1. Decreased stress
Daily yoga practice is well-known to reduce the physical and psychological effects of stress on the mind and body. The body responds to stress through a fight-or-flight response releasing cortisol (the stress hormone). Regular yoga has been shown to reduce the levels of cortisol, decreasing the overall level of stress and increasing overall mood.
2. Sleep better
Yoga will help you fall asleep sooner and improve the quality of your sleep so that you need less. You will have a more restful sleep because of the relaxing aspect of yoga and the subsequent relieving of stress, tension and fatigue.
3. Improved flexibility
Yoga can improve flexibility and mobility and increase range of motion. Over time, the ligaments, tendons and muscles lengthen, increasing elasticity.
4. Fight food cravings
Regular yoga practice is associated with mindful eating, an awareness of physical and emotional sensations associated with eating. By causing breath awareness, regular yoga practice strengthens the mind-body connection. The awareness can help you tune in to emotions involved with certain cravings, and yoga breathing exercises can help you slow down and make better choices when cravings strike.
5. Inner peace
The meditative effects of a consistent yoga practice help many cultivate inner peace and calm.