Benefits of Yoga

Recently yoga has become very popular and it seems to have benefits for everyone from athletes to kids to office workers to  the elderly and even animals (i.e. doga and goat yoga!)

Why is Yoga so Popular?

Yoga is a great way to increase flexibility, gain strength, reduce stress, provide greater mental clarity, emotional balance, and overall wellness. Not to mention, there are all different kinds of yoga and it can be modified for anyone at any level. Yoga is literally for everyone!

Outdoor yoga in Corpus Christi, TX at Water Dog


Physical Benefits

Yoga poses can strengthen and flex every muscle in the body. It can also strengthen your internal systems, such as your digestive, circulatory, respiratory, and nervous systems.

Keeping your joints, tendons, and muscles limber is essential for avoiding injuries. Yoga can also decrease pain and tension in the body. Greater flexibility also improves body alignment, creating better posture while decreasing back and neck pain. Here are some of the physical benefits:

  • Increased flexibility
  • Increased muscle strength and tone
  • Improved respiration, energy and vitality
  • Weight control
  • Cardio and circulatory health
  • Improved athletic performance
  • Protection from injury
  • Increased energy
  • Better balance
  • Increased bone density

Mental Health and Emotional Benefits

 Yoga is fun, active, healthy and even calming. The practices encourage us to slow down and notice the present moment. Yoga also challenges us to relax, slow down and be in tune with our breathe. Here are some of the most popular mental health and emotional benefits of yoga:

  • Helps manage stress
  • Helps you relax
  • Increases ability to focus and concentrate
  • Reduces tension
  • Relief from anxiety and over thinking
  • Learn to slow down and breathe deeply
  • Fosters self-discovery, self- acceptance and self-love
  • Encourages positive thoughts
  • Non-competitive nature
  • Awareness of the present
  • Boosts self esteem
  • Body awareness and acceptance
  • Learn to relax and breathe
  • Encourages compassion for others

Yoga & Fitness Classes at Water Dog

At Water Dog, we provide many different yoga and fitness options. Currently, we are holding a Beginners Series, along with other classes on our floating deck. We also hold private, semi-private lessons and groups. Sunrise and Sunset classes are magical and we hold classes where you can either watch the sun rise or set over the water. For water loves, we even hold classes on Stand Up Paddleboards, which are your floating mats! This is where you can really tap into the healing powers of nature and the water and just enjoy the beautiful Corpus Christi Marina! Most classes at Water Dog are for all levels where we try to modify for beginners to advanced yogis! We also offer Intro level classes for the very beginner. You can find out more in our class descriptions of either SUP or Deck classes on the “What We Offer” tab of our website: