Shelby Williams
Adolescent and Young Adult Psychotherapist

Benefits of Yoga

Yoga is an ancient health practice that uses a combination of movement, stretching, physical poses, deep breathing, and meditation. The practice is all about connecting the body, the mind, and the spirit. It has become a very popular form of exercise all over the world. However, since yoga is both a body and mind practice, it has even more benefits than you might expect.

Physical benefits:

  • Improves flexibility and balance
  • Builds muscle strength
  • Improves posture
  • Protects your spine
  • Increases blood flow and drops your blood pressure
  • Ups your heart rate
  • Supports heart health
  • Prevents joint breakdown
  • Reduces chronic pain

Mental and emotional benefits:

  • Reduces anxiety and stress levels
  • Improves depression symptoms and boost serotonin
  • Helps you focus
  • Relaxes your nervous system
  • Helps you sleep deeper
  • Increases your self esteem
  • Gives you inner strength
  • Builds your awareness
  • Helps with treatment for addiction
  • Encourages self-care

If you are new to the yoga world and want to try a class out at home, YouTube is a great place to start! If you are ready to get out there and try something in person, there are many free or low-cost outdoor yoga classes going on around Pittsburgh this summer!