One of my friend, who is a health freak and goes to the gym regularly, keeps on telling me the benefits of going to the gym. I don’t deny that as every from of exercise has its own benefits but I’m a big fan of YOGA. One day, I decided to make a list of benefits of practising yoga regularly and would show to her.
As it happens, science is starting to provide some proofs as to how yoga works to improve health, heals aches and pains, and beneficial in treating some major diseases. Once you understood them, you’ll have greater motivation to practice yoga everyday.
Below is the list of benefits, though, the list is much longer than this but the main ones are discussed here. Go on:
The practice of yoga regularly can make your body more flexible, giving your muscles and your joints a greater range of motion. As you start your yoga training, your body will feel pain and aches, it is difficult to complete the poses. But if you stick with it, you’ll notice a gradual loosening, and eventually, seemingly impossible poses will become possible. You’ll also probably notice that aches and pains start to disappear. A supple, flexible body is less prone to injuries because it can withstand physical stress. It is widely known that the words yoga and stretching go hand in hand.
2.) Reduces Weight
Weight loss is the direct benefit of doing yoga regularly. You not only looses your weight but also feels more energetic after the work out. Unlike the other form of exercise, once you shed the weight while doing yoga, it doesn’t bounce back. The change will be permanent. Clinical Studies proved that yoga can lower levels of stress hormones , eventually increases insulin sensitivity—a signal to your body to burn food as fuel rather than store it as fat.
A regular yoga practice can assist with reducing stress, anxiety and tension. It slows down the mental loops of frustration, regret, anger, fear, and desire that can cause stress.If you learn to quiet your mind and are stress-free, you’ll be likely to live longer and healthier. Instead of going on anti-depressing drugs, it is advised to do simple yoga poses and calm your mind.
4.)Inner peace and self-connection
Meditation is an essential limb of Yoga. In meditation you get to connect with your Self, the inner core of your being that is calm, settled and serene.Regular practice of Yoga establishes a connection with your inner Self; you feel a sense of belongingness with everyone and everything in Creation. Yo are at peace with the world and yourself. A connection with your self improves balance and focus.
There are many yoga poses ,which if practise regularly, can improve your immunity. One of the pose like that is Cobra. This pose targets thymus, an organ located behind the chest bone that is responsible for the growth of T-cells, your body’s first response to the cold or flu. By practising Cobra you are activating the function of this organ which otherwise is slow.
6.)Increases muscle strength and tone.
This is a misconception that muscle and strength training can be achieved only in the gym. It is proven that yoga has many poses which need to carry your body weight like cobra, suryanamskaar, triangle pose, bridge pose, chakra asana. Hence muscles can be build on a yoga mat as well. Surprised! More to come, it improves the bone health as well.
7.)Increases your blood flow
Studies have shown that yoga is the most effective form of exercise to increase the blood flow in your body. A good or normal blood flow might not help you much but a slow blood flow may increase your problems. Many of us has faced problems like fluid retention or pimple breakouts, the main reason is you need to throw out the toxins from your body with a good blood flow.
8.)Helps in normalising Blood pressure
Nowadays, Doctors are stressing a lot on how important it is to maintain the high blood pressure so that a heart attack can be avoided. As per doctors, even if someone is almost there, it is a advisable to try other therapies like yoga before starting the medication. Now we know practising yoga daily keeps a watch on weight , stress and connect you with your inner self. That way, High blood pressure can be controlled with yoga. Pranayama and meditation are two very effective ways of controlling hypertension.
9.)Lowers blood sugar
Diabetes or blood sugar is again a lifestyle disease. This disease is a silent killer as it starts destroying the organs with no major symptoms. Now, it is proved that few yogasanas like mandukasana can improve the insulin levels in your body.
As yoga focusses on stretching the body and connection with inner self ; it reduces the stress and increases the energy level. When the fatigue and stress level go down then body starts feeling energetic. Studies have also shown that some yoga poses increase the hormone cortisol which eventually affect the energy levels.
With all the benefits we are getting while practising yoga, it is definite to feel happy tthroughout the day. As you are not getting sick often, high level of energies, more balanced and focused attitude; it is imperative to feel at ease whatever you are doing. This could be a reason for an improved relationship . All and all, you must experience a great happiness while practising yoga.
So, when are you planning to start yoga?