Yoga increases your flexibility
According to a 2011 study from International Yoga Journal, flexibility is “the first and most obvious benefit of yoga.” When you regularly practice yoga, you gradually loosen muscles and connective tissues surrounding bones and joints. But there are immediate effects, too. When you do the poses, you increase blood flow in your muscles, which improves function.
Yoga Tip: Take a class that doesn’t just focus on certain body parts but the entire body and poses that go through a full range of motion. Be very mindful with each pose, and don’t overstrain yourself, says Lisa Nelson, a family physician, director of medical education at the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health and co-author of Yoga and Diabetes. Over straining or extending can lead to an injury.