Why yoga for better health?
It is scientificly proven that practicing yoga can have a great possitive inpact in our health.
Below you can learn how yoga can improve your life, in many ways and aspects.
1. Improves your flexibility
Improved flexibility is one of the first and most obvious benefits of yoga.
2. Builds muscle strength
Strong muscles do more than look good.
3. Perfects your posture
Your head is like a bowling ball-big, round, and heavy. When it’s balanced directly over an erect spine, it takes much less work for your neck and back muscles to support it.
4. Prevents cartilage and joint breakdown
Each time you practice yoga, you take your joints through their full range of motion.
5. Protects your spine
Spinal disks -the shock absorbers between the vertebrae that can herniate and compress nerves -crave movement.
6. Betters your bone health
It’s well documented that weight-bearing exercise strengthens bones and helps ward off osteoporosis.
7. Increases your blood flow
Yoga gets your blood flowing. More specifically, the relaxation exercises you learn in yoga can help your circulation, especially in your hands and feet.
8. Drains your lymphs and boosts immunity
When you contract and stretch muscles, move organs around, and come in and out of yoga postures, you increase the drainage of lymph (a viscous fluid rich in immune cells).
9. Ups your heart rate
When you regularly get your heart rate into the aerobic range, you lower your risk of heart attack and can relieve depression.
10. Drops your blood pressure
If you’ve got high blood pressure, you might benefit from yoga.
11. Regulates your adrenal glands
Yoga lowers cortisol levels. If that doesn’t sound like much, consider this. Normally, the adrenal glands secrete cortisol in response to an acute crisis, which temporarily boosts immune function.
12. Makes you happier
Feeling sad? Sit in Lotus. Better yet, rise up into a backbend or soar royally into King Dancer Pose.
13. Founds a healthy lifestyle
Move more, eat LESS
14. Lowers blood sugar
Yoga lowers blood sugar and LDL (“bad”) cholesterol and boosts HDL (“good”) cholesterol.
15. Helps you focus
An important component of yoga is focusing on the present.
16. Relaxes your system
Yoga encourages you to relax, slow your breath, and focus on the present, shifting the balance from the sympathetic nervous system (or the fight-or-flight response) to the parasympathetic
17. Improves your balance
Regularly practicing yoga increases proprioception (the ability to feel what your body is doing and where it is in space) and improves
18. Maintains your nervous system
Some advanced yogis can control their bodies in extraordinary ways, many of which are mediated by the nervous system.
19. Releases tension in your limbs
Do you ever notice yourself holding the telephone or a steering wheel with a death grip or scrunching your face when staring at a computer screen?
20. Helps you sleep deeper
Stimulation is good, but too much of it taxes the nervous system. Yoga can provide relief from the hustle and bustle of modern life.
21. Boosts your immune system functionality
Asana and pranayama probably improve immune function, but, so far, meditation has the strongest scientific support in this area.
22. Gives your lungs room to breathe
Yogis tend to take fewer breaths of greater volume, which is both calming and more efficient.
23. Prevents IBS and other digestive problems
Ulcers, irritable bowel syndrome, constipation – all of these can be exacerbated by stress.
24. Gives you peace of mind
Yoga quells the fluctuations of the mind,
25. Increases your self-esteem
Many of us suffer from chronic low self-esteem. If you handle this negatively – take drugs, overeat, work too hard, sleep around –
26. Eases your pain
Yoga can ease your pain. According to several studies, asana, meditation, or a combination of the two has reduced the pain in people with arthritis, back pain, fibromyalgia, carpal tunnel syndrome, and other chronic conditions.
27. Gives you inner strength
Yoga can help you make changes in your life. In fact, that might be its greatest strength.
28. Connects you with guidance
Good yoga teachers can do wonders for your health.
29. Helps keep you drug free
If your medicine cabinet looks like a pharmacy, maybe it’s time to try yoga
30. Builds awareness for transformation
Yoga and meditation build awareness. And the more aware you are, the easier it is to break free of destructive emotions like anger.
31. Benefits your relationships
Love may not conquer all, but it certainly can aid in healing.
32. Uses sounds to soothe your sinuses
The basics of yoga -asana, pranayama, and meditation -all work to improve your health, but there’s more in the yoga toolbox.
33. Guides your body’s healing in your mind’s eye
If you contemplate an image in your mind’s eye, as you do in yoga nidra and other practices, you can effect change in your body. Several studies have found that guided imagery reduced postoperative pain, decreased the frequency of headaches, and improved the quality of life for people with cancer and HIV.