A variety of poses and stretches in yoga not only help to increase your flexibility, balance, strength and endurance, but they can also provide a lasting sense of transformation. Some of the not-so-obvious benefits of yoga include better sleep, a better immune system and feeling more relaxed and at ease. Most people only perceive yoga benefits at body level and fail to realize the potential it can have in uniting the body, mind and breathe, which is key to living a calmer, happier and more fulfilling life.
Here are the top 6 health benefits you will experience when you adopt yoga as part of your lifestyle.
Increases your blood flow
Yoga poses that help with relaxation can also help with your blood circulation, especially in your hands and feet. Enhanced blood circulation will make more oxygen available to your cells.
Yoga postures that require you to contract and stretch muscles and move organs around can increase the drainage of lymph. This strengthens the lymphatic system and prepares it to fight against infection, destroy cancerous cells and dispose of toxic waste products of cellular functioning.
Increases your heart rate
Getting your heart rate regularly into the aerobic range helps lower your risk of a heart attack and also relieves depression. However, not all yoga postures will help you achieve aerobic benefits. More intense types of yoga such as Ashtanga yoga, can boost your heart rate into the aerobic range.
Controls blood pressure
If you have high blood pressure, you might benefit from yoga. In two separate studies published in the British medical journal, "The Lancet", it was observed that Savasana (Corpse Pose) led to a 26-point drop in systolic blood pressure and a 15-point drop in your diastolic blood pressure.
Helps you to focus
Focusing on the present is one of the important components of yoga. Studies present evidence that regular yoga practice improves memory, coordination time and reaction time. People who practice Transcendental Meditation, exhibit greater problem solving skills, a higher IQ and are able to recall information better.
Calms your senses
Stimulation is good for your mind and body, but too much of it can stress your nervous system. Yoga provides a way to find relief from hustle and bustle of modern life. Yoga postures such as Savasana and Pranayama encourages pratyahara, which means to turn the senses inward. This provides a down time for the nervous system and also helps you sleep better.
Yoga is a continuous process. To reap real benefits of yoga you will need to make it part of your lifestyle. The deeper you move into the practice, the more you will experience the profound the benefits of yoga in your life.
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