Comprehensive benefits

Well blow me down.

This is one very excellent article from Yoga Journal – “Count on Yoga: 38 Ways Yoga Keeps You Fit” by Timothy McCall, MD.

If you’re looking to understand why yoga is a holistic and superior system for complete health and wellness look no further.

This article with 38 ways yoga improves health will give you all the answers.

Equally rooted in the western concept of the physical body, it takes you through the ways yoga keeps your biology in tip top condition, starting with the gross (tangible, not ugly!) elements – the spine, joints, moving to the nervous and lymphatic system, then delving into the more subtle regions of emotion and behaviour.

My personal favourite:

no1. Flexibility!

Obvious but often underrated in other physical disciplines. Here’s why we need it, or rather what happens if we don’t stay flexible:

“Tight hips can strain the knee joint due to improper alignment of the thigh and shinbones. Tight hamstrings can lead to a flattening of the lumbar spine, which can cause back pain. And inflexibility in muscles and connective tissue, such as fascia and ligaments, can cause poor posture”

And actually, it’s not our muscles that we are stretching, but rather the connective tissues that hold them together in the body.  Once the fascia, ligaments and tendons start to get a bit of movement, your muscles get the freedom to extend to their full capacity. If you want to get further into the subject, check out this other yoga journal article.  It’s long – and I must confess I haven’t read it all!

I hope you enjoy it and share it with friends and family. Inspire them to start practising today!

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