Your Student Life: Improving Wellness through Yoga

June 13, 2021

Yoga is an ancient wellness practice rooted in Indian and Egyptian cultures. For thousands of years, the practice has been proven to positively influence an individual’s holistic well-being. Developing a yoga practice can positively benefit multiple dimensions of wellness.  

Let’s learn about the many benefits of yoga:   

Physical Wellness:  

The physically well person gets an adequate amount of sleep and a balanced and nutritious diet, engages in exercise for 150 minutes per week, attends regular medical check-ups and practices safe and healthy sexual relations.  

Yoga benefits the physical body through:  

  • Increased flexibility  
  • Increased muscle strength and tone 
  • Improved respiration, energy and vitality 
  • Maintaining a balanced metabolism  
  • Influences weight reduction  
  • Improves cardio and circulatory health  
  • Improves athletic performance 
  • Increases protection from energy  

Folks interested in yoga for their physical wellness might consider the following yoga styles: Ashtanga, Power Vinyasa, Vinyasa, Slow Flow Vinyasa, Hatha  

Emotional Wellness:  

The emotionally well person can identify, express and manage the entire range of feelings and would consider seeking assistance to address areas of concern.  

Yoga benefits emotional wellness through:  

  • Restoring energy, stimulates blood flow and releases endorphins 
  • Helping relieve depression  
  • Can help relieve anxiety by increasing resilience and stress-coping abilities 
  • Reducing stress and can increase a sense of control 
  • Creating better mind-body awareness 
  • Can enhance the mind-body connection, improving positive body image 
  • Increasing positive outlook on life 
  • Helps manage and decrease feelings of hostility  
  • Can improve social skills  

Folks interested in yoga for their emotional wellness might consider the following yoga styles: Ashtanga, Power Vinyasa, Vinyasa, Slow Flow Vinyasa, Hatha, Restorative, Yin 

Spiritual Wellness:  

The spiritually well person seeks harmony and balance by openly exploring the depth of human purpose, meaning and connection through dialogue and self-reflection.  

Yoga benefits spiritual wellness through:  

  • Increasing consciousness of self
  • Teaching you to be okay with stillness 
  • Increasing connection to the universe and a higher sense of being  
  • Can lead to a broader sense of hope, well-being, love and inspiration within us 
  • Developing a stronger focus on the present  
  • Can increase individual and collective sense of purpose  
  • Improving intuitive wisdom  

Folks interested in yoga for their spiritual wellness might consider the following yoga styles: Hatha, Restorative, Yin, Yoga Nidra, Meditation  

Whether you are initially interested in yoga for the physical, emotional or spiritual benefits, over time it can improve all three of these dimensions in wellness in your life. If you’ve tried yoga and the past and it didn’t seem to work for you, maybe consider a different style of yoga.   

Ivory Levert
Program Manager
Student Wellness Center
Office of Student Life