It's a known fact that any type of exercise helps your brain release endorphin's, which resemble opiates in their abilities to produce a feeling of complete well-being. You don't need to be highly active and in shape to perform yoga poses and the primary benefit of yoga is improving the muscular and motor system of the body. Frequently practicing yoga will help you burn fat and stay in shape.
Did you know that you can help your skin look better, and have better circulation doing yoga? Because there are many upside-down poses in yoga, it's also a method to improve your circulatory system. Blood circulates easier into our lungs, heart, and brain, when we are upside-down. These three organs also happen to be responsible for the well-being of our entire body. So these upside-down poses in yoga will help your circulation as well as circulating more oxygen to your face, to rejuvenate your skin. Sidebar: Because my hair is very fine and has no texture for fullness I've been blow-drying my hair upside-down since I was young... who knew I was helping my skin appear younger?
Also, yoga is both isotonic and isometric contraction. It's isotonic contraction when we move into each posture and isometric contraction when we hold our bodies in a particular pose. Isotonic exercises are the most used in exercise. What people don't realize is that isometric exercises can be useful in any program to reverse age-related muscle loss. This will help us do things that as we get older are not as easy as they used to be such as bending over to pick up a pencil, or getting out of a chair gracefully.
Yoga can also be useful in preventing osteoporosis. In fact, anyone with back or spine problems will benefit from yoga. Most of the Asana poses in yoga are about stretching your vertebra which gives new vitality to your entire skeletal system. You may even find that doing yoga will increase your flexibility which will put your body at its optimum potential.
If you've never done yoga before, check it out, and see if any of these things resonate with you. I know I personally love to do yoga, and for me it's an activity for my mind and body. When you do the poses, you're doing a good thing for your physical body, but also concentrating on your breath and holding the pose, which brings you into a quasi-meditation type state for a brief time. At the end of yoga, there is also a period of calming and clearing through meditation.
If you have an experience with yoga, I'd love to hear about it!