Yoga Benefits

Below are a few of the main ways yoga can help with your overall health.

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Improves your flexibility and balance

This is one of the first and most obvious benefits of yoga. Flexibility and balance come with time, stick with it and you will see results.

Good for bone health

It’s well documented that weight bearing exercise strengthens bones which helps prevent osteoporosis.

Builds muscle strength

Which in turn protects us from conditions such as arthritis and back pain. When you build strength through yoga you balance that strength with flexibility.

Decreased stress 

Yoga has been shown to decrease the secretion of cortisol, the primary stress hormone. When used alone or with other methods of alleviating stress, ie. Meditation, (link to meditation section on CSSC website) yoga can be a powerful way to manage stress levels by increasing serotonin levels and making you happier.

Reduces anxiety

Yoga can reduce symptoms of anxiety as it emphasises the importance of being present in the moment and finding a sense of peace.

Improves heart health

Studies show that yoga may help improve heart health and reduce several risk factors for heart disease. Incorporating yoga into a healthy lifestyle could help slow the progression of heart disease. You may also benefit from yoga if you have high blood pressure.

Young man stretching and following an online yoga class
Young muslim woman in a hijab stretching and following an online yoga class

Creates a healthy lifestyle

Move more, eat less – that’s the saying of many diets. Yoga can help, regular practice gets you moving and burns calories.

Lowers blood sugar

Yoga lowers blood sugar and LDL “bad” cholesterol and boosts HFL “good” cholesterol. It has been found that people with diabetes who practice yoga lowers their blood sugar in several ways, by lowering cortisol and adrenaline levels, encouraging weight loss which in turn decreases the risk of diabetic complications.