This ancient practice has found it’s way into the modern world for good reasons. Yoga is a group of physical, mental, and spiritual practices or disciplines which originated in ancient India. In practicing yoga, you incorporate all those aspects of your life. Looking for reasons to practice yoga ? From increase flexibility and strength to awareness and heart health, here the most famous benefits of yoga. Regarding to health, notice we could mention much more benefits that those one.

1. Improves your flexibility

Improved flexibility is one of the first and most obvious benefits of yoga. During your first class, you probably won’t be able to touch your toes, never mind do a backbend. But if you scenting your practice, you’ll notice a gradual improvement, and eventually, seemingly impossible poses will become possible.

2. Builds muscle strength

Strong muscles do more than look good. They also protect us from conditions like arthritis and back pain, and help prevent falls in elderly people. And when you build strength through yoga, you balance it with flexibility.

4. Makes you happier

Feeling sad? Sit in Lotus. One recent study found that a consistent yoga practice improved depression and led to a significant increase in serotonin levels and a decrease in the levels of monoamine oxidase and cortisol.

5. Founds a healthy lifestyle

Move more, eat less—that’s the adage we see a lot. Yoga can help on both fronts. A regular practice gets you moving and burns calories, and the spiritual and emotional dimensions of your practice may encourage you to address any eating and weight problems on a deeper level. Yoga may also inspire you to become a more conscious eater.

6. Helps you focus

An important component of yoga is focusing on the present. Studies have found that regular yoga practice improves coordination, reaction time, memory, and even IQ scores.

7. Relaxes your system

Yoga encourages you to relax, slow your breath, and focus on the present. It will allow you to go back to calming and restorative presence; it lowers breathing and heart rates, decreases blood pressure, and increases blood flow to the intestines and reproductive organs.

8. Gives you peace of mind

Yoga will help you to slows down the mental of frustration, regret, anger, fear, and desire that can cause stress. And since stress is implicated in so many health problems—from migraines and insomnia to lupus, MS, eczema, high blood pressure, and heart attacks—if you learn to quiet your mind, you’ll be likely to live longer and healthier.

If you want to start your yoga practice, try a yoga retreat, it will be a big jump into your daily practice.