Yoga is good for overall health because it works every part of the body, increasing flexibility and strength while encouraging good circulation and good posture. Different types of yoga address these health aspects to different degrees and use a variety of techniques.
The exercises in yoga target every part of the body with special emphasis on areas that are often neglected in everyday life, such as the neck and abdominal external obliques. Every asana, or pose, requires core-muscle engagement, which also improves balance. Yoga encourages expansive breathing techniques for better blood oxygenation. A slow, stepped approach improves flexibility and range of motion with minimal risk of injury.