Top 4 Benefits of Starting Your Yoga Practice

Top 4 Benefits of Starting Your Yoga Practice

“Yoga does not remove us from the reality or responsibilities of everyday life but rather places our feet firmly and resolutely in the practical ground of experience. We don’t transcend our lives; we return to the life we left behind in the hopes of something better.” 

~ Donna Farhi

What Is Yoga?

Yoga is an ancient practice of physical exercises that promotes overall well-being. There are many definitions of yoga. The word “yoga” comes from a Sanskrit root which means “to join.” Indeed, continuous practice of yoga promotes integration of movement and breath, increases strength and flexibility, and improves the quality of focus and attention, among other documented benefits. Long-time yoga practitioners tend experience increased sense of peace, well-being, mental clarity, and overall harmony with the environment.    

Basic Yoga Facts – 2016

The 2016 Yoga in America Study conducted by the Yoga Journal and Yoga Alliance, offers a comprehensive look at the yoga consumer market. Here are just a few important observations that can be made based on the data from this survey:

The Benefits of Yoga Practice

As we know, there are many benefits of practicing yoga that are supported by scientific evidence. In the 2016 survey, yoga practitioners report that the top 4 reasons they started and continued practicing yoga are

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Not surprisingly, stress relief is reported as one of the most important benefits of practicing yoga.Click To Tweet

As I already mentioned in a previous post, mindfulness-based practiced have been found very helpful and effective in dealing with stress. The percentages above are associated with practitioners’ motivation to start their practice. The same responses show up as reasons that motivate people to continue their practice with slightly different percentages.

Furthermore, the list of benefits of yoga goes on to include getting in better physical fitness (44%), strength (42%), mental health (37%), spiritual development (24%), weight loss (21%), physical therapy (18%), medical condition (10%), and prenatal care (3%).

The infographic below summarizes the basic facts about yoga practice in America. For more information, I highly recommend you to read the 2016 Yoga in America Study.

Basic Yoga Facts and Top Benefits of Yoga

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About the Author

life_purpose_coachingTanya Ince, Ph.D is a Life Coach,  Ordained Ministerial Counselor, Certified Integrative Nutrition Coach, numerologist, TFT-Diagnostics facilitator, and trainer of Spiritual Technology methods of Zivorad Slavinski. On her blog, Tanya provides insights about personal development, practical spirituality, astrology, and numerology. You can connect with Tanya on Facebook and follow her on Twitter @TanyaCoaching.


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great article! We love yoga and it has helped us gain more flexibility and strength. It is also great for back pain since we spent many hours working in front of the computer!

Thank you, Viktoriya! Yes, it helps me too with upper back and neck tension after sitting in front of the computer for a long time.

Nice! I suspected that the number of of people who practice yoga is increasing. It was interesting to know that it doubled since 2008.

Thanks! It was interesting to me too.

Rebekah at The Tex-Mex Mom

So interesting that yoga has grown so much in the US since 2008! I just started doing yoga recently using youtube. I find it very relaxing while still a good workout for my core. :)

Rebekah, thank you for reading. Do you have a favorite Youtube channel to practice yoga? I like Yoga with Adriene, but there are many other great channels.

Vatsala Shukla
I started practicing yoga at the suggestion of my physiotherapist to maintain flexibility of my muscles and to strengthen my back after my first incident of slipped disc in 2004 Tanya, and the benefits are enormous. When combined with the… Read more »