The Benefits of Yoga:
Many people come to the yoga practice looking for some sort of physical benefit. Some want to lose weight; others want to be more flexible. But at the end of the practice, they realize something else is going on in their body, they are experiencing a sense of calm and serenity, like they have never before. This makes them come back to the practice again and again.
There are many ways how starting a yoga practice can improve one’s health and physique. In fact, this ancient practice has many proven benefits. Yogic postures (asana) and breathing (pranayama) can help with many conditions and health problems.Ask any yoga practitioner, they will immediately tell you how their body and mind have improved with a consistent yoga practice. From an alleviated mood and decreased stress levels to balance, flexibility and improved digestion…. Yoga seems to cure all. But is there any scientific basis to this?
Yes, in fact yoga has been shown to do many wonders for our health: it can help with low back pain , alleviate discomfort of osteoarthritis, especially in the knee joint  and has been shown to alleviate the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis. Yoga is also a safe form of exercise, and it has been shown to greatly benefit the body’s strength, endurance and flexibility . It is great for relaxation and alleviating the mood, in fact; yoga has been used to help treat symptoms of anxiety and clinical depression and showed great results. 
If all these benefits weren’t enough, yoga has also been shown to improve the quality of life of cancer survivors  as well as cancer patients going through radiotherapy , by improving their sleep, mood, and decreasing their perceived pain levels.
Other studies have shown the positive effect of yoga on cardiovascular disease, its ability to decrease blood pressure as well as the cardiovascular risks caused by diabetes and insulin resistance . In fact, it can even be used as an intervention in aging persons to reduce the mortality and morbidity rates related to cardiovascular disease. 
These physical benefits could be enough to convince even the most skeptical to attend their first yoga class, but wait there’s more.