40 Ways Yoga Improves Your Health | Yoga

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If you’re a yoga regular, you’ve probably noticed some benefits of your practice — perhaps you’re sleeping better, getting fewer colds or just feeling more relaxed and at ease. But if you’ve ever tried telling a non-practitioner about the benefits of yoga, you might find your descriptions of post-savasana bliss falling on deaf ears. Well, here's a list of observable benefits from this potent practice pulled from Yoga Journal and added to from my own experiences on/off the mat that you're free to share. If you have any others, please add in the comment section below! 

1. Improves your flexibility
2. Builds muscle strength
3. Realigns your posture
4. Prevents cartilage and joint breakdown 
5. Protects your spine
6. Improves your bone health
7. Increases your blood flow
8. Drains your lymphs and boosts immunity
9. Ups your heart rate
10. Drops your blood pressure
11. Regulates your adrenal glands
12. Makes you happier 
13. Sets you up for a healthy lifestyle
14. Lowers blood sugar
15. Helps you focus
16. Relaxes your system 
17. Improves your balance
18. Maintains your nervous system
19. Releases tension in your limbs
20. Helps you sleep deeper
21. Boosts your immune system
22. Gives your lungs room to breathe
23. Prevents IBS and other digestive problems
24. Gives you peace of mind
25. Increases your self-esteem 
26. Eases your pain - physical & emotional
27. Gives you inner strength
28. Connects you with guidance 
29. Helps keep you drug free
30. Builds awareness for transformation
31. Benefits your relationships
32. Uses warming breath to soothe your sinuses
33. Guides your body’s own healing processes 
34. Keeps allergies and viruses at bay
35. Helps you serve others
36. Encourages self care
37. Supports your connective tissue
38. Uses the placebo effect to affect change
39. Cools inflammation
40. Cultivates present-moment awareness

Sachi Doctor

Elemental Alchemy, 90 Rio Vista Avenue, Oakland, CA, 94611

Sachi Doctor is an Ayurvedic practitioner and holistic health coach who founded Elemental Alchemy with the mission to provide a resource for those navigating their way towards optimal mind-body health.

Diagnosed with an autoimmune disease at a young age, Sachi has spent over twenty years exploring different health modalities, treatment plans, diets and mindfulness practices to help alleviate chronic pain and restore balance.

After years of looking to others for a model of health with no relief, Sachi realized that the answers she sought were not hidden in someone else’s prescription for wellness but unique to her, and that the first step towards discovery was actually tuning out what was right for others and tuning into herself.

As she tapped into the wisdom of her own body, she discovered that the elements foundational for health  — the blueprint she so fervently sought — was within her, within each of us. Since then Sachi has been passionate about helping others also cultivate clarity and inner wisdom for vibrant health.

In addition to her Ayurvedic and nutrition education, Sachi has completed over 800 hours of yoga teacher training and continues to study with her mother, her first yoga teacher, for whom these practices are a way of life.

Sachi is a board member of the Prison Yoga Project at San Quentin State Prison and serves as an ambassador for Yoga Gives Back, a non-profit that raises funds within the US yoga community to support microcredit programs for women in India. She holds a Msc in Development from the London School of Economics.