The Health Benefits Of Yoga!
This article will explain in detail what is yoga, the health benefits of yoga, and 5 poses to try!
First Things First – What Is Yoga?
Yoga is an ancient form of exercise that focuses on strength, flexibility, and breathing to boost physical and mental wellbeing. The main components of yoga are postures (a series of movements designed to increase strength and flexibility) and breathing.
Don’t be fooled and think that only ‘hippies’ do yoga – it is not true. Yoga has got so many benefits, and it’s extremely popular. If you are not into it – I suggest you start ASAP! 🙂
Health Benefits Of Yoga!
The relaxation techniques incorporated in yoga can lessen chronic pain, such as lower back pain, arthritis, headaches, and carpal tunnel syndrome. Yoga can also lower blood pressure and reduce insomnia.
Here are a couple more physical benefits:
1.Improved body flexibility and balance
2. Improved digestion
3.Improved abdominal strength
4.Enhanced overall muscular strength
5.Relaxation of muscular strains
7. It Also Benefits The Heart
2. Mental Health Benefits
Yoga’s incorporation of meditation and breathing can help improve a person’s mental well-being. Regular yoga practice creates mental clarity and calmness; increases body awareness; relieves chronic stress patterns; relaxes the mind; centers attention, and sharpens concentration. Body- and self-awareness is particularly beneficial because it can help with the early detection of physical problems and allow for early preventive action.
Here are a couple more mental benefits:
Yoga Can Help You Sleep Better:
Because yoga relaxes you and reduces stress, it will help you sleep better.
Yoga Can Boost Your Energy And Improve Your Mood:
Some studies show that yoga may have an anti-depressant effect and could help decrease symptoms of depression. This may be because yoga is able to decrease levels of cortisol, a stress hormone that influences levels of serotonin, the neurotransmitter often associated with depression. Which all means – a happier you!
Yoga Can Relieve Stress:
Yoga is known for its ability to ease stress and promote relaxation. In fact, multiple studies have shown that it can decrease the secretion of cortisol, the primary stress hormone. One study demonstrated the powerful effect of yoga on stress by following 24 women who perceived themselves as emotionally distressed.
Yoga Promotes Better Self-Care:
It’s like going to the gym – you are going there to better yourself; yoga is the same, you just tend to build inner muscles, rather than visible physical muscles. You are basically bettering your inner-self.
5 Poses To Try & Their Benefits:
This calming pose is a good default pause position. You can use the child’s pose to rest and refocus before continuing to your next pose. It gently stretches your lower back, hips, thighs, knees, and ankles and relaxes your spine, shoulders, and neck.
This pose – strengthens the arms, shoulders, and back while stretching the hamstrings, calves, and arches of your feet. It can also help relieve back pain.
3. Plank Pose
A commonly seen exercise, plank helps build strength in the core, shoulders, arms, and legs. Four-Limbed Staff Pose This push-up variation follows the plank pose in a common yoga sequence known as the sun salutation. It is a good pose to learn if you want to eventually work on more advanced poses, such as arm balances or inversions.
Triangle, which is a part of many yoga sequences helps build strength in the legs and stretches the hips, spine, chest, shoulders, groins, hamstrings, and calves. It can also help increase mobility in the hips and neck.
5.Seated Half-Spinal Twist Pose
This pose can increase the flexibility in your back while stretching the shoulders, hips, and chest. It can also help relieve tension in the middle of your back. This is a back-bending pose that stretches the muscles of the chest, back, and neck. It also builds strength in the back and hamstring muscles.
Multiple studies have confirmed the many mental and physical benefits of yoga. Incorporating it into your routine can help enhance your health, increase strength and flexibility and reduce symptoms of stress, depression, and anxiety. Finding the time to practice yoga just a few times per week may be enough to make a noticeable difference when it comes to your health.
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