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The Benefits of Yoga

Throughout history, every age and time is usually known with a specific kind of exercise routine and fads until someone comes around to dispute its effectiveness or introduces another one. Such cannot be said of yoga, an ancient practice that incorporates gentle exercise, breath control and meditation, has been around for more than 5,000 years. Western science is now starting to provide some concrete clues as to how yoga works to improve health, heal aches and pains, and keep your sicknesses at bay.

 

Reduces Stress & Improves Relaxation

Yoga reduces the stress hormone (cortisol) level in the body. This reduction invariably results in reduced stress, fatigue, anxiety, and depression. With yoga connecting the mind and body, mental health and relaxation are significantly improved.

 

Promotes Flexibility

During your first session, you may discover it is hard to touch your toes when in a bent position. Over time, yoga enhances joint and muscle flexibility such that you will be able to make moves you couldn’t before. This can help reduce joint and muscle pain effortlessly.

 

Builds muscle strength

Strong muscles do more so much more than just looking great. They also protect us from a myriad of conditions like arthritis, back pain and general aches and pains. When you build this muscle strength through yoga, you help to balance it with flexibility.

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Reduce Risk of High Blood Pressure

High blood pressure is one of the major causes of heart complication and as being dubbed the nickname “silent killer” since it shows no initial symptom. A study revealed that people above 40 years who practised had lower blood pressure than their counterparts.

 

Helps you focus

An important component of yoga is focusing on the present and the poses you are in or transitioning to. Studies have now found that regular practice improves; reaction time, coordination, memory, as well as increasing the ability to solve problems.

 

Enhances Better Sleep

Everybody needs a sound sleep, at least to be fully active the next day or when they wake up. Different studies have reported the effectiveness of yoga in enhancing quality sleep.

 

Gives you inner strength

A common word used in yoga called 'Tapas' or "heat'. The heat generated by certain yogic practices or a certain approach to practice. In the early scriptures, which still shape most yoga practised today, tapas refers to the burning off of impurities. Tapas you develop within your practice can be extended to the rest of your life to overcome inertia and change dysfunctional habits.

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The benefits of this practice are more than what most of us could explain in words. Each form of yoga helps improve the physical, mental and spiritual health.