Health Benefits of Yoga - Mind and Body

By: matth02
If you practice yoga, then you know that it allows the mind to work together with the body to promote healing and well-being. Yoga can do wonders for a body that is in good or bad shape.

These claims aren't unfounded, medical studies have shown yoga does indeed produce health benefits. After a yoga class, many will affirm the fact that they feel more energized, happier and more peaceful. How exactly does yoga produce these feelings and how can the body heal itself?

Yoga makes you more aware of your body, its movements and its alignment. It allows you to know and understand yourself better. Back pain is one of the most common reasons people seek medical attention. In India, where yoga originated, back pain is practically nonexistent. Yoga can cure and prevent back pain by enhancing strength and flexibility. It can also help people with arthritis by providing relief to aching joints and providing joint lubricants. In addition, it relieves tension in muscles.

Yoga can have physiological and psychological benefits. It has been shown to improve the lives of asthma sufferers by preventing attacks without the use of medicines. It can help respiratory problems by teaching people how to control their breathing. It can lower blood pressure, improve lung efficiency and lower heart rates. Other conditions, which can be improved through the use of yoga, include chronic fatigue, varicose veins, diabetes and digestive disorders.

The aging process can also be slowed through the use of yoga. Aging is the result of autointoxication. Keeping the body clean, flexible and well lubricated reduces this cell deterioration. Weight reduction is another area where yoga can help. Yoga stimulates sluggish glands. Positions focusing on the thyroid gland can have a positive effect on body metabolism.

The medical community is not refuting all of these benefits and is currently funding clinical trials for treating insomnia and multiple sclerosis with yoga. In addition, they are currently conducting studies of yoga effects on other conditions.

There are also many psychological benefits produced by yoga also. It has been known to help with obsessive-compulsive disorders. It reduces stress, anxiety, depression and tension. It increases a feeling of well-being. Most people will experience a positive outlook on life and feel invigorated. They will have higher energy levels and will have a better knowledge of themselves and be more self-aware. Improved memory, attention and concentration, as well as, social skills and self-acceptance are also benefits of this exercise.

Biochemical benefits are lower sugar levels, lower cholesterol levels, lower sodium levels, hemoglobin increases and vitamin C level increases.

Yoga is an easy fitness program, which anyone can practice and from which everyone can benefit. It promotes good health and eases stress and tension. It stimulates and relaxes. It enhances concentration and provides us with flexibility and strength. It addresses our physical, mental and emotional needs. It addresses our whole person and provides us with many health benefits. Yoga can prevent the need for medicine or work in conjunction with a medical regimen.
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