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20 Benefits of Adding Yoga to Your Life

In honor of Princeton Center for Yoga & Health celebrating their 20th anniversary, we have a guest post by director Deborah Metzger on the benefits of practicing yoga. Learn more about their 20th Anniversary raflle at http://princetonyoga.com/giveaways/

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Western science is demonstrating what the ancients knew – yoga practiced mindfully improves health, relieves aches and pains, bolsters immune function and enhances cognitive function. While there are indeed many physiological benefits of the practice, the purpose of yoga is to promote strength, flexibility, awareness and presence in both the body and the mind.  Yoga encourages overall wellness. From studies at Harvard, NIH, to endorsement by organizations like the American Osteopathic Association, there is ample new evidence of yoga’s many benefits.

I hesitate to list specific physical benefits, since yoga teachers are by and large not medical practitioners nor diagnosticians. Here are some widely demonstrated benefits of a regular and mindful yoga practice.

  • Increased flexibility.
  • Increased muscle strength and tone.
  • Improved respiration, energy and vitality.
  • Maintaining a balanced metabolism.
  • Weight reduction.
  • Cardio and circulatory health.
  • Improved athletic performance.
  • Protection from injury.
  • Betters bone health
  • Maintains a supple spine
  • Supports healthy blood and lymphatic flow
  • Boosts immunity
  • Supports glandular function
  • Improves balance
  • Promotes improved lung function
  • Supports stress reduction
  • Improves mental clarity and sharpens concentration
  • Promotes resilience in meeting life’s challenges
  • Encourages self-awareness to make better lifestyle choices
  • Makes you happier

Yet, as I’ve written in the past, all of these ‘benefits’ are merely side effects of practicing yoga with mindfulness, a sense of humor and compassion.

To register for your first (or next) class, visit princetonyoga.com. Princeton Center for Yoga & Health is located on Orchard Road in Skillman, NJ. 

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