Love yoga, love yourself

In the US an estimated 15 million people practice yoga, 72% of which are women. In the UK, around 75% of the 2.5 million people who practice yoga are women. Why do women love yoga so much? It’s easy to see why when you consider the benefits:

yoga makes you feel good

yoga is a form of self-care and, for many, spiritual development that optimises physical and mental health

yoga increases flexibility, strength, co-ordination and balance

yoga supports your immune system

yoga is good for your heart

yoga reduces stress and lowers blood pressure

yoga helps people lose weight

yoga promotes a positive outlook on life

yoga helps you have a healthy sex life

yoga balances hormones

yoga eases menstrual difficulties

yoga boosts fertility

yoga sustains pregnancy, birth and postnatal recovery

yoga provides comfort during the menopause

“Very many of the health problems that women experience have their roots in stressful living patterns that deeply disconnect women from our natural life cycles, leaving us exhausted, irritated and often ill. The practice of yoga, which can be translated as ‘union’, literally reconnects women to the source of health and vitality, offering the possibility to enjoy positive physical and emotional health.” Uma Dinsmore-tuli, author of Yoni Shakti (2014)