Oh no, not necessarily.
Can, but can not, too. Like everything else. Very diplomatic answer.
I start with myself.
What has changed in my life since I do Ashtanga yoga:
- I have one topic more to talk about.
- I don't start working for companies, before I haven't done my yoga practice in the morning.
- I got more flexible (that's for sure).
- I got strong (that's for sure).
- I started this blog to keep me motivated (beside it's good for my English)
- I met wonderful new people in the Ashtanga community.
- I started meditating, which I consider as a logical consequence deriving from the asana practice.
Did I get calmer, or friendlier, or more attentive or less distracted because of my yoga practice? I don't know.
And what has changed in your life since you practice Ashtanga yoga?
I just remembered a compliment of the last year. My last boss told me: If I were you I were ill already (due to the stress). Inside I smiled and thought: That's what my yoga practice has done to me. (But is this true? Oh, I don't want to be such an awful doubter right now, yes, this was because of my daily yoga practice. I could handle stress without getting ill, great.)
Another real good thing intensive yoga practice can do I heard from Danny Paradise. Of course it is not a guarantee. Let me formulate it carefully. Yogis tend to have a quick death.
An intensive life and a quick death, that's it.
(Blogger does not allow me to make paragraphs, right now this drives me crazy. Form is important, presentation is everything. Perhaps I should do an asana, a forward bending one, to calm me down.)