Yoga's Health Benefits and poses to try

I fell in love with Yoga more than 10 years ago. I started practicing due to developing a back issue. When it happened, the Doctor put me on a prescription that made me feel not normal. It was then that I decided, I am not going to take medication. Instead, I started reading about how to manage and avoid back issues through practicing yoga.

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What I didn't expect was the profound effect yoga has had on my life. Not only have I not had an issue with back pain again (only the very rare occasion when I twist the wrong way, usually not at a yoga class, is when I have pain) but I am definitely more grounded in my life and stronger! Yes, yoga makes you stronger!

Since I have a very hectic schedule, I only have time on the weekend to practice at a studio. The rest of the time I rely on YouTube and Brett Larkin to take yoga classes at home. Brett Larkin has a wide variety of classes for free and she helps you take the pose to your level. I try to practice at least 1-2 days per week.

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While most people start yoga due to it's well known benefits of increasing flexibility and strength, there are more benefits than just the outward physical effects. The poses that are practiced have health benefits for organs, muscles, digestive tract, immune system and well-being. Here are a few Yoga Health benefits that are beyond the physical results:


Yoga helps to lower stress hormones which can compromise the immune system. Also, yoga helps to condition the lungs and respiratory tract which can help the lymphatic system to oust toxins from the body. (Source: Yoga Journal) I know whenever I am stuffy due to the change of seasons or allergies are kicking in, all I need to take is a yoga class to help get the congestion relieved.

Poses to try:

Bridge Pose

Downward Facing Dog

Head-to-Knee Forward Bend

Standing forward Bend


Yoga ensures the flow blood and oxygen helping to massage the stomach, liver, intestines and pancreas. During yoga, metabolic processes and enzymes that are generated help to support the absorption of nutrients and excretion of waste. Poses that focus on twisting, stretching and compression all help support the digestive system. (Source: Bahiranga)