Benefits of Yoga

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Physical Benefits

  • Increases range of motion in the joints.
  • Increases muscle tone. (From the larger ones to some of the smaller, less-used muscles.)
  • Increases endurance. (This depends on the style, as some are more conducive to improving endurance, such as vinyasa, ashtanga, and other power styles.)
  • Helps develop motor skills for kids.
  • Improves balance.
  • Improves coordination.
  • Improves posture. (Increases in strength, especially core strength, flexibility, and bodily awareness can lead to improvements in posture. Moreover, each pose give specific attention and focus to proper alignment.)
  • Improves respiration. (Increased lung capacity due to yoga’s emphasis on deeper and fuller breathing.)
  • Improves circulation of blood.
  • Improves stress-management (or less stress). (Yoga’s emphasis on deepening and lengthening the breath helps to initiate the body’s relaxation response.)
  • Lowers levels of adrenaline, cortisol, and catechol amines (all responses to   stress.)
  • Increases energy and vitality.
  • Lowers blood pressure.
  • Lowers pulse rate.
  • Lowers cholesterol.
  • Eases the symptoms of asthma.
  • Facilitates weight loss. (Primarily through better lifestyle choices.)
  • Strengthens the immune system.
  • Improves oxygen delivery to cells.
  • Helps to prevent loss of bone density (osteoporosis).
  • Reduces or even eliminates pain, both acute and chronic. (Including those associated with arthritis and fibromyalgia.)
  • Improves sleep and decreases symptoms and occurrence of insomnia.
  • Improve conditions of irregular heart rhythm.
  • Helps to maintain a balanced metabolism.
  • Protects against future injury.
  • Aids the recovery of stroke victims.
  • Massages the internal organs.
  • Improves lymphatic functioning.
  • Helps prevent hardening of the arteries.
  • Aids and improves digestion and elimination processes.
  • Helps to detoxify the body.
  • Increases the Galvanic skin response.
  • Improves depth perception.
  • Improves endocrine functioning (normalization).
  • Reduces sodium levels.
  • Increases level of red blood cells.
  • Increases core stability.
  • Improves agility.
  • Improves reaction time.
  • Decreases inflammatory markers.
  • Decrease in cellular aging.
  • Reduces blood glucose levels. (Especially helpful for diabetics.)
  • Aids in sensory integration (especially helpful for both kids and adults with Autism).
  • Improves lipid profile.
  • Improves symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome. (Improved grip and reduction of pain.)
  • Decreases occurrence of tension headaches and migraines.
  • Relieves some symptoms and discomfort associated with menstruation and menopause.
  • Promotes nasal breathing. (Filters, warms, and humidifies the air).
  • Aids in common pregnancy discomforts such as bloating and backaches.
  • Often helps make labour shorter and easier.
  • Helps manage the symptoms of multiple sclerosis.
  • Improves spinal curvature. (Can even help straighten curvature associated with scoliosis.)
  • Elevates brain gamma-amino butyric acid (GABA) levels. (Lows levels are associated with Alzheimer’s disease.)
  • Improves sexual functioning.
  • Calms the nervous system.
  • Nourishes intervertebral discs.

Mental and Emotional Benefits

  • Increases experience of relaxation.
  • Provides a deeper appreciation for the present moment, or mindfulness.
  • Allows for greater mind control, or control over the thoughts.
  • Increases mental clarity.
  • Improves concentration and focus.
  • Improves self-discipline.
  • Expands imagination and creativity (especially in children).
  • Elevates mood and feelings of contentment.
  • Increases self-awareness.
  • Increases self-confidence.
  • Increases optimism.
  • Provides much-needed “me-time.” (Especially important for parents)
  • Increases mental strength, or willpower.
  • Improves symptoms of certain neuropsychiatric disorders. (Including schizophrenia and ADHD.)
  • Reduces symptoms of anxiety and depression.
  • Improves learning efficiency.
  • Improvements in Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD).
  • Reduces symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
  • Fosters a healthier body-image.
  • Improves emotional control. (Especially over feelings such as anger or hostility.)
  • Improves self-control. (Contributes to better choices and habits.)
  • Increases experience of positive emotions. (Joy, peace.)
  • Decreases experience of negative emotions. (Fear, frustration, worries.)
  • Improves the mind-body connection. (Comes from synchronizing breathing with movement. Retrains the mind to find a place a peace and calm.)
  • Improves relationships with others.
  • May decrease feelings of loneliness (especially in elderly practitioners).
  • Increases sense of emotional healing and well-being.
  • Increases ability to handle disappointment and adversity.
  • Increases open-mindedness.
  • Improves intuitive abilities.
  • Increases sense of community. (When practiced in a group setting.)

Spiritual Benefits

  • Encourages self-knowledge.
  • Stimulates the energy centres of the body.
  • Increases ability to manifest positive experiences in daily life.
  • Discovery or connection with one’s sense of purpose or meaning in life.
  • Creates a sense of being more in-tune with one’s inner consciousness.
  • Leads to a greater sense of connectedness to others and the world.
  • Develops a sense of connection to something greater than ourselves. (Nature, the universe, one’s God or gods, or some other expression of the divine.)
  • Fosters a greater sense of appreciation of each experience for what it is.
  • Fosters a deeper sense of gratitude in general.
  •  Leads to a sense of fulfilment

3 Comments on “Benefits of Yoga”

  1. Very informative
    My ask is for u to elaborate on each of the pointers Anu
    You will be able to tell us the details, eg anti aging asana etc

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