Another great benefit of yoga poses is that is helps to burn cholesterol, specifically in the abdominal region. Cholesterol build up is a big problem in Americans nowadays so it important that we cut our cholesterol down. Participating in yoga poses can help! The deep breathing done throughout yoga is also very beneficial. When taking deep breaths, you lift your stomach up and down in a continuos motion. This elongation of the stomach has been proven to really help tighten, strengthen, and tone the abdominal muscles.