woman in plow pose demonstrating flexibility, one of the benefits of Christ-centered yoga

Benefits of Christ-centered Yoga

There are so many physical, mental and spiritual benefits of Christ-centered yoga! Read on to learn about a few of them.

Yoga’s Physical Benefits Include:

  • increased flexibility
  • better sense of balance
  • increased muscle strength and tone
  • improved respiration, energy and vitality
  • maintaining good metabolism
  • weight reduction or maintenance
  • better cardio and circulatory health
  • improved athletic performance
  • protection from injury

I love the following post from John Hopkins Medicine about the physical benefits of yoga. I also like their suggestions for specific postures to try. Check it out here: https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/health/wellness-and-prevention/9-benefits-of-yoga

Yoga’s Mental Benefits Include:

  • reduced stress
  • more restful sleep
  • increased focus and attention
  • more mental clarity and calm
  • increased body awareness
  • better concentration

In these “pandemic times,” these mental benefits could be even more important than yoga’s  physical benefits. The effects on our nervous systems are well-documented and becoming better understood every day.

Spiritual Benefits of Yoga:

Most people begin practicing yoga because they desire physical or mental benefits, but they often stay because of yoga’s spiritual aspects. Yoga is not a religion, of course. It appeals to people who practice many different religions, or no religion.  However, many yoga teachings do presuppose a belief in a higher power. Practitioners may refer to this higher power in different ways. They may refer to “the universe,” “higher consciousness,” “life force,” “essence of all there is,” and so on. Yoga practitioners of all faith backgrounds often report experiencing feelings of greater wholeness. Many believe their yoga practice has led them to a better understanding of their own life’s purpose.

Spiritual Benefits of Christ-centered Yoga:

For Christians, the practice of yoga can be another way for us to meet and grow closer to God on our mats. As we focus on our breath, we can more clearly envision the power of the Holy Spirit working within us.  As we gently push our bodies and increase our mental focus and attention, we can also meditate on the word of God.  Then, our faith and spiritual wellness also improves! For more discussion about this, please see my post “Why Christians Should Practice Yoga” here: https://christcenteredyogareflections.com/why-christians-should-practice-yoga/

As a Christian, I feel Christ-centered yoga is especially meaningful. It provides another way to worship God through the movement of His creation, our beautiful bodies! Hopefully, this is in addition to worshiping God through prayer, singing and learning about His word from a loving church family. Whether you are a regular church-goer or not, you can benefit spiritually from Christ-centered yoga. Let me know if I can help you find a Christ-centered yoga teacher near you.