Modern science is only beginning to quantify the many benefits of yoga. A quick computer search will turn up nearly half a million articles talking about the various benefits of practicing yoga. Yoga on High is proud to be participating with The Ohio State University to better research, track and document some of the benefits of yoga, especially for patients with a history of heart disease and certain cancers. What we can tell you with a 100% assurance is that we feel better every time we step on to our mats; we miss it when we don’t practice and our bodies and minds feel great after practicing!
If you’re looking for a few more concrete reasons to explore yoga let us offer up the following benefits:
- Enhances flexibility
- Increase strength and muscle tone
- Reduces stress
- Aids digestion
- Strengthens the nervous system and calms the mind
- Improves concentration
- Promotes deep and restful sleep at night
- Supports bones strength and development
- Supports cardiovascular health by helping to lower blood pressure, cholesterol and your resting heart rate
- Lessens anxiety, worry and depression
- Improves balance and spacial senses
- Increases body awareness
- Improves overall mood and interactions with others
- Relieves or eliminates back pain and teaches methods to avoid future back injuries
Intro to Yoga
The first known description of yoga is found in ancient texts called the Upanishads, written between 1000 and 5000 BCE. Yoga is also described in The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali which date back to 200 BCE to 300 BCE. In the Yoga Sutras, Patanjali talks about the Eight Limbs of Yoga, which include the asanas or physical postures we generally think of as “yoga” in the Western world.
The great master or father of modern yoga, Krishnamacharya, was born in India. Two of his early, devoted students, Sri. K. Pattabhi Jois and B.K.S. Iyengar, were instrumental in spreading yoga throughout the world. Gurus in their own lifetime, Pattabhi Jois gave us Ashtanga and B.K.S. Iyengar gave us Iyengar yoga.