The moving and stretching poses increases flexibility throughout your body. With this, comes a greater range of movement to tight areas. With regular classes you can gain more flexibility through your hips, back and shoulders. Your hamstrings will improve over time as well.
Again over time with regular classes, your physical strength goes up with poses requiring you to balance of one leg or holding your body up with your arms.
As you body becomes stronger you can expect increased muscle tone. Yoga shapes your muscles into being longer and leaner.
As you become more advanced your balance will lead to inversion balancing and this helps to strengthen your core strength.
Most of us breathe through our mouths in short shallow breaths.
The first thing you will be shown in a Yoga class is how to breath.
The technique call Pranayama encourages you to focus on your breathing, taking deeper breaths which will benefit our mind, body and soul.
Long breaths in through the nose and slow release out through the nose. This breathing technique can help calm and also clear nasal passages.
6. Reduction In Stress
Asana (the practice of Yoga) requires intense concentration on what your body is doing and can lead to a calmness of the mind.
Yoga also includes mediation techniques, such as breathing, disengaging from your thoughts and being still in the moment.
Mediation skills can work for your mental well being outside of the Yoga class.
7. Joint Health Is Improved
Gentle yoga for people who suffer from joint inflammation and strain assists with the pain.
8. Pain Prevention
The poses practiced such as flexibility and stretching help reduce the tightness most people carry around with them in the back, neck and shoulders. People who sit at computers all day, driving trucks, taxis or similar work styles often experience a lot of back pain. The long periods of very little movement is detrimental to good posture and this is where regular yoga class will give you so much more flexibility, movement and pain release
9. Body Awareness
Oftentimes we are disconnected with our bodies. Yoga will heighten your awareness which in turn will improve your posture and just general awareness of any stress or tightness your body might be experiencing.