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11 Unexpected Health-Promoting Benefits of Yoga

Nov 23rd 2015 at 12:05 PM

Yoga has been around for a long time and the benefits of yoga are many. It is being widely researched these days and many yoga practitioners including medical practitioners have accepted the fact that yoga   does have many health benefits. Here we will see some of the health-promoting benefits of yoga.

Yoga provides both physical and mental benefits. Regular practice of yoga makes a person cope better with stress. It improves a person's flexibility, strength, balance and endurance. It also increases the focus of the mind and yoga practice makes a person more aware of his thoughts and emotions.

Yoga has been found to help people with depression. It benefits a number of people suffering from mental illnesses like depression, schizophrenia, sleep problems and many other psychiatric conditions.

Group practice of yoga is said to stimulate the production of oxytocin a hormone which helps induce love and bonding. When practiced for a long time, the brain has been shown to produce high levels of serotonin which is the happiness hormone and these people were found to be more content. They had more brain mass in these areas.

A number of persons with chronic back pain have benefited after regular practice of yoga. Their back functions have improved but pain level remained moderate. Stretching exercises improved spinal flexibility.

Yoga has also indirectly helped people with infertility. People who have been unable to conceive because of psychological problems have an increased chance of conceiving after practicing yoga because it reduced stress and made than more calm and relaxed. Certain yoga postures also increases the blood flow to the reproductive organs and improve their functions. Hormonal functions can also be improved through regular practice of yoga

Yoga can detoxify the whole body. A number of yoga poses like shoulder stand, plow and fish work on the thyroid glands and enhance metabolism.  This will help get rid of hangovers. It will also help burn fat and remove cellulite. This was thought to be possible because of reverse flow of blood to the brain.

Yoga has a tremendous effect on cardiovascular benefits. It removes arterial plaque. Practicing yoga along with the regular treatment improved heart health and quality of life. The symptoms of asthma also showed some reduction with regular yoga practice.

In general, movement is said to be good for arthritis and regular yoga exercises has helped reduce pain and pain related health problems

Sleep related problems and insomnia was also effectively treated with yoga. A study which tried many alternative treatments for insomnia found yoga to be the most effective approach of treatment.

People suffering from another disease multiple sclerosis have also benefited from yoga. Multiple sclerosis is a disease where there is loss of muscle function, and coordination and a few other issues. All these symptoms have shown an improvement after practicing yoga.

Yoga has also been found beneficial for post-traumatic stress disorder. Their symptoms reduced and there is hope that yoga can help people who did not benefit with psychotherapy.

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