Western science is starting to provide some concrete researches on the benefits of a regular yoga practice and how yoga works to improve health. I myself have experienced yoga's healing power in a very real way like for a chronic shoulder pain and different other injuries.
I'm happy to share here some of the benefits to help you, I wish, to get the motivation to step onto your mat and commit to a yoga practice.
Yoga improves your flexibility and balance, during your first class you maybe won't be able to touch your toes but with the time you will get there.
Yoga builds muscles strenght, protecting us from arthritis, perfects posture and prevents cartilage and joint breakdown.
Yoga protects your spine, betters your bone health helping to ward off osteoroposis.
Yoga increases your blood flow and boosts your immunity by the increase the drainage of lymph, this helps the lymphatic system fight infection.
Yoga helps you focus, studies have found that regular yoga practice improves coordination, reaction time, memory, and even IQ scores.
Yoga learns you how to breathe and gives your lungs more room to inhale and exhale, increasing the volume of air which is bot calming and more efficient.
Yoga helps to heal depression and makes you happier.
I could add more benefits to this list but the best is always to try out.