The Science of Yoga by T. McCall, MD

Increases Flexibility
Strengthens Muscles
Improves Balance
Improves Posture
Improves Lung Function
Leads to Slower and Deeper Breathing
Discourages Mouth Breathing
Increases Oxygenation of Tissues
Improves Joint Health
Nourishes Intervertebral Disks
Improves Return of Venous Blood
Increases Circulation of Lymp
h Inproves Function of the Feet
Improves Proprioception
Increases Control of Bodily Function
Strengthens Bones
Conditions the Cardiovascular System
Promotes Weight Loss
Relaxes the Nervous System
Improves the function of the nervous system
Improves brain Function
Activates the left Prefontal Cortex
Changes Neurotransmitter Levels
Lowers Levels of the Stress Hormone Cortisol
Lowers Blood Sugar
Lowers Blood Pressure
Improves Levels of Cholesterol and Triglycerides
Thins the Blood
Improves Bo wel Function
Releases unconscious muscular gripping
Uses Imagery to Effect Change in the Body
Relieves Pain
Lowers the Need for Medication
Fosters Healing Relationships
Improves Psychological Health
Leads to Healthier Habits
Fosters Spiritual Growth
Elicits the Placebo Effect
Encourages Involvement in Your Own Healing