Yoga is a practice that been gaining popularity over the years because science has proven that yoga has some health benefits.
For those who are interested in doing yoga or want to know more about yoga, then I advise you to keep reading.
I have recently started out doing yoga, mainly because I had nothing else to do during this lockdown period, but also because of the massive amounts of benefits yoga does have.
In my last blog post about living a healthy lifestyle, I listed the benefits of doing yoga, but I didn’t explain those benefits in detail.
Improves your flexibility
Flexibility can be gained through yoga. To those who have lost flexibility and want to regain them or those who just want to gain flexibility, yoga will for sure help you.
You must remember that you can’t just be flexible overnight, it takes time.
Depending on how flexible you are your ability to touch your toes in a pike position may take days, weeks or maybe a month.
Therefore, you shouldn’t be disappointed if you are not touching that toes after a week of stretching. To increase your flexibility quickly, you need to do yoga regularly.
For example, I do yoga every day, but if you do not have the time to do yoga every day, try to do it at least once a week.
Why is gaining flexibility important though? Well, for starter, it can improve your posture. Tight and tensed muscles in the back, chest and hips can cause poor posture.
Besides, gaining flexibility can reduce the pain that you feel such as back pain.
It can also eliminate any muscle imbalances as it reduces the chances of you getting injured while doing any physical activity.
Increases blood flow
Through relaxation exercises you do in yoga, this can help your blood flow because helps your circulation in your hands and feet.
The breathing exercises in yoga helps you get more oxygen to the cells in your body.
Handstands, elbow-stands and headstands increase the blood in the veins from the legs flow back to the heart.
This is beneficial for those who may have swelling in their legs from heart problems.
Yoga can decrease the likelihood of having a heart attack or stroke, which is a huge bonus.
Improves your overall health
Oxford University found out that people who practise yoga for at least once a week felt less stressed, had better sleep quality and had lower blood pressure.
Not only is yoga good for your mental health, but the National Institute of Health states that yoga is also good for those who have lower back pain, muscular and skeletal issues.
Yoga promotes relaxation and reduces stress through scientific evidence. They proved that yoga decreases the level of cortisol, a stress hormone, in your body. Yoga also reduces anxiety.
There was a study where 34 women were diagnosed with an anxiety disorder and were told to attend yoga classes twice a week for two months.
When they finished the experiment, the women who did attend yoga classes, had a significantly lower anxiety level than those who didn’t practice yoga.
There have been many studies that support the statement that yoga reduces anxiety.
Yoga gives a sense of peace and relaxation, which could be the reason why yoga has the ability to relieve stress and anxiety.
May reduce inflammation
Yoga may also reduce inflammation. Although inflammation is a normal immune system response, chronic inflammation can lead to the development of diseases such as heart diseases, diabetes and cancer.
There was a study that showed those who practise yoga regularly had lower levels of inflammatory markers than those who didn’t practise yoga.
To conclude, yoga has many benefits but the main reason why I do yoga is that it makes me happier.
Although it does have health benefits to your body, the fact that it makes you happier and more relaxed is something that is more important to me than anything else.