The Benefits of Yoga

Modern times called for research and scientific studies on these yoga methods. As it turned out, yoga health benefits were not a hoax. The Hindus actually achieved a lot more than nirvana from the various yoga pose they did for meditation. The benefits were then categorized into three: the physiological, the psychological and the biochemical effects. They were compared against the benefits of regular exercise and are seen to be more advantageous holistically, aside from the fact that there is less risk for injuries.

The following are just some of the health benefits from continuous regular yoga sessions.

Physiological Benefits:
  • Normalized and improve function of the respiratory, endocrinal, excretory, cardiovascular, gastrointestinal and musculoskeletal system.
  • Stabilization of the involuntary nervous system.
  • Sensory perceptions are heightened.
  • Eye and hand coordination is improved.
  • Inhalation and exhalation can easily be controlled.
  • Stimuli reaction time is shortened.
  • Dexterity, posture, balance, strength and resiliency are improved.
  • Pain tolerance and healing, sleep, immunity and endurance are also improved.
  • Muscles are toned normally.
Psychological Benefits:
  • Memory, concentration, attention, and mood are improved.
  • Self-awareness, self-acceptance and self-actualization are increased.
  • Hostility, anxiety and depression are gradually decreased and even eliminated.
  • Well-being, self-preservation and acceptable social behaviors are even more cultivated.
  • Discipline is improved.
Biochemical Benefits:
  • Decrease in levels of triglycerides, total cholesterol, LDL and VLDL cholesterol, catecholamines, glucose, sodium and total white blood cell count in the body.
  • Increase in levels of HDL cholesterol, ATP, hematocrit, cholinesterase, hemoglobin, lymphocyte count, thyroxin, total serum protein, and ascorbic acid in the body.
What is even better is that yoga is not a competitive activity and that focus is on the one’s body and well-being. There is no plateau in the continuous practice of yoga because the poses are constantly changing when the body is increasing its levels of flexibility and strength. Poses are always relaxed and done in a serene atmosphere, therefore stimulating also the mind. Unlike other exercises which can only target specific parts of the body, yoga balances the activity between opposing muscle sets.

1 comment:

  1. I just started yoga about a month ago and I was very skeptical. After the first two visits I fell in love with it! I have alrways been very unflexible and it has gotten worse over the past few years. Yoga has really helped tone my body, increase flexibility and I always feel great when I leave my class! I attend CoreYoga 2-3 times per week. I would recommend attending at a yoga studio and not a gym or at home because you get the entire experience in a warm, quiet, relaxing environment.
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