Over the past few weeks, we had a few blogs about weight and physical exercise. We mentioned different types of exercise, indicating we would discuss each in due time. The first of these exercises is yoga. We want to discuss the benefits of yoga and its physical and mental benefits for the human body.

What is Yoga and Its Benefits?

Yoga is a spiritual discipline based on an extremely subtle science, which focuses on bringing harmony between mind and body. Many believe that yoga is a women’s activity because of its traditional attire and stretching and balancing techniques. In modern times, yoga studios are becoming popularized and co-ed classes are being implemented into both private and corporate gyms.  

Yoga is more than just breathing and stretching. Yoga is quite difficult, so it’s important to start in beginner classes and work up to higher levels of difficulty. There are two components associated with yoga: physical and mental.

The physical component to yoga involves muscle group strengthening exercises, balance, and coordination enhancement, and stretching and flexibility improvements. Yoga alone is a great form of exercise to help burn calories, lose weight, build muscle, increase flexibility and balance, strengthen the core, reduce back pain, improve posture and prevent any medical conditions.

The mental component to yoga involves breathing and relaxation techniques by incorporating different forms of meditation. Using these techniques, yoga can help reduce stress and anxiety, reduce blood pressure, improve the immune system, increase concentration and brain activity, improve body awareness, and improve sleep.

What Can We Do to Help?

This is one of the few times we can’t help perform or teach; however, we can help you find a local yoga studio or gym that offers yoga classes. We highly recommend yoga and its benefits to both the body and mind. A beginner class alone will be intense for newcomers, so don’t worry about if you are going to break a sweat or not because you will. Just remember to wear comfortable workout clothes, a yoga mat, and a water bottle. 

Don’t forget to stay on top of your routine chiropractic adjustments. Yoga may have several benefits, but it still causes physical stress on the body and nervous system. Regular adjustments will keep the nervous system optimal and the body in a state of calmness and on alert.

If you have any questions about the benefits yoga, please feel free to call us at (724) 547-3377 and check out our website at for more blog content. 

Yours In Health,

Larry E. Wilkins, DC

Brian M. Steinert, DC