Yoga began as something of a “new age” fad that became more widely popular over the years. A classic fad tends to die out within a few years, but yoga only grew in popularity. It’s not likely to be going away in the future, partly thanks to the fact that yoga has established some solid, science-backed benefits to health.
- Flexibility and Protection from Injury
You probably won’t be able to do a full forward fold at your first class, but over time, you should notice greater flexibility throughout your entire body. As you achieve greater flexibility, you’ll become less prone to injury during your regular activities.
- Reduced Depression and Anxiety
Many exercises in yoga can regulate your adrenal glands, which are responsible for cortisol production. High cortisol levels are associated with depression and anxiety. So when you do yoga regularly, you can reduce your risk of developing mental ailments.
- Sleeping Aid
According to the CDC, insufficient sleep is a public health problem spurred by the stimulation of work and other life stressors. An estimated 50 to 70 million Americans report sleep wakefulness disorder, which limits their deep sleep to an unhealthy extent. Yoga acts as an outlet to relieve daily tension and help you sleep better at the end of the day.
Yoga is a form of exercise, which sparks higher levels of energy. Increased blood flow and greater lung function from daily practice also stimulate your energy levels.
- Weight Loss
The average yoga session burns relatively few calories, but studies show it can still help to shed a few pounds. Researchers find that the act of doing yoga helps people who hope to lose weight to develop the motivation to do so.
- Cardio and Circulatory Health
As you expand flexibility and stretch multiple parts of your body, you’ll experience greater blood flow from head to toe. You’ll also raise your heart rate and stimulate cardio health.
- Pain Relief
Headaches, neck pain, back pain, aching joints, and many other ailments have been suppressed through the power of yoga. Doctors often recommend it as a natural pain relief for patients who suffer from fibromyalgia, carpal tunnel syndrome, arthritis, and other chronic conditions.
- Muscle Strength, Toning, and Athletic Performance
You’ll look better, perform better in physical activities, and prevent injuries with the help of yoga. As you strengthen your muscles and increase your flexibility, you’re also less likely to develop conditions such as arthritis.
- Higher Concentration
Everyone knows what it feels like to fight sleepiness in a boring meeting or during a struggle to solve a problem. Yoga practice promotes concentration, increases creativity, and can even get you a higher IQ score.
- Better Attitude
As you gather a series of mental and physical benefits through practicing yoga, you’ll probably develop a better attitude as well. You may feel happier, more focused, better about yourself, and ready to handle life’s bigger challenges.
- Spine Protection
Poor posture is a serious condition that affects millions of Americans. Your spine supports your head, and when you spend hours hunched over a desk or sitting slouched in a chair, you strain your spine and the associated muscles. Yoga can naturally improve your posture and strengthen vertebrae, and thus reduce spinal problems.
- Immune Support
Various physical activities boost your immune system, but yoga takes it a step further. Yoga and meditation typically go hand in hand, and research shows that the meditative facet of yoga enhances the immune system. It reduces stress, increases lung function, raises blood oxygenation, and provides a variety of other mental and physical health benefits to the immune system.
Yoga can quell frustration, anger, fear, stress, and other negative factors that prevent you from focusing on wellness and peace of mind. You can develop a more mindful approach to your health and well-being through yoga … not to mention greater mindfulness toward the world around you.
- Lower Blood Sugar
Bad cholesterol, LDL, and blood sugars lead to heart problems, diabetes, kidney failure, and other medical problems. Studies show that yoga can lower blood sugar and LDL while boosting HDL, which is good cholesterol.
- Lung Function
One study revealed that the breathing techniques used in yoga improve respiratory rates and strengthen lung capacity. Greater lung function can lead to more efficient breaths, higher energy levels, and more overall vitality.
- Self-Esteem and Confidence
Chronic low self-esteem is common, and can lead to poor life choices. Yoga will help you feel better about yourself physically and mentally.
- Aids Lifestyle Changes
Overall, yoga can help you make better choices. It strengthens the immutable connection with the body which encourages healthier eating and exercise habits. You’ll engage in greater self-care, and it could put you on a path to healing areas of your mind and body you’ve neglected.
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