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Why Do Yoga

Read the long list below…It may be hard to believe, but it's true. A consistent yoga practice can help you improve your health, maintain your health throughout your life, enjoy a healthy and active retirement and save lots of money on medications and doctor's visits. What can be more precious than health? 

Psychological Benefits of Yoga

Somatic and kinesthetic awareness increase 
Mood improves 
Self-acceptance and self-actualization increase 
Social adjustment increases 
Anxiety and Depression decrease 
Hostility decreases 
Concentration improves 
Learning efficiency improves 
Mood improves 
Self-actualization increase 
Social skills increases 
Well-being increases 
Attention improves 
Memory improves 
Symbol coding improves 
Depth perception improves 
Flicker fusion frequency improves  

 Physiological Benefits of Yoga

Stable autonomic nervous system equilibrium 
Pulse rate decreases 
Respiratory rate decreases
Blood Pressure decreases (of special significance for hyporeactors) 
Galvanic Skin Response (GSR) increases 
EEG - alpha waves increase (theta, delta, and beta waves also increase during various stages of meditation) 
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
Depth perception improves 
Balance improves 
Integrated functioning of body parts improves  

 Biochemical Benefits of Yoga

Glucose decreases 
Sodium decreases 
Total cholesterol decreases 
Triglycerides decrease 
HDL cholesterol increases 
LDL cholesterol decreases 
VLDL cholesterol decreases 
Cholinesterase increases 
Catecholamines decrease 
ATPase increases 
Hematocrit increases 
Hemoglobin increases 
Lymphocyte count increases 
Total white blood cell count decreases 
Thyroxin increases 
Vitamin C increases 
Total serum protein increases  

Yoga Health Benefits versus Exercise Benefits

Parasympathetic Nervous System dominates 
Subcortical regions of brain dominate 
Slow dynamic and static movements 
Normalization of muscle tone 
Low risk of injuring muscles and ligaments 
Low caloric consumption 
Effort is minimized, relaxed
Energizing (breathing is natural or controlled) 
Balanced activity of opposing muscle groups 
Noncompetitive, process-oriented 
Awareness is internal (focus is on breath and the infinite) 
Limitless possibilities for growth in self-awareness 

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