Don't just take my word for it; here's what the American Osteopathic Association has to say about yoga's physical benefits:

  • Increases flexibility

  • Increases muscle strength and tone

  • Improves respiration, energy and vitality

  • Maintains a balanced metabolism

  • Helps with weight reduction

  • Improves cardio and circulatory health

  • Improves athletic performance

  • Helps with protection from injury

  • Lowers blood pressure

  • Helps with insomnia

 And that's not all! The American Psychological Association recognizes that yoga provides the following mental health benefits:

  • Relieves stress

  • Sharpens attention and concentration

  • Calms and centers the nervous system

 You can read more about yoga's mental health benefits here.

This article in New York Magazine does a great job of explaining yoga's benefits from a scientific perspective. Be sure to check out Kermit, my new favorite Guru.