Research shows that yoga helps manage or control anxiety, arthritis, asthma, back pain, blood pressure, carpal tunnel syndrome, chronic fatigue, depression, diabetes, epilepsy, headaches, heart disease, multiple sclerosis, stress, and other conditions and diseases. Yoga exercises improve circulation, stimulate the organs, and put pressure on the glandular system of the body, which can generally result in better health.
Flexibility & Strength
- Yoga increases the range of motion in your back, shoulders, hamstrings & hips. Yoga poses require you to support the weight of your own body. Balancing on one leg in poses like Tree Pose (Vrksasana)or supporting yourself with your arms like in Downward Facing Dog (Adho Mukha Svanasana) increases physical strength. Navasana or Boat Pose strengthens the lower abdominal muscles. Triangle Pose (Trikonasana) stretches and strengthens your legs & spine
Yoga Reduces stress and tension
- Yoga is known to reduce stress in the body by encouraging relaxation and lower levels of the stress hormone, cortisol. People find that they are more relaxed after practicing yoga. The physical postures of yoga are beneficial for reducing muscular tension, which reduces stress. We tend to store stress in not only our nervous system but throughout our muscular system, other tissues in the body, as well as our digestive system. Yoga can be very beneficial in reducing this stress by adding physical exercise, breathing techniques, and relaxation to the body. Yoga will increase flexibility and mobility, as well as increase the range of movement by reducing aches and pains. Yoga enhances circulation as a result of physical activity and breathing exercises that move oxygenated blood to the body’s cells.
Yoga Boosts self-esteem
- Yoga promotes an increased awareness of your own body. This increases your level of comfort in your own body which leads to improved posture and greater self-confidence.
Yoga improves Breathing
- Unfortunately, we do not use the full capacity of our lungs. This causes shallow breathing into the lungs. Yoga breathing exercises, called pranayama, teach us how to better use our lungs, which benefits the entire body. Certain types of breath can also help clear the nasal passages and even calm the central nervous system, which has both physical and mental benefits.
Yoga Pain Prevention
- Increased flexibility and strength can help prevent the causes of some types of back pain & sports-related injuries. Many people suffer from back pain because they spend a lot of time sitting at a computer or driving a car. This may result in tightness and spinal compression. Yoga improves alignment, which helps prevent back & many other types of pain. Yoga also helps athletes prevent sports-related injuries because muscles are flexible, stamina is increased, and pranayama aids in the recovery process.