Posted on September 13 2017
In the land where Yoga took birth, there are not many who practice and are aware of the various health and mental benefits of Yoga.
Yoga is known globally as a great way to keep fit and stay calm. So it’s time to unpack your Yoga mat and make the most of this 5000 year old tradition. Be it Power Yoga or Hatha Yoga or any other form, the benefits are endless. We listed some of the top benefits below to motivate you!
Physical Benefits of Yoga
Yoga, when practiced under a certified instructor is a great way to increase flexibility as it stretches out your muscles and increase the range of motion in your joints. Yoga is also instrumental in the release of the lactic acid build up, which typically causes the early morning aches and pains.
One of the worst things to do with your body is to slouch. Through the various sitting and standing asanas, you get a good reason to stand in the correct posture. Yoga strengthens your core by using your abdominal muscles to maintain a pose and significantly helps you straighten your back and improve posture.
Mental Benefits of Yoga
3. Lesser Stress
In the chaotic schedules of today’s professionals, Yoga can bring about a much needed state of calm and serenity in their daily lives. Various Yoga styles have meditation techniques that help in keeping the stressful noise in your head aside. The basic deep breathing pushes you to focus on your breath and clear your mind.
4. Helps With Focus
Yoga largely focuses on the present state. Regular practice of Yoga has proven to improve various mental functions like coordination, reflexes, memory, and even IQ scores. Those who are known to practice meditation regularly demonstrate the ability to solve problems and acquire and recall information better as they are less distracted by their thoughts which play over and over like an endless tape loop.
Health Benefits of Yoga
5. Body Weight
An hour of Hatha Yoga or Power Yoga isn’t as likely to burn calories as you would with a high intensity workout. Yoga has its own way of normalizing body weight by restoring hormonal balance in your body.
6. Boosts Immunity
Asanas and the practice of the age old Pranayama are known to improve immune function but the regular practice of meditation has recorded the strongest scientific support in immunity boosting. It increases immunity in need like (for example, raising antibody levels in response to a vaccine) and lowers it as needed (like mitigating an inappropriately aggressive immune function in an autoimmune disease like psoriasis.)
7. Better Memory
Meditation is known to improve rapid memory recall. People who are known to practice mindful meditation are able to adjust brain waves that screen out distractions and increase productivity. The ability to ignore distractions explains a superior ability to rapidly remember and incorporate new facts.
8. Resolve Phobias
Owing to the fact that meditation helps with self-awareness and reduces mental stress, it helps to resolve the deepest of neuroses, fears and conflict which play their part in causing stress and ill health.
With these facts stated, we hope you are gearing up for your Yoga classes!