“Know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?... therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.” 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 /KJV
Yoga benefits three main aspects of life, the spirit, mind, and body. It is a form of exercise that is appealing to many. The simplicity and ease of yoga allows it to fit into your everyday life as easy as any basic workout program. And unlike many programs, you don't need any special equipment other than a spot on the floor, a mat, your mind, and your body. And while many exercises only benefit the body, yoga benefits the whole person. The yoga system of asanas (poses) emphasizes deep breathing, relaxed movements, and mental concentration. Asanas develop the entire body, mind and spirit. Practicing asanas can also help you discover your true potential.
Like any exercise program it is important to note that before engaging in the practice of yoga, it is recommended that you get the consent of your medical physician. If you are under a doctor’s care, you should continue that care as yoga is not a replacement for medical treatment. Your doctor can tell you if you are in the physical condition necessary to participate in yoga and derive the benefits of yoga to the fullest.
Whatever your age, yoga can enhance your lifestyle. For children, learning yoga develops self-discipline and can enhance their physical and mental health. Regular practice can enable young people to keep their natural flexibility for many years. It can help teenagers keep their youthful flexibility and give them the inner strength to say no to negative influences. Gentle yoga exercises allow older people to retain mobility and may relieve problems such as arthritis and poor circulation.