Increasing flexibility to reach a healthy range of motion is the most obvious benefit of yoga. A healthy level of flexibility is important for maintaining an active lifestyle and preventing injury. We are generally born with healthy ranges of motion and almost no restrictions. But years of our modern lifestyle (from sports injuries to repetitive desk positions) have resulted in poor posture and limited range of motion from, among others, shortened hamstrings, tight hip flexors, and forward rolled shoulders. If you’ve ever sat in front of a computer for 8 hours in a row, you know the aches and pains that come with prolonged sitting. The good news is that with regular yoga practice you can increase your overall flexibility and slowly return to the healthy, unrestricted ranges of motion you enjoyed as a child!