Anyone can do yoga – no matter how young or old you. Size and fitness level do not matter because there are modifications for every yoga pose.
What yoga can do for you
The physical benefits: Creates a toned, flexible, and strong body. Improves respiration, energy, and vitality. Helps to maintain a balanced metabolism. Relieves pain. Helps you look and feel younger than your age.
The mental benefits: Helps you relax and handle stressful situations more easily. Teaches you how to quiet the mind so you can focus your energy. Encourages positive thoughts and self-acceptance.
The spiritual benefits: Builds awareness of your body, your feelings, the world around you, the needs of others. Promotes interdependence between mind, body, and spirit.
Pranayam (Breathing exercise): Pranayam or breathing exercise is very important in yoga. It is equally important for physical improvement and mental health. The ordinary form of breathing is to inhale and exhale in a regular manner that is, inhaling, retaining and exhaling in a regulated and natural continuity. Such natural breathing, when controlled and prolonged successfully, is the science of breathing and it is the best method of prolonging the span of life. Proper practice of breathing exercises maintains the balance of the humours, keeps body healthy, prolongs life and promotes lustre and brilliance. It gives agility, flexibility and strength.