10 BENEFITS OF YOGA

 

1. IMPROVEMENT OF FLEXIBILITY.

Improved flexibility is one of the first and most obvious benefits of yoga. During your first class, you probably won’t be able to touch your toes, never mind do a backbend. But if you stick with it, you’ll notice a gradual loosening, and eventually, seemingly impossible poses will become possible. You’ll also probably notice that aches and pains start to disappear. That’s no coincidence. Tight hips can strain the knee joint due to improper alignment of the thigh and shinbones. Tight hamstrings can lead to a flattening of the lumbar spine, which can cause back pain. And inflexibility in muscles and connective tissue, such as fascia and ligaments, can cause poor posture.

2.MUSCULAR STRENGTH  IMPROVEMENT.

Strong muscles do more than look good. They also protect us from conditions like arthritis and back pain, and help prevent falls in elderly people. And when you build strength through yoga, you balance it with flexibility. If you just went to the gym and lifted weights, you might build strength at the expense of flexibility.

3. YOUR POSTURE BECOMES PERFECT.

Your head is like a bowling ball—big, round, and heavy. When it’s balanced directly over an erect spine, it takes much less work for your neck and back muscles to support it. Move it several inches forward, however, and you start to strain those muscles. Hold up that forward-leaning bowling ball for eight or 12 hours a day and it’s no wonder you’re tired. And fatigue might not be your only problem. Poor posture can cause back, neck, and other muscle and joint problems. As you slump, your body may compensate by flattening the normal inward curves in your neck and lower back. This can cause pain and degenerative arthritis of the spine.

4. FOUNDS A HEALTHY LIFE STYLE.

Move more, eat less—that’s the adage of many a dieter. Yoga can help on both fronts. A regular practice gets you moving and burns calories, and the spiritual and emotional dimensions of your practice may encourage you to address any eating and weight problems on a deeper level. Yoga may also inspire you to become a more conscious eater.

5. LOWERS BLOOD SUGAR.

Yoga lowers blood sugar and LDL (“bad”) cholesterol and boosts HDL (“good”) cholesterol. In people with diabetes, yoga has been found to lower blood sugar in several ways: by lowering cortisol and adrenaline levels, encouraging weight loss, and improving sensitivity to the effects of insulin. Get your blood sugar levels down, and you decrease your risk of diabetic complications such as heart attack, kidney failure, and blindness.

6. HELPS YOU TO FOCUS.

An important component of yoga is focusing on the present. Studies have found that regular yoga practice improves coordination, reaction time, memory, and even IQ scores. People who practice Transcendental Meditation demonstrate the ability to solve problems and acquire and recall information better—probably because they’re less distracted by their thoughts, which can play over and over like an endless tape loop.

7. IT KEEPS STRESS LEVELS IN CHECK.

Yoga teachers have spoken out about the stress-relieving benefits of yoga, which they say is helping women to unwind during pregnancy.

“The number-one thing in taking care of yourself in pregnancy is having low stress, really about being more in touch with your body, and yoga teaches that to you.The focus on breathing, in particular, can help moms-to-be decompress.

When a woman practices when she is pregnant, it makes a space in her body that she needs … for the baby and for herself. Breathing helps her create that opening inside of herself. Breathing helps her to see that she does not have to react so quickly… Having that kind of space helps her to be patient and helps her realize there’s time for everything.

8. IT CAN KEEP MOM AND BABY HEALTHY.

Research has found that the health benefits of prenatal yoga are many, from a decreased risk of prenatal depression to improved sleep to decreased backpain and nausea, also found that prenatal yoga could help to prevent complications during pregnancy.

9. IT CAN HELP EXPECTING MOTHERS PREPARE FOR LABOR.

By facilitating deep breathing and building strength and stamina, a yoga practice an help prepare pregnant women for labor.

Labor is one of the most physical things you’ll ever do. You would not run a marathon without preparation Why would you go into labor without preparing for it?

10. IT CAN KEEP YOU IN SHAPE.

Prenatal yoga, unsurprisingly, has come into vogue with celebrity moms as a way to stay fit during pregnancy — and to make it easier to get back in shape.

The gentle exercises tailored specifically to the needs of pregnant women can be a good alternative to more high-intensity workouts that may not be advised for expecting mothers.

Like any other yoga class, regular sessions can help burn calories, as well as building strength and flexibility. Expecting mothers can choose classes of varying intensities, from vigorous to slower and more meditative, depending on their needs.

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