1. Keeps us active – Yoga is not like other exercises, running, for example, where you either run or you don’t. With yoga we can make adjustments for different stages in our lives, and it helps us remain as active as possible for as long as possible.
2. Relaxation – We sometimes feel that life is stressful or our lives are too busy and don’t know how to slow down. The relaxing exercises and meditation in yoga can bring an oasis of calm to your life
3. Build strength – Strong muscles protect us from conditions like arthritis and back pain and different poses help us to build strength in all parts of our body. When you build strength through yoga, you also balance it with flexibility.
4. Mobile Joints – Each time you practice yoga, you take your joints through their full range of motion. This can help prevent or mitigate some conditions like arthritis by using areas of cartilage that normally aren’t used.
5. Posture – As we grow older our spine starts to contract. In yoga we strengthen and lengthen our spines therefore helping to keep good posture and this helps us to stay upright as long as possible
6. Look after yourself and take time for you – In yoga, it’s what you do for yourself that matters. You get in tune with your body and you get involved in your own care, you discover that your active involvement in looking after your body gives you the power to effect change, and seeing that you can effect change gives you hope and pride in what you can achieve.
7. Don’t need expensive equipment – yoga is generally practised barefoot and although you can buy specific yoga wear, all you actually need to wear are comfortable clothes (and most of us have some of those already in our wardrobe). You only need a yoga mat and most studios or classes will supply those for anyone who doesn’t need a mat for home use, especially when just starting out.
8. Not competitive – You do not need to compete with anyone else in class as you work with your own body, and only do what your body is comfortable with. As the weeks, months and years wear on you will find that as you become more aware of your limbs and muscles that you will see changes in your body and what it is capable of.
9. You can do it anywhere – An instructor can show you what to do but you can also practice yoga in comfort of your own home. It is advisable to at least go to some classes especially at the beginning so that you ensure you are doing it safely and the instructor can show you how to protect yourself in different poses and how to keep yourself safe – after that you can do it anywhere.
10. Make friends – whilst this is not compulsory…..you will find that meeting up with a group of like minded people to do exercise can produce friends you didn’t even know you needed in your life.