36.7 million Americans practice Yoga (up from 20.4 million in 2012) (2012 and 2016 "Yoga in America" Market Study) and 1.4 million Canadians practiced Yoga in 2005 (Statistics Canada).

Here are some of the reasons why:


  • Increases flexibility in muscles, fascia, and ligaments.

  • Builds strength in muscles by lifting your own body weight and tones the muscles all over your body.

  • Keeps your joints healthy by taking them through the full range of motion and squeezing and soaking the cartilage so it can receive fresh nutrients.

  • Can reduce your risk of injury by conditioning your body to do the things you do in everyday like walk, sit, twist, and lift.

  • Increases bone density by lifting your own weight in poses like downward facing dog.

  • Increases the drainage of lymph which helps to fight infection, destroy cancer cells, and remove toxins from the cellular system.

  • Activates the parasympathetic nervous system (relaxation response) as opposed to the sympathetic nervous system (flight, fight, freeze response). This "rest and digest" activation reduces blood pressure, slows the heart and breathing rates, and blood flow is redirected to the digestive and reproductive organs, and endocrine and lymphatic systems.

  • Yoga decreases the fluctuations of the mind; it slows the loops of frustration, anger, and fear that cause stress.

  • Yoga practices such as asana and meditation have shown to reduce pain due to arthritis, back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, and other chronic conditions.

  • Studies have found Yoga to improve concentration, memory, and reaction time; leading to focus on the present moment.

Adapted from "Count on Yoga: 38 Ways Yoga Can Improve Your Health and Well-Being" by Timothy McCall, MD printed in  Yoga Journal Beginner's Guide Vol. 1, 2011

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