Tuesday, 24 January 2017

Top 5 Surprising Health Benefits of Yoga

Nowadays, Yoga has become to a real healthy lifestyle and has been practicing by people of all ages and fitness levels. For more than 5000 years, the ancient Indian yoga has developed to various forms and been adapted in many countries all over the world. Some of well-known types of yoga are: Hatha yoga, Vinyasa yoga, Ashtanga yoga, etc.

Yoga is the mixture of postures (asana), breathing (pranayama) and mediation (dhyana). By practicing yoga for at least 30 minutes per day, you can improve your health both in physical and mental ways. For physical health, yoga helps improve our body and leg strength, flexibility, and balance. For mental benefits, yoga help reduce stress, improve concentration and fine your inner peace.
Researches and studies are continuously discovering more unexpected health benefits of yoga, and here are 5 of them:

1. Insomnia remedy:

Insomnia is one of the most common sleep disorders happening to every single person nowadays. But luckily, some of patients have found a way to get over it by practicing yoga right before going to bed. Spending 15 minutes practicing gentle yoga poses such as Child’s Pose or Legs-Up-the-Wall Pose with long and deep breath will help improve circulation and relax your mind.

2. Back pain treatment:

By improving spinal flexibility, yoga can be an effective treatment for individuals who are suffering from chronic lower back pain. The Annals of Internal Medicine has published a study showing that after only a few months of practicing yoga daily, people living with chronic lower back pain experienced less pain and their back function became better. However, check with your doctor or professional yoga instructor before doing any poses that require deep back bending or put much pressure on your lower back.

3. Arthritis fighter:
Do you have arthritis? If yes, yoga can help you stay strong and flexible. Every time you practice yoga, your joints will be pushed to their full range of motion. Therefore, yoga help to fight against arthritis without putting added pressure on your joints. A recent study of eight people with rheumatoid arthritis has showed that a six-week yoga program with gentle movements could improve pain, pain disability, depression, and mental health.

4. Memory booster:

Stress is one of our brain’s worst enemies. Years after years, chronic stress will destroy brain cells and damage the hippocampus, which is essential for memory function and also in charge of the growing new neurons and the retrieval of old memories. Therefore, stress can lead to serious memory loss. Study shows that practicing yoga regularly will create mental clarity, slow down our mind, increase body awareness, improve concentration and relieve stress. When our mind is clear and refresh, it is easier for us to organize thoughts. Then, happy memories can stay longer.

5. Improving sex life

Studies have proved that a regular practice of yoga can improve sexual desire, confidence, performance, orgasm, and satisfaction for both women and men, thus bringing you an awesome sex life. Physically, many forms of yoga focus on the “moola bandha”, which is the perineum or pelvic floor muscles. With challenging poses such as downward dog, chatarunga, and plow pose, your core strength and balance can be improved. Mentally, the breathing and mind control during yoga practice can help to lower anxiety and stress which can lead to better performance.

About the Author:

My name is Ashley Bennet and I am a co-owner of AuthorityRemedies. I have worked and trained in the field of Nutrition and Health for over 3 years, consistently providing people with useful information about nutrition as well as helping them with their common health problems.

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