While yoga has become increasingly popular over the past few years, yoga has been practiced throughout the world for over 5,000 years. One of the main reasons that several types of yoga has become very popular in the western world is the realization that yoga offers many of the same health benefits of other forms of fitness, offering another choice to stretch, work your muscles, get in touch with your body, relax, and decrease stress.
Yoga Health Benefits
While yoga offers many health benefits in as little as one session, after 10 to 12 weeks of regular sessions, yoga practitioners often notice several significant health benefits including but not limited to:
- Stress Reduction. Yoga's deep breathing exercises brings calming effect that reduces stress.
- Reduces Anxiety. Yoga helps alleviate anxiety.
- Alleviates/Improves Depression. Yoga can help improve mood and alleviate depression. In addition to melatonin, the pineal gland also controls the release of serotonin, the "mood" hormone. As certain postures flush the pineal gland with oxygenated blood its function improves and emotional highs and low begin to even out.
- Improves Balance and Flexibility. With regular practice yoga helps the spine gets stronger and students notice that it is actually more comfortable to sit and stand straight.
- Improved Posture. With regular practice yoga helps the spine gets stronger and students notice that it is actually more comfortable to sit and stand straight.
- Reduction in Headaches Frequency. Many yoga postures relieve tension and tightness in the neck and shoulder area. As this area relaxes, blood flow increases and headaches often decrease or go away entirely.
- Lowers Blood Pressure. With regular practice yoga students find that they have lower blood pressure and better cardiovascular health.
- Reduces Digestive Problems. Yoga can help improve symptoms from common digestive disorders such as irritable bowel disorder (IBS).
- Reduces Constipation. Yoga can relax the central nervous system by focusing on breathing increases a process called peristalsis. Peristalsis moves processed food through the digestive system and out of the body. Certain postures increase blood flow to the colon, further aiding the digestive process.
- Improves Arthritis. Yoga can help alleviate joint stiffness and reduced mobility of arthritis sufferers.
- Reduces/Improves Insomnia. Several yoga postures focus on increasing blood flow through the pineal gland where melatonin, the hormone released to induce deep sleep, is released.
About the Author
Jeff Behar, MS, MBA is a recognized health, fitness and nutrition expert, regularly writing about hot topics in the areas of health, fitness, disease prevention,weightlifting, nutrition, weight loss, heart health, alzheimers, cancer, anti aging and alternative medicine. Jeff Behar is the CEO of MuscleMagFitness.com, and MyBestHealthPortal.com; two very popular health, fitness, nutrition and anti aging information web sites.
Jeff Behar, MS, MBA