Yoga is a very adaptable form of exercise that can hold many benefits, but too many of us seem to think that the only really effective routines involve lots of sweating and bouncing around. Actually, there are many ways yoga can promote positive changes in both your body and mind. Here are just a few to start.
Lower stress levels
Relieving stress is one of the best reasons to exercise, and research has shown that yoga has the ability to lessen the activity of proteins that play a role in causing inflammation.
Improved brain function
Only 20 minutes of Hatha yoga can improve cognitive function, boosting memory and focus. Studies have shown that 20 minutes of yoga can do more for brain functioning than the same amount of vigorous exercise.
Yoga has significant physical benefits, too, like increased flexibility in the lower back, shoulder and hamstring. Practicing Bikram yoga can also increase deadlift strength and decrease body fat.
Lower blood pressure
A few months of practicing yoga can lower blood pressure in some with mild to moderate hypertension. Research has shown that those who practiced yoga achieved more significant drops in blood pressure than those who participated in a walking/nutrition/weight-counseling program.
A 2009 Harvard story showed that yoga can boost desire, arousal, orgasm and general sexual function for women. Another study revealed that yoga can improve women’s sexual satisfaction by helping them to become more aware of their own bodies.
In addition to these short-term benefits, practicing yoga over a longer period of time can result in stronger bones, healthier weight and lower risk of heart disease.
In the next few posts, we’ll we telling you more about the benefits of yoga and looks at some of the different types. No matter what your age or fitness level, there’s a form of yoga that can help you look and feel better!