It’s no secret that yoga is a great way to calm down and improve your health. Apart from reducing stress, and increasing flexibility, it is also a great workout combining movement with breath. Most city dwellers suffer from muscle tensions and pains in their bodies, whether it’s stiff neck, tight shoulders, hamstrings and hips.
“The word yoga itself means union. It unites your mind, body and spirit. During yoga practice, we inhale positive emotions and exhale negative emotions.”
Research has shown that aside from the physical benefits, yoga helps to manage stress, which has devastating effects on mental and physical health. In addition, practicing yoga can help with many other problems such as:
Cardiovascular health – yoga relaxes blood vessels and reduces blood pressure while increasing the blood flow to the heart muscle.
Chronic neck and low-back pain – in yoga, when you hold a pose, your muscles contract and then slowly relax as you breath in and out. When relaxation sets in, back pain starts to go away.
Mind clarity the brain – focused breath equals maximizing oxygenation and movement increases blood flow to brain and body.
Diabetes – yoga improves your digestion, which can improve your blood sugar, which is great for both diabetes prevention and control
Stress and anxiety – yoga is know to lower levels of cortisol, the stress hormone.
Depression – yoga helps to fight anxiety, depression, and health-related quality of life after just eight week of practice (at least twice a week)
Self-perception – yoga leads to better self-control, self-perception, well-being, body awareness, balance, mind-body and reflexivity.
Aging – yoga helps erase some signs of aging, but also prevented several lifestyle-related diseases of which oxidative stress and inflammation are the chief cause.
PMS – women who practiced yoga regularly felt more relaxed or were in a more peaceful mental state