The beauty of yoga is that you don’t have to be a yogi or yogini to reap the benefits. Yoga is for housewives, office workers, factory workers, veterans and first responders. Yoga is accessible to all ages, and all body types. You don't need to be uber flexible to enjoy the benefits of yoga for your body. Trainers and fitness classes around the world, not to mention college and professional sports teams, are including yoga into more traditional workouts as a potent form of mind-body conditioning, helping athletes to breathe better and increase their focus. Whether you are young or old, overweight or fit, yoga has the power to calm the mind and strengthen the body.
Why do yoga?
Just like our bodies get healthier and stronger by movement, our minds get healthier and stronger by being still. Meditation is not about clearing your mind of all thoughts. Meditation isn’t about becoming a different person, a new person, or even a better person. It’s about training in awareness and getting a healthy sense of perspective. You’re not trying to turn off your thoughts or feelings. You’re learning to observe them without judgment. And eventually, you may start to better understand them as well. Meditation can give you a sense of calm, peace and balance that can benefit both your emotional well-being and your overall health.