Benefits of Yoga

Most yoga classes focus on learning physical poses, called asanas. They often include some form of breathing and meditation technique as well. Some yoga classes are designed purely for relaxation. But there are styles of yoga that teach you how to move your body in new ways. Choosing one of these styles offers the greatest health benefits by enabling you to develop your flexibility, strength, and balance. The series of yoga poses called asanas work by safely stretching your muscles. This releases the lactic acid that builds up with muscle use and causes stiffness, tension, pain, and fatigue. In addition, yoga increases the range of motion in joints. The outcome is a sense of ease and fluidity throughout your body.

Yoga stretches your muscles and all of the soft tissues of your body. That includes ligaments, tendons, and the fascia sheath that surrounds your muscles. And no matter your level of yoga, you most likely will see benefits in a very short period of time. In one study, participants had up to 35% improvement in flexibility after only eight weeks of yoga. The greatest gains were in shoulder and trunk flexibility.

Some styles of yoga, such as ashtanga and power yoga, are more vigorous than others. Practicing one of these styles will help you improve muscle tone.

But even less vigorous styles of yoga, such as Iyengar or Hatha, which focus on less movement and more precise alignment in poses, can provide strength and endurance benefits.

The only way to be certain of all that yoga can do for you is to try it for yourself and see.

Physiological Benefits of Yoga

  • Balance improves
  • Weight normalizes
  • Sleep improves
  • Energy level increases
  • Immunity increases
  • Posture improves
  • Joint range of motion increase
  • Blood Pressure decreases
  • Pulse rate decreases
  • Cardiovascular efficiency increases
  • Gastrointestinal function normalizes
  • Excretory functions improve

Psychological Benefits of Yoga

  • Concentration improves
  • Memory improves
  • Attention improves
  • Mood improves
  • Self-actualization increases
  • Social skills increase
  • Well-being increases
  • Anxiety and depression decreases
  • Hostility decreases
  • Learning efficiency improves
  • Self-acceptance increases
  • Social adjustment increases 

Biochemical Benefits of Yoga

  • Glucose decreases
  • Sodium decreases
  • Total cholesterol decreases
  • Triglycerides decrease
  • Total serum protein increases
  • Vitamin C increases
  • Hemoglobin increases
  • Total white blood count decreases
  • Cholinesterase increases
  • Catecholimines decrease
  • Lymphocyte count increases
  • Thyroxin increases


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