Benefits of Yoga
On a purely cosmetic level, a yoga body is a beautiful body with its long, lean muscles and taut, tight abs, thighs and butt. The increase in circulation brings an inner glow to your skin, makes your eyes shine and your hair gleam.
It tones the whole inner body too: liver, lungs, kidneys, spleen, intestines, heart etc. The precise postures of yoga work deep into the body, causing blood to circulate profoundly rather than just around the body's outer edge. It nourishes every organ as well as softening the muscle and ligament tissue.
The deep stretching brings both bones and muscles gently back into their optimum alignment while lubricating the joints. It also fosters that gorgeous, lean, muscled 'yoga body' -- you can always tell if someone is using yoga by those long, lean muscles.
If you practice yoga regularly, you will almost automatically lose weight and develop a streamlined body shape. Yoga can improve both the oxygenation of your blood and its circulation.
It is also a superb way of helping your body to detoxify because it encourages lymphatic flow, which is the 'waste removal' system of the body. Not only does your body detox when you perform yoga; your mind does too.
The specific breathing techniques of yoga -- pranayama, directly affect the nervous system, eliciting the 'relaxation response' in which the parasympathetic nervous system takes over from the sympathetic system. As a result, you feel calm, cool and in control.
Seriously, if you haven't tried yoga, grab that mat and get going.