I have been practising various forms of yoga for nearly 20 years starting with Iyengar and Ashtanga. Nowadays I prefer the more sedentary forms such as Kundalini, Yin and Restorative yoga.
There are many health benefits to regular practice for yogis of all ages and levels of fitness. Yoga:
Improves flexibility and reduced aches and pains;
Builds muscle strength which can protect against arthritis and back pain;
Improves posture, reducing the risk of back, neck, other muscle and joint problems;
Prevents cartilage and joint breakdown which reduces the risk of arthritis and disability;
Protects the spine by keeping spine disks supple;
Improves bone health, warding off osteoporosis, lowering the stress hormone cortisol and keeping calcium in the bones;
Increases blood circulation, getting more oxygen to the cells;
Drains lymphs and boosts immunity, fighting infection and destroying cancerous cells;
Drops blood pressure;
Regulates adrenal glands by lowering cortisol levels and improving the immune system;
Improves wellbeing and happiness by increasing serotonin levels;
Lowers blood sugar which decreases the risk of diabetes;
Improves co-ordination, balance, memory and focus; and
After three hours of yoga practice today, I shall hopefully sleep like a baby!