Studio lolo Benefits of Yoga

Developed in India thousands of years ago, yoga has become an increasingly popular form of exercise in the Unites States. Yoga is a healing system of theory and practice. The purpose of yoga is to create strength, awareness and harmony in both the mind and the body. Just about everyone can do it. It’s not just for people who can touch their toes or want to meditate

Yogis have been touting and sharing the benefits of a consistent yoga practice for thousands of years, and finally, scientific studies are now confirming much of what yoga practitioners have known all along. Yoga provides a wide ranges of benefits from purely physical, mental or emotional, to deeply spiritual. It’s important to note that many of these benefits have been researched and confirmed through scientific study, while others are purely anecdotal, and have only been confirmed by those who constantly practice and experience the benefits of yoga. The following outlines the numerous benefits of regular yoga practice.

Physical Benefits

• Increases body awareness.
• Stretches and lengthens the muscles.
• Stretches the soft tissues of the body. (Tendons, ligaments, and the fascia sheath that surrounds the muscles.)
• Releases lactic acid build up. (Lactic acid can cause muscle soreness, stiffness, pain, and fatigue.)
• Increases range of motion in the joints.
• Increases muscle tone. (From the larger ones to some of the smaller, less-used muscles.)
• Increases endurance.
• Improves balance.
• Improves coordination.
• Improves posture. (Increases strength, especially core strength, flexibility, and bodily awareness can lead to improvements in posture. Moreover, each pose give specific attention and focus to proper alignment.)
• Improves respiration. (Increased lung capacity due to yoga’s emphasis on deeper and fuller breathing.)
• Improves circulation of blood.
• Improves stress-management (or less stress). (Yoga’s emphasis on deepening and lengthening the breath helps to initiate the body’s relaxation response.)
• Lowers levels of adrenaline, cortisol, and catecholamines (all responses to stress.)
• Increases energy and vitality.
• Lowers blood pressure.
• Lowers pulse rate.
• Lowers cholesterol.
• Eases the symptoms of asthma.
• Facilitates weight loss. (Primarily through better lifestyle choices.)
• Strengthens the immune system.
• Improves oxygen delivery to cells.
• Helps to prevent loss of bone density (osteoporosis).
• Reduces or even eliminates pain, both acute and chronic. (Including those associated with arthritis and fibromyalgia.)
• Improves sleep and decreases symptoms and occurrence of insomnia.
• Improve conditions of irregular heart rhythm.
• Helps to maintain a balanced metabolism.
• Protects against future injury.
• Aids the recovery of stroke victims.
• Massages the internal organs.
• Improves lymphatic functioning.
• Helps prevent hardening of the arteries.
• Aids and improves digestion and elimination processes.
• Helps to detoxify the body.
• Improves depth perception.
• Improves endocrine functioning (normalization).
• Reduces sodium levels.
• Increases level of red blood cells.
• Increases core stability.
• Improves agility.
• Improves reaction time.
• Decreases inflammatory markers.
• Decrease in cellular aging.
• Reduces blood glucose levels. (Especially helpful for diabetics.)
• Improves lipid profile.
• Improves symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome. (Improved grip and reduction of pain.)
• Decreases occurrence of tension headaches and migraines.
• Relieves some symptoms and discomfort associated with menstruation and menopause.
• Promotes nasal breathing. (Filters, warms, and humidifies the air).
• Improves spinal curvature. (Can even help straighten curvature associated with scoliosis.)
• Elevates brain gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) levels. (Lows levels are associated with Alzheimer’s disease.)
• Calms the nervous system.
• Nourishes intervertebral discs.

Psychological Benefits

• Increases experience of relaxation.
• Provides a deeper appreciation for the present moment, or mindfulness.
• Allows for greater mind control, or control over the thoughts.
• Increases mental clarity.
• Improves concentration and focus.
• Improves self-discipline.
• Expands imagination and creativity (especially in children).
• Elevates mood and feelings of contentment.
• Increases self-awareness.
• Increases self-confidence.
• Increases optimism.
• Provides much-needed “me-time.” (Especially important for parents)
• Increases mental strength, or willpower.
• Reduces symptoms of anxiety and depression.
• Improves learning efficiency.
• Fosters a healthier body-image.
• Improves emotional control. (Especially over feelings such as anger or hostility.)
• Improves self-control. (Contributes to better choices and habits.)
• Increases experience of positive emotions. (Joy, peace.)
• Decreases experience of negative emotions. (Fear, frustration, worries.)
• Improves the mind-body connection. (Comes from synchronizing breathing with movement. Retrains the mind to find a place a of peace and calm.)
• Improves relationships with others.
• May decrease feelings of loneliness (especially in elderly practitioners).
• Increases sense of emotional healing and well-being.
• Increases ability to handle disappointment and adversity.
• Increases open-mindedness.
• Improves intuitive abilities.
• Increases sense of community. (When practiced in a group setting.)

Spiritual Benefits

• Encourages self-knowledge.
• Stimulates the energy centers of the body.
• Increases ability to manifest positive experiences in daily life.
• Discovery or connection with one’s sense of purpose or meaning in life.

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