Most yoga teachers would agree that the  best yoga is the yoga that is applied throughout your day: where you increase you ability to use your breath especially through the stressful adrenaline moments,  you are more aware of your posture and you have to knowledge and experience to transform  those aches and pains  as soon as possible. Spinal health and posture are so very important to address sooner rather than later.

If you are able to walk or cycle to class there are extra health benefits too but often this is not possible.  Yoga works best when it is  part of a wholesome lifestyle so exercise, food and emotional well being are just as important.   With all the research done on yoga, these are some of the additional benefits who may not be aware of and it is well it is often recommended by doctors and health experts as a way to reduce drugs and stress related disorders.

Health Benefits of Yoga
◾Pulse rate decreases
◾Respiratory rate decreases
◾Blood Pressure decreases
◾EEG – alpha waves increase
◾EMG activity decreases
◾Cardiovascular efficiency increases
◾Respiratory efficiency increases
◾Gastrointestinal function normalizes
◾Endocrine function normalizes
◾Excretory functions improve
◾Musculoskeletal flexibility and joint range of motion increase
◾Breath-holding time increases
◾Joint range of motion increase
◾Grip strength increases
◾Eye-hand coordination improves
◾Dexterity skills improve
◾Reaction time improves
◾Posture improves
◾Strength and resiliency increase
◾Endurance increases
◾Energy level increases
◾Weight normalizes
◾Sleep improves
◾Immunity increases
◾Pain decreases
◾Steadiness improves
◾Balance improves

Psychological Benefits of Yoga

Happier & more chilled 
◾Anxiety and Depression decreased
◾Concentration improves
◾Memory improves
◾Attention improves
◾Learning efficiency improves
◾Mood improves
◾Well-being increases

Yoga Health Benefits versus Exercise Benefits

•Parasympathetic Nervous System dominates  – low adrenaline
•Slow dynamic and static movements
•Normalisation of muscle tone
•Low risk of injuring muscles and ligaments
•Low caloric consumption
•Effort is minimized, relaxed
•Energising (breathing is natural or controlled)
•Balanced activity of opposing muscle groups
•Awareness is internal (focus is on breath and the infinite)
•Limitless possibilities for growth in self-awareness