This is part 1 of a 3-part series on the health benefits of Yoga, Travel, and Meditation.
Yoga helps to decrease anxiety and stress. Our modern lives can be filled with stressful events each day: rush hour traffic, phones ringing all day, a messy house, and a family to feed.
One of the best ways to decrease stress is by practicing yoga, and regular yoga practice can have a profound impact on your health. Yoga health benefits include:
Yoga Improves your Breathing
Steady consistent breathing during your yoga practice can help to calm the mind, improve lung capacity and relax the nervous system. The deep breathing exercises (pranayama) are beneficial to bring more awareness to the body and the breath, as well as elevating your oxygen levels within your body.
Yoga Improves your Circulation
Holding and releasing yoga postures helps to improve circulation by moving oxygen-rich blood throughout the body. It has been found that yoga is beneficial for cardiovascular health, as well as circulation throughout the body. Some of the postures focus specifically on certain parts of the body, in order to move fresh blood through the major joints and muscles, which helps with healing and repair on a cellular level.
Yoga Improves your Bodily Fitness
Stretching and balancing in yoga postures can be very beneficial for all fitness levels, improving flexibility and strength. With consistent practice, you will find that your range of motion improves, muscles become stronger, and balance and flexibility will improve as well. Visiting a yoga sanctuary can help you make great advances in your fitness level.
Yoga Helps You Lose Weight
Practicing yoga can help to reduce body fat, because the practice burns calories and helps with muscle development at the same time. Additionally, yoga is beneficial to reduce stress hormones, which can have a direct impact on weight loss and weight gain. Consistent yoga practice will also help you to be more aware of your body, and the heightened sense of well being can have a positive impact on healthy eating habits.
Yoga Reduces Chronic Pain
Many people have found that yoga helps to reduce chronic back pain, arthritis, migraines, neck pain, pain from auto-immune diseases, and many other types of chronic pain. Doctors suspect that the pain reduction is a result of lower stress levels, improved circulation and improved strength.
These are a few of the many benefits that can be gained from practicing yoga. For best results, yoga should be practiced on a consistent basis. Over time, your body will heal and you will see improvements in many areas of your life.
“Our bodies are our gardens—our wills are our gardeners.” – Shakespeare