Health Benefits Of Yoga
Yoga, has been practiced in the United States since the late 19th Century, but only gained popularity around the 1960's. Today, over 15 million Americans practice some type of Yoga, from Ashtanga, Vinyasa, Hatha, Bikram (??? hot
yoga), Iyengar, Kundalini or Power Yoga to doggie yoga laughter yoga or even dance yoga. In fact 75% of most US health clubs offer some form of yoga or the other. So, why are so many Americans taking up yoga practice?
Everyone knows the physical benefits of regularly practicing yoga, the increase in flexibility, improvement in muscle tone & strength, as well as, overall better posture. But this 5.000 year old practice is more than just a trendy workout
as it has been called. Its millions of followers are enjoying a host of health benefits. The balance Yoga brings the mind, body and spirit through body poses, controlled breathing & more importantly meditation is associated with a
number of health benefits which are medically and scientifically recognized the world over.
Here's a look at some of the Health Benefits associated with Yoga:
- Circulation: Through the practice of yoga poses along with breathing exercises, Yoga improves blood circulation. By improving circulation, nutrients and oxygen are better transported throughout your body resulting in healthier
organs, skin and brain.
- Stress: Practicing yoga decreases the stress hormones cortisone and adrenaline.
- Heart Disease: Yoga significantly lowers the risk of heart disease, the number one cause of death in America.
- Depression: Consistent yoga practice can help battle depression as it leads to a significant increase in the neurotransmitter serotonin 'the happy hormone' which regulates sleep, appetite & mood.
- Back Pain: Yoga brings elasticity to the spine and strengthens the muscles in the back, preventing back pain. It's estimated that 80% of the population in the US will experience a back problem sometime in their lives.
- Anti Aging: Often called "the fountain of youth" inversions like headstands, handstands and shoulder stands are said to be anti aging, reversing the force of gravity and time. They also improve strength and balance and are restorative &
- Cancer: Research has shown that patients fighting or recovering from W cancer who do yoga benefit from a number of advantages. Cancer patients who practice yoga are said to gain strength, raise red blood cells, experience less
nausea during chemotherapy and have a better overall well-being.
- Menopause: Studies have shown that women who took yoga classes which use props to support the postures, reported a 30 percent decrease in hot flashes, one of the side effects of menopause. Women who took Yoga classes for
longer reported less physical and sexual discomfort as well as reduced stress and anxiety.
- Respiration: Like the circulatory system, a lower respiratory rate A indicates that the lungs are working more efficiently. Yoga helps decrease the respiratory rate through a combination of controlled breathing exercises and better
fitness. In turn helps reduce respiratory related health problems like asthma, bronchitis and clear the nasal passage and sinuses
- Yoga is so effective that the US Army uses it to treat veterans and to teach stress management techniques. The term Yoga is wrongly used only to refer to the practice of physical postures or poses, which in reality is only a small part
of the more complex ancient discipline that includes physical, mental and spiritual practices to bring about a complete balance in a person for their well being. Let go of all the notions, assumptions and mistaken beliefs that Yoga is for
those who want to learn to twist their body into an intricate pretzel or do headstands and balancing acts. Grab a yoga mat and give it a try! You'll experience first hand the holistic benefits of this amazing practice called Yoga.
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