I keep telling myself to incorporate yoga into my life because there are so many health benefits. So, I thought I’d share with you 15 benefits of yoga – just in case you needed some persuasion to try yoga out yourself. And also, to provide more reasons for myself to get bendy.
So, are you ready?
15 benefits of yoga
1. Improves flexibility
Increased flexibility is a well-known benefit of yoga. By stretching and moving in new ways you’ll bring a change of motion to tight areas . Through consistent practice, you’ll notice a gradual loosening and improved flexibility.
2. Builds strength
While yoga increases flexibility, it also increases your strength. Holding particular poses for several breaths will help build muscular strength . Studies have shown that consistent practice will increase your strength and endurance .
3. Improves balance
4. Improves posture
As yoga improves your flexibility and strength, your posture will also improve. It will also make you more aware when you’re slumping.
5. Increases self-confidence
Yoga helps to improve your body-mind connection; which gives you a better awareness of your body . You learn more about yourself and your limitations. Over time you’ll learn to accept your body which will lead to increased self-confidence.
6. Reduces stress
7. Supports joint health
The low-impact movements of yoga help take your joints through their range of motion. This can help prevent degenerative arthritis. Yoga also strengthens the muscles around your joints, which lessens their load. A study has found that those with arthritis saw an improvement in their pain when practising yoga regularly .
8. Relieves anxiety
9. Improves quality of life
In combination with the other benefits of yoga, it improves the quality of life. It can increase energy, reduce pain, make you happier, increase mindfulness, encourages self-care, and more.
10. May fight depression
Studies have shown that yoga can help decrease symptoms of depression . One study found that the brain’s gamma-aminobutyric (GABA) levels are after practising yoga. Higher GABA levels are associated with reduced levels of depression and anxiety .
11. Improves breathing
Pranayama (yogic breathing) helps us focus our attention on breathing – by controlling our breath and breathing deeper . Improving our breathing can help us build endurance and optimise performance.
12. Improves sleep quality
13. Helps you focus
Yoga helps focus on being present and concentrate on your breathing which then helps you mentally relax. As a result, you’ll more likely retain more information, and our cognitive function will improve. Some studies have found that yoga improves reaction time, memory and coordination.
14. Improves heart health
15. Boosts your immunity
And finally, yoga can help boost your immune system. Yoga can help your lymphs which helps the lymphatic system fight infections. We already know that yoga can reduce stress, but by doing so it also boosts your immune function. Incorporating meditation into your practice will also benefit your immune system.
So, there you have it, 15 benefits of yoga!
Looks like I’ll be working on creating a habit out of yoga! What about you?
If you liked this post be sure to check out more from Body, Mind & Soul! This post is also part of Mindfulness In May where the blog posts published throughout May have an underlying theme of Mindfulness.
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