Jul 06, 2015

12 MIND-BOGGLING BENEFITS OF YOGA

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Yoga is a science of Body, Mind, Consciousness and Soul that offers us the methods and techniques for the attainment and improvement of health, as well as physical, mental and spiritual harmony. Yoga comprehensively provides an aid to help one’s self.

With all this and much more to offer, the benefits of yoga are felt in a profound yet subtle manner. So, here is an attempt to make you realize how beneficial the yoga is.

All round fitness

With a combination of cardio, functional and strength training, yoga gives you all that a gym can and that too in a peaceful, safe and more holistic way. Not just keeping you physically fit, it also looks after your mental and emotional health. A complete package for your body fitness!

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Weight loss

Apart from yoga being an effective form of exercise that allows obese people to burn fats, a study shows that practicing yoga can actually help promote mindful eating. Due to the breathing techniques followed during the practice of yoga, it strengthens the mind-body connection that helps you deal with emotions that fuel stress eating.

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Improves immunity

An irregularity in the body affects the mind and similarly unpleasantness or restlessness in the mind can manifest as an ailment in the body. Yoga poses massage organs and strengthens muscles; on the other hand, breathing techniques and meditation release stress and improve immunity.

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Increases blood flow

The relaxation exercises which you learn in yoga and may find boring is what gets your blood flowing. Yoga boosts levels of hemoglobin and red blood cells, which carry oxygen to the tissues and thins the blood by cutting the level of clot-promoting proteins in the blood.

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Improves flexibility

The practice of yoga helps the body gently regain its flexibility by stretching out the muscles of various areas without causing any harm to them. It also helps improve your body posture when you stand, sit, sleep or walk, which in turn, help relieve you of body pain due to

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Perfects posture

A poor posture can cause back, neck, and other muscle and joint problems and can lead to arthritis. Yoga helps stretch and tone muscles all over the body, making them stronger which in turn give you better posture.

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Helps you sleep deeper

Yoga provides relief from the hustle and bustle of modern life that can cost much to your nervous system and hence can deprive you of a good deep sleep. A study also found that the regular practice of yoga helped chronic insomniacs deal with the disease.

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Helps your focus

One of the most important components of yoga is focusing on the present. It improves coordination, memory, reaction time and even IQ scores. They are less distracted by their thoughts and hence their ability to solve problem and recall information increases.

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Maintains nervous system

Some advanced yogis can control their bodies in extraordinary ways like raising the temperature of their hands by 15 degrees Fahrenheit. If these experts can do that, you can also learn to improve blood flow to your pelvis if you’re trying to get pregnant or induce relaxation when you’re having trouble falling asleep.

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Living with greater awareness

Yoga and pranayama make us aware of our mind’s tendency of swinging from the past to the future, avoiding the present. This awareness brings the mind back to the present moment where it can stay happy and focused.

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Improves sexual health

Research has found that practicing yoga for 12 weeks continuously can improve all the aspects of sexual health for both men as well as women. It brings intercourse satisfaction, improved desire, partner synchronization and helps them have more powerful orgasm.

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Makes you happier

Yes, it’s true. One study found that a consistent yoga practice improved depression and led to a significant increase in serotonin levels and a decrease in the levels of monoamine oxidase that leads to greater levels of happiness and better immune function.

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Being a continuous process, yoga needs practice with patience. The deeper you move into your yoga practice, the more profound are its benefits. Keep doing and stay healthy!

Experienced more such benefits? Please do write in.

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