Do you need to slow down? Feeling stressed or anxious? Perhaps you should enroll in a yoga class. The benefits of yoga on the human body have become widely acknowledged by even mainstream medical practitioners. Medical research is showing that yoga can have many beneficial effects for everyone. Those who will benefit the most are those who lead stressful lives and those with chronic health conditions. Read on to see what yoga can do for you.
Yoga involves performing controlled breathing exercises while maintaining particular poses, or postures. The total concentration on the breathing exercises allows the mind to be cleared of all stressful thoughts, allowing for better stress management and relaxation. The ultimate goal in yoga is for the body and mind to achieve total harmony with one another. While traditional yoga teaches that pupils should follow a strict regime through diet, meditation and behaviour, even participating in the yoga classes alone will provide health benefits.
Benefits of yoga include:
* Decreased stress levels and reduced anxiety.
* Weight loss. Reducing stress levels and improving your state of mind seems to make it easier to embrace a new mindset, making it easier to lose weight.
* Improved flexibility. With at least 30 poses to be mastered over a lifetime of yoga classes, your body will become much more supple over time.
* Better balance and co-ordination. It has been shown that seniors who participate in a weekly session of yoga have much better balance and less incidence of falls.
* Improved insomnia. The peace of mind brought about by yoga can be far more effective than a sleeping pill for dealing with sleep problems.
* Reduced headaches. Sufferers of chronic headaches and migraines often report far less headaches after starting yoga.
* Anger management. Concentrating on poses and breathing can be a very effective management tool for unresolved anger.
* Improvement of chronic health problems. Sufferers of many conditions including depression, lower back pain, some forms of arthritis, carpal tunnel syndrome, and memory problems all respond extremely well to yoga.
* Lowering high blood pressure. Many sufferers of high blood pressure benefit from a combination of yoga, along with medication, and diet and lifestyle changes. Doctors do not suggest that yoga alone is a treatment for high blood pressure.
Yoga classes are available everywhere, from exclusive health clubs to local community classes. There are many forms of yoga, and classes can range from beginners through to advanced. Yoga can be enjoyed by people of all ages.
Gaining control of your mind and your breathing can offer powerful health benefits. The resulting reduction in stress, anxiety, depression, and anger, allows your body to have improved inner peace and harmony. Combining yoga with sensible diet and lifestyle changes can significantly improve both body and mind. Where’s my yoga mat?
For more information on yoga the Mayo Clinic has an article you may find helpful. http://mayoclinic.com/health/yoga/CM00004#