Millions of North Americansuse yoga as part of their physical,mental and spiritual regime, reapingthe benefits of a practice that hassurvived for more than 5,000 years.
Yoga has several scientifically provenhealth benefits, as well as perceivedhealth benefits that can’t be easilymeasured through science. Here arejust five.
5 good reasons to do yoga
The benefits of focused breathing, bending and balancing
1. Helps reduce stress
“With the exception of diseasescaused by genetics, most diseasesare caused or exacerbated by stress,including cardiovascular disease anddepression,” says Hana Stastny, aCalgary medical doctor and pathologyand psychology instructor in the yogatherapy extension certificate at MountRoyal University.
Yoga helps reduce stress onnumerous levels because breathingslows while in the physical postures,or “asanas.” The intense focus yogarequires also takes the mind offstressors.
2. Helps manage pain
“Yoga has had a tremendously positiveimpact on many of my patients,” says
Photo:EwanNicholsonSara Villamil of Yoga Mandala demonstrates a calming yoga posture. Yoga has several scientifically proven health benefits.