Skip to content

You are here:Home arrow Fitness and Exercises arrow Yoga and Pilates arrow Top Health Benefits from Yoga
Top Health Benefits from Yoga E-mail
Written by Jeff Behar, MS, MBA   

While yoga has become increasingly popular over the past fewyoga_health_benefits 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
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, alzheimerscanceranti aging and alternative medicine Jeff Behar is the CEO of, and; two very popular health, fitness, nutrition and anti aging information web sites.
Next >

 Contact Our News Editors

  • For any corrections of factual information, or to contact the editors please use our feedback form.
  • Please send any medical, health, fitness or anti-aging news press releases to: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it  
  Back to Front Page
 List of all Health and Medical Sections






A to Z Health:
Allergies | Alzheimers | Anxiety | Arthritis | Asthma | Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) | Autism | Auto-Immune Disorders | Bird Flu | Bladder Cancer | Bone Disease | Brain Tumor Breast Cancer | Cardiovascular Disease | Cervical Cancer | Cholesterol (HDL, LDL) | Chronic Fatigue Syndrome | Cold and Flu | Colitis | Colon Cancer | Colorectal Cancer | Crohn's Disease Cystic Fibrosis | Dementia | Depression | Diabetes | Eczema | Endometrial Cancer | Erectile Dysfunction | Esophageal Cancer | Eye Disease | Fibromyalgia | Gastrointestinal Problems | Hair Loss Headaches (e.g., migraines, sinus, etc.) | Head and Neck | Hearing Loss | Heartburn | Heart Disease | Hormone Disorders | Hypertension (High Blood Pressure) | Infectious Diseases | Joint Pain Kidney Cancer | Kidney Disease | Leukemia | Liver Cancer | Liver Disease | Lung Cancer | Lung Disease | Lymphoma | Melanoma | Mesothelioma | Migraines | Multiple Sclerosis | Obesity Obessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) | Osteoporosis | Ovarian Cancer | Pancreatic Cancer | Parkinson’s Disease | Pediatric Cancer | Prostate Cancer | Prostate Health | Psoriasis | Respiratory Ailments | Sarcoma | Skin Cancer | Skin Diseases & Conditions | Sleep Disorders | Stomach Cancer | Stress | Stroke | Testicular Cancer | Thyroid Cancer | Thyroid Disease | Urology/Renal

Visitors: 26045512
Copyright © 2007 - 2018 Muscle Mag Fitness | Muscle, Fitness and Health Resource All rights reserved. Use of this site constitutes acceptance of Muscle Mag Fitness terms of service.
Designed by: