Yoga improves posture, increases the intake of oxygen, and enhances the functioning of the respiratory, digestive, endocrine, reproductive and elimination systems. Its effects on the emotions are equally beneficial; calming the mind, attuning us to the environment, and diminishing insomnia caused by mental restlessness.

Yoga also works to unite the split between the mind and the body. Anyone with a compulsive behavioural disorder knows what agony this split can cause. Anyone who has ever had a nervous breakdown, suffered manic depression, or has only felt himself or herself functioning on “half power” understand this as well. The regular practice of yoga helps us to accept whatever physical or mental conditions we might be suffering from by increasing our immediate sense of well being, concentration, and calm. Much healing can be done, but it takes practice and consistency.

We all have the capacity to self-destruct, particularly if things go wrong. The yogi mentality is that life is a tremendous gift and we have to take responsibility for it. Yoga gives you the capacity to face up to life’s challenges. Also when you respect your body, you tend to do things that will enhance its vitality. Many people who practice yoga become vegetarians and follow a macrobiotic diet.

Part of yoga is breathing, which helps make the body more alkaline. Over acidity can be harmful for bones and tissues, leading to fatigue, dulled mentality, headaches, depression and arthritis. Nothing prevents you from practicing yoga at home and there are many illustrated books and videos/DVD’s on the subject. If you are a beginner it would be advisable to join a class where you will learn basic movements.