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Health Benefits Of Yoga Supported By Science

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Yoga is the journey of the self, through the self, to the self.

– The Bhagavad Gita.

 

Isn’t it appealing to watch people perform yoga? If the sight is so appealing, imagine what yoga would bring in your life once you embrace it.

Bringing together mind and body, Yoga is an ancient practice that people all over the world follow to lead a healthy life. The word 'yoga' is derived from a Sanskrit word ‘Yuji’ that means union or yoke. In recent times, yoga has gained popularity because of the numerous emotional, mental, and physical health benefits associated with the art. Few days into yoga and you will start experiencing benefits like better sleep, relaxed mind, and fewer instances of cold.

Yoga incorporates meditation, breathing exercises, and poses that encourage relaxation. Science has proven that yoga has a transformative effect on the body. So, this International Yoga Day, we are throwing light on the health benefits of yoga supported by science.

Improves Cardiovascular Health

Performing yoga relaxes blood vessels, reduces blood pressure, and hence increases blood flow to the heart muscle. When relaxation sets in, heart health significantly improves, and cardiovascular diseases like blockage in the coronary arteries are kept at bay. Big-Toe Pose or padangusthasana is one of the best yoga poses for heart’s health.

Make this yoga pose as part of your life and you can grab that extra pizza slice and cheeseburger, guilt-free! Yes, yoga makes it possible.

Helps Reduce Lower Back Pain

National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health in one of their studies found out that yoga plays an instrumental role in relieving chronic back pain. Those with a constant achy back should give yoga a go for permanent relief. Adho Mukha Svanasana or Downward Dog pose targets back extensors and help in easing out the pain.

Now taking your kids to the park and participating in all activities will no more be a pain. Yoga’s got your back!

Controls Diabetes

Science proves that yoga increases the digestive fire called Agni. Blood sugar levels of the body are high when the body cannot digest sugar. Yoga postures stimulate, cleanse, aid, and encourage good digestive function. With improved digestion, blood glucose level will significantly go down. Wind relieving posture or Pavanamuktasana is a great yoga pose for those who struggles with sluggish digestion.

We can see you walking to that slice of cake tucked in the corner of your refrigerator! Enjoy!

Improves Quality Of Life

Through its focus on relaxation and controlled breathing, yoga promotes focus and keeps the mind calmer. Develop self-confidence, better health, inner peace, and stress-free life by making yoga a part of your lifestyle. You might not know this, but performing a few yoga poses daily will make you happy and healthy. Chanting ‘Om’ mantra in Padmasana is one of the best yoga poses that help in calming the mind.

Who doesn’t mind living a healthy and long life? So, keep calm and chant ‘Om’

Reduces Depression, Insomnia, Stress & Anxiety

A research study from Harvard concludes that depression, insomnia, stress, and anxiety can be easily tackled through yoga. Wide-Legged Standing Forward Bend or Prasarita Padottanasana and plow pose or Halasana are two of the best yoga poses to beat stress and let you stay active.

It’s time to say good-bye to stress and hello to peace!

Go the Yoga Way!

Yoga allows the body to relax and thus prevents unhealthy behavior that can cause stress and diseases. This International yoga day take a deep breath and embrace a stress-free healthy life. Keep practicing yoga, and in a few weeks, you will see that your body has started to feel better and healthier.

 

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