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9 Harvard Medical School science-backed reasons to do yoga


Just incase you ever had any doubts here are just some of the (proven) ways that yoga can have a positive impact on mental and physical health.


Harvard Medical School reports that over 90% of all current research on yoga has found that yoga has a positive impact on health.


All of the following reasons (in the presentation or listed below) are scientific and research-based proven benefits of yoga for the mind and body as stated by The Harvard Medical School, thanks to Marylynn Wei and James E. Groves.





9 Harvard Medical School science-backed reasons to do yoga


  1. Yoga builds strength and endurance - 24 rounds of sun salutations 6 times a week significantly improved upper-body strength over 6 months

  2. Yoga improves balance and flexibility - A twice-weekly yoga programme yoga programme can help you improve flexibility and balance in just 10 weeks

  3. Yoga encourages you to pursue a healthier lifestyle - Yoga motivates nearly two thirds of people to exercise more and 40% to eat healthier.

  4. Yoga improves your sleep - 60% report that yoga helps them get better sleep

  5. Yoga is useful to help with medical conditions - Research has shown yoga to be helpful as part of treatment for a variety of medical conditions including chronic lower back or neck pain, stress, arthritis, asthma, irritable bowel syndrome, carpal tunnel syndrome, Parkinson’s disease, migraines, diabetes mellitus, kidney disease, multiple sclerosis, cancer survivors.

  6. Yoga relieves stress - More than 80% of people who do yoga report that it reduces stress.

  7. Yoga builds self-esteem and confidence - People who do yoga are 20% more likely to have a positive image of their own physical and mental health.

  8. Yoga improves your memory and attention - An 8 week yoga programme helps adults improve their memory and decision making capabilities.

  9. Yoga improves your mood - More than two thirds of people who do yoga notice that it improves their mood.


These are just a sample of reasons to do yoga….


Even though most come to yoga for stress relief or fitness, two thirds of yoga students continue for different reasons over time.


Yoga opens the door to many new and exciting parts of your life which you can’t predict until you try it out yourself.


Fancy taking a weekend away from the everyday to work on the above? Join us on our next female uk yoga and pilates retreat in June.