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I have been a student of yoga for over 20 years, qualifying as a teacher in 2017 from the Sam Rao School of Yoga. I currently teach a Hatha style of yoga but have interests in other styles, such as Vinyasa Flow and Power Yoga. I have also spent time researching the benefits of yoga for sufferers of trauma and PTSD as part of a holistic treatment regime.
The effects of Hatha yoga on the body and for mental health has been the subject of much research, just search the benefits of yoga on health and you will find numerous papers and articles carried out by reputable doctors and psychologists.
Many researchers attest that Yoga's combined focus on mindfulness, breathing and physical movements brings health benefits with regular participation. Yogis report better sleep, increased energy levels and muscle tone, relief from muscle pain and stiffness, improved circulation and overall better general health. The breathing aspect of yoga can benefit heart rate and blood pressure.