benefits from the American Osteopathic Society here: