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Master Balance, Stress Management, Core Building, and Other Health Benefits Of Yoga

Updated on May 11, 2016

HEALTH BENEFITS OF YOGA

Yoga is a mental, physical and spiritual practice or discipline which originated in ancient India about 5,000 years ago, which is being practiced in almost every country today. It is a form of exercise that focuses on flexibility, strength and breathing to aid in the improvement of physical and mental well-being. Its main component consists of postures (which is a series of movements designed to increase strength and flexibility) and breathing.

Some of the diverse advantages are:

FLEXIBILITY IMPROVEMENT:

A vital physical benefit of yoga, comes in the initial stages of practice, when aches and a pain are experienced at start-up, but gradually reduces as the practice is mastered. You can then assume increasingly difficult poses as your body loosens up. Yoga poses are meant to reinforce the muscles around the spine and the core which in turn alleviates back, shoulder and neck pains.

“Competition in spiritual matters brings confusion.” ― Kirby Clements
“Competition in spiritual matters brings confusion.” ― Kirby Clements | Source

INVOLVED IN MUSCLE BUILD UP:

Power yoga derived from the basic Ashatanga yoga, amplifies the effect of the build up of muscles. Most poses require focused participation for full five breathes as opposed to the normal three. Muscles are challenged as the mind and body have to work together and learn to work in harmony so as to hold a position or continue a succession without giving up.

Yoga Pose For Maintained Balance and Alignment
Yoga Pose For Maintained Balance and Alignment | Source

STRENGTHENS THE CORE:

Isometric exercises and other postures in power yoga, which place emphasis on holding one position without moving, can make the back and core stronger.

IMPROVES POSTURE:

Having poor posture can lead to back, neck, and muscle pains. When practicing yoga, you are made to assume several difficult poses which will, over time, have a positive influence in your posture thereby relieving you of any pains associated with it.

Yoga For Improved Posture and Flexibility
Yoga For Improved Posture and Flexibility | Source

INCREASES BLOOD FLOW:

Relaxation exercises in yoga often lead to improved blood circulation to the hands and feet. Assuming different poses during yoga exercises can lead to the flow of oxygenated blood to different parts of the body. It helps to boost the flow of hemoglobin and red blood cells to tissues.

Master Complicated Yoga Poses
Master Complicated Yoga Poses | Source

DROPS THE BLOOD PRESSURE:

Studies have observed a significant drop in diastolic and systolic blood pressure of participants who were placed on Savasana (corpse pose) exercise by simply lying down on a couch.

IMPROVES STAMINA AND ENDURANCE:

Mental endurance and physical stamina can be tested by regular yoga exercises which can be achieved by holding postures for extended breath.

IMPROVES CARDIOVASCULAR FITNESS:

By doing ashatanga yoga exercises that takes your heart rate to the aerobic range can relieve depression and lower the risk of heart attack. Yoga also lowers the resting heart rate, improves endurance, and boosts uptake of oxygen during exercise.

Practice Yoga For Improved Mood, Stress Management, and Overall Well-Being
Practice Yoga For Improved Mood, Stress Management, and Overall Well-Being | Source

IMPROVES MOOD:

By consistently assuming yoga poses, such as sit-on-lotus and king dancer pose, the practitioner’s mood tends to improve by de-cluttering the mind of all negative thinking by forcing centralized focus in order to maintain balance.

LOWERS BLOOD SUGAR LEVELS:

By practicing yoga, you can lower blood sugar level when cortisol and adrenaline levels are reduced. This simple act of meditation reduces the spikes that occur during the moments of stress by keeping your body in a constant relaxed state. Yoga also improves sensitivity to the effects of insulin.

Create a Focused Center
Create a Focused Center | Source

BOOST THE IMMUNE SYSTEM FUNCTIONALITY:

Yoga probably has the ability to boost the immune function by strengthening the body's response to vaccines and lowering it should the need arise. It is surmised that the Ayurveda sequence is very effective for treating cold and flu.

Peace and Meditation
Peace and Meditation | Source

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