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Why Yoga?
The response may differ from person to person, but ultimately yoga makes you feel great in body, mind and soul. It’s that simple. It is strengthening, and it is opening; it is challenging and it is relaxing. Yoga removes limitations and provides clarity to enhance your experience of life.

Good for your body
• Improved flexibility, balance and strength
• Improved core strength and cardiovascular endurance
• Increased energy and vitality
• Improved immune functioning and digestion
• Calms the nervous system
• Weight management

Good for your mind
• Stress relief
• Improved concentration, determination and mental focus
• Transforms old habits into inspiring ways of being
• Emotional stability

Good for your soul
• Emotionally uplifting and life affirming
• Greater self-awareness of self and well-being
• Connection to spirit and others

The Most Important, Reasons to Meditate
When I am asked “what are the main reasons to meditate?” the first thing that usually pops into my mind is that meditation just makes you feel GREAT! But there are plenty of other important reasons to meditate. Let’s explore some of the most common reasons and find out a little more about the benefits that you can expect to receive by practicing meditation.

Stress Reduction
Meditation reduces stress better than anything else I know of. Not only does the practice of meditation give you some “down time” to rest physically and mentally, it also has a very direct effect on your entire nervous system by reducing your body’s production of stress related chemicals like cortisol, and increasing the production of mood enhancing chemicals like serotonin.

Improved Health

Meditation will improve your health by strengthening your immune system, reducing your blood pressure and lowering cholesterol levels.
Meditation is often of particular interest to people who are diagnosed with a chronic or potentially life threatening illness. People with serious medical conditions like cancer will sometimes turn to meditation as a means to enhance the process of healing and recovery. While meditation should never be used as a substitute for proper medical care, in some cases it can lead to medical breakthroughs and healing even when traditional medical treatments have been unsuccessful.
Of course, you do not have to be terminally ill to benefit from the healing effects of meditation! Even if you have just come down with a case of the flu, meditation will enhance the function of your immune system and help to you to rest more deeply, leading to a speedier recovery. Meditation also happens to be a wonderful way to alleviate headaches and to prevent them from recurring.

Improved Sleep
Sleep is a totally natural human function, and it’s something we need every day. But if you have a busy mind or if you are stressed then you may find that your sleep is not as restorative as it should be. Meditation dramatically improves the quality of your sleep, and it is one of the most powerful natural treatments for insomnia. A great reason to meditate.

Slowed Aging
Studies into the effects of meditation have shown that the regular practice of meditation can slow the aging process. The biological age of long term meditators is generally less than those of people who have never meditated. It is believed that the physiological cause of this is due to the fact that meditation helps to reduce the body’s production of free radicals. Free radicals are organic molecules that are responsible for aging, tissue damage, and possibly some diseases.

Emotional Stability and Positive Thinking
Meditation is a very powerful natural prescription for people who suffer from anxiety and/or depression, and it is also taught to people who have difficulty controlling their anger. However, you do not need to have a serious psychological condition for meditation to be of benefit to you! Every-day people who meditate generally enjoy a lot more.

Happiness!

People who meditate are less stressed, healthier, they sleep better, and they have a more positive outlook on life. Simply put, meditation makes you a happier person!