by Susan Reeves
I've recently read two great articles about the benefits of yoga, both physically and mentally (links to the articles are at the end of this post). I've been practicing yoga for almost 14 years now, and I find what the articles say to be true.
When I first began my practice, I noticed an almost immediate improvement in my flexibility. At the time, I was a new mom, chasing a toddler around and spending lots of time on the floor, playing with her. Whereas before, I could not sit cross-legged because of a knee injury, after a few classes of vinyasa I was able to sit easily in that position. I also noticed that even though my weight did not change, my clothes began to fit looser. As my child grew, my physical strength was growing, so that picking her up was not putting as much of a strain on my shoulders and back as it used to.