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benefits of yoga practice

Looking for motivations to try yoga? From increased strength to flexibility to emotional health, continue reading to know the benefits of rolling out the mat!

Last few decades have seen an increase in the popularity of yoga. Yet, many fail to comprehend that yoga is not just another form of workout and that it will benefit them in ways they never imagined! Yoga as a practice has several benefits. Let’s have a look at few of these benefits.

Emotional Health Booster

The word “yoga” comes from the Sanskrit word “yuj”. It means union, to join, and brings the mind and body together. It is precisely why yoga enhances your emotional health. In fact, in 2013, ‘Frontiers in Psychiatry’ published a study which asserted that yoga is as powerful as psychotherapy or antidepressants. It said that extreme conditions like schizophrenia could also be controlled by regular yoga practices. It was found that practicing yoga stimulates the production of oxytocin, the love and bonding hormone. Mindfulness practiced through yoga and meditation is also helpful in controlling serotonin (the happiness hormone), acetylcholine, and gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA), the major body chemicals that are responsible for our emotional wellbeing.

Psychological Health Benefits of Yoga

Breathing techniques in yoga have immense benefits that work internally and promote our overall wellbeing. A quick overview of some of the important internal benefits of yoga are: Insomnia Buster Katherine Newton, from Group Health Research Institute in Seattle, told Huffington post that yoga asanas relieve hypertension and headaches promoting better circulation and calming your body and, most importantly, your mind. She said yoga is one of the most effective alternative medicine strategies for insomnia. Lowers Blood Pressure Yoga enhances the blood circulation in the body which allows oxygenation in the body. There is a significant reduction in the blood pressure because of oxygenation Lowers Respiratory Rate and eases Asthma Breathing practice like pranayama allows your lungs to work more efficiently while improving asthma symptoms as per a study submitted to the National Library of Medicine. Boosts Memory and reduces the risk of Alzheimer’s A study appeared in the ‘Journal Of Alzheimer’s Disease’ in 2016. It revealed that various asanas increase blood supply to your brain invigorating your nervous system. This leads to the improvement of the cognitive and perceptual functions of brains, thus promoting overall brain fitness.

Physical Health Benefits of Yoga

Yoga has many visible external benefits. Read on. It might just surprise you! Delays Premature Aging Yoga helps in detoxing thereby eliminating toxins and free radicals. This delay the aging process. Improves Body Posture Poor posture leads to back, neck and other joints and muscles problems. Yoga helps you adopt the right body posture which makes you both healthy and confident. Increasing Total Body Strength Yoga uses your own body weight to improve your strength. This is an amazing method of strength training. Strong muscles protect us from conditions like arthritis and back pain. Allows You To Maintain Ideal Weight Yoga regulates metabolism and helps in building lean muscle. Hence, it is very effective in maintaining your ideal weight.

Spiritual Benefits

Yoga helps you calm your mind and listen to your body giving you many spiritual benefits. Mindfulness Mindfulness refers to focusing your attention on here and now. Yoga teaches you to enjoy what you experience without judging yourself. Connects You with Your True Essence Yoga helps you creates awareness and connection between your body, mind, and spirit. This leads to a feeling of “oneness” within yourself and with the world around you. Through regular yoga practice, you become more connected to your true essence. Attainment of Inner Peace Yoga teaches you to control your thoughts. Ultimately you start to understand your true beliefs and attain inner peace. Understanding Your Higher Purpose Yoga enhances your awareness and helps you mentally declutter enabling you to connect with your higher purpose. These benefits may seem like a whole lot, buts believe me; this is just the tip of the ice burg. Yoga is a continuous process. So keep practicing! The deeper your yoga practice, the more profound will be the benefits you experience.