Yoga might possibly be the most perfect form of exercise: It cultivates cardiovascular health and musculo-skeletal strength and flexibility without the painful and damaging side effects of high impact activity. It tunes up every organ system-respiratory, digestive, reproductive, endocrine, lymphatic and nervous. It cultivates the body’s capacity to relax and dramatically reduces the negative effects of stress. With regular practice, we breathe better, sleep better, digest better and feel better. And the best part for many Americans, is that none of these amazing results require years of training. The benefits are immediately noticeable.
We are, by and large, a practical people. Yoga is a practical endeavor. (Stephen Cope, author ‘The Wisdom of Yoga’.