Yoga is a mind and body practice that derived over 5,000 years ago in India. The practice emphasis on the importance of improving one’s relationship to oneself and to others (Kishida, Molenaar, & Elavsky, 2019). Yoga helps with physical, mental, and social health and wellness.Mentally, it helps practitioners manage the many obstacles faced in life. Students learn different ways of being such as self-love, truthfulness, non-attachment, and contentment, with lead to a more fulfilled feeling of life and one's self.
As mentioned, yoga emphasises an importance on one's relationship to others as well and can promote social wellness. Yoga can improved social connectedness through strengthen relationships, and mindful ways of beings such as Yamas and Niyamas.
Physical benefits include:
increased muscle strength and tone.
improved respiration, energy and vitality.
maintaining a balanced metabolism.
cardio and circulatory health.
improved athletic performance.
protection from injury (American Osteopathic Association, 2020).