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Benefits That Yoga Can Have On Your Mental And Physical Health

The world is chaotic, overwhelming, and full of things that disturb our inner peace and affect our well-being. Yoga is a combination of physical exercises, breathing techniques, meditation, and relaxation. Therefore, a regular yoga practice can benefit the body and also the mind. We tend to think and act as though body and mind are separate entities, although they are not. Yoga can coordinate those two, so the body becomes flexible, stronger, more vital, and the mind becomes peaceful, joyful, lighter, and more creative. The combination of all the yoga techniques helps to completely improve your health, which is especially necessary at a time when both young and old live at a fast pace and daily stress.

The effects of yoga practice arise as a result of our commitment, and that is individual. Immediately after the first hours of practicing yoga, you will feel pleasantly relaxed and in a better mood. The tension and fatigue from the body will disappear. When the organs, muscles, and nerves no longer function in harmony, we experience imbalance. 

The benefits of yoga on physical health

Practicing yoga techniques balances all the functions and work of all organs in the human body, which helps to alleviate or overcome many health disorders, for example:

Reduce the chances of heart problems and other diseases

Lipoprotein (LDL), also known as bad cholesterol, increases the chances of heart problems. According to the study, respondents who practiced yoga for 6 months, significantly reduced the level of bad cholesterol and triglycerides. The same study also found that yoga can improve thyroid function.

Improving the respiratory system

Most of us take shallow breaths and do not focus on our breath at all in our daily lives. ‘Pranayama’ breathing focuses our attention on the breath and teach us how to take longer and deeper breaths and how to control our breathing. This increases the flow of oxygen throughout the body, which helps with reducing stress, increases energy, and helps the body to get rid of toxins. The heart rate slows down and we can easily relax. Certain types of breath can also help clear nasal passages (useful for people with allergies). There are also physical yoga poses such as backbends that support the respiratory system in doing its work by opening up the chest region, expanding the lungs, and giving them space to breathe.

Increases muscle tone

Certain positions require balance and muscle support, so, over time, all of this contributes to the strengthening of all muscle groups in the body. Yoga lengthens muscles and increase muscle definition and tone in the arms, legs, abdomen, and back. People with arthritis often notice an improvement in their pain and mobility because yoga poses can strengthen the muscles around the joints.

Improving flexibility, strength and posture

Yoga offers a wide range of movements and stretching in all muscle groups and these are two ways that contribute to greater elasticity of the body. Yoga can be practiced at all levels of ability, so you don’t have to be extremely flexible. Exercising daily will soon make a difference in your flexibility, whether you’re already flexible or not. Daily practice of yoga also helps to improve the position of your body, making you go higher and sit upright on your desk. Pain caused by improper posture, such as back pain, will be alleviated.

Improves sleep

Yoga can be a great remedy for insomnia, it can help you sleep better, longer, and to fall asleep faster. A 2014 study found that after 12 weeks of continuous practice, yoga improves the quality, efficiency, and sleep latency of the adults. Similarly, another study of 120 nurses found that those who practiced yoga for 50 to 60 minutes, twice a week showed improved sleep quality and less stress in the workplace compared to a group that did not practice yoga.

Increases energy

Twenty to thirty minutes of yoga every day will provide the needed energy boost in our busy lives. Yoga with its combination of physical movement and breathing is perfect when your reserves are drained. The regular practice of yoga will awaken the main energy centers (called chakras) in our bodies.

The benefits of yoga on mental health

Practicing yoga techniques can help us deal with stress, negative thoughts, and has a lot of psychological benefits, for example:

Improves mood

Gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) is an amino acid found in the central nervous system. It is responsible for regulating muscle tone and blocking impulses between nerve cells. Low GABA levels are usually associated with epilepsy and mood swings.One study found that those who practiced yoga for 12 weeks significantly improved their mood and increased GABA levels in their brains, compared with those who walked 60 minutes a day, three times a week.

Mental calm and control

While practicing the yoga poses (asanas) you are deeply concentrated on what your body is doing and that has a calming effect on the mind. By observing the breath, you are moving away from your thoughts and this is a great introduction to the techniques of meditation. These are valuable skills in times of stressfulness, anxiety, insomnia, etc.

Reduces stress

Yoga can increase the production of two hormones that are essential for maintaining happiness, health, and a sense of calm. Oxytocin – the “love hormone” is responsible for our feelings of closeness and helps reduce stress and improve overall health. Endorphins, on the other hand, are hormones that are released when you practice yoga and play an important role in managing physical pain and negative emotions.

Become more aware

Yoga and consciousness go hand in hand. When you practice yoga, you will redirect your consciousness to the feelings, thoughts, and emotions that accompany a particular pose. That consciousness will return the mind to the present moment. Exercising consciousness has lasting physical and psychological benefits.

Awareness of the body

Practicing yoga helps to connect the body with the mind and in that way it can increase awareness of the body. This awareness can result in keeping the body in good shape, which over time helps boost self-confidence. Regular yoga practice has been shown to reduce pain and help with adjustments and symptoms associated with medical conditions such as asthma, diabetes, multiple sclerosis, and cancer. You can try yoga at home, in nature, or in the studio where you can connect with others and create a sense of belonging. Everyone gets the benefits of practicing yoga. Whether you are young or old, fit or overweight, more or less flexible, yoga will strengthen the body and calm your mind.

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