Thursday, March 11, 2010

Yoga Benefits

Yoga is a science that has been practiced for thousands of years. It is consists of Ancient Theories, observations and principles about the mind and body connection which is now being proven by modern medicine. Studies show that regular yoga regimen involving a variety of Yoga Postures (Asanas), Yoga Breathing (Pranayama), and Meditation can offer relief for patients suffering from asthma, chronic back pain, arthritis and obsessive compulsive disorder, among other problems.

The most important benefit of yoga is physical and mental therapy. According to medical scientists, yoga therapy is successful because of the balance created in the nervous and endocrine systems which directly influences all the other systems and organs of the body. Yoga acts both as a curative and precautionary therapy. The regular practice yoga helps in getting mental peace, improved concentration powers, a relaxed state of living.

Benefits of Yoga:

  • It  increase Muscle  flexibility and joint range of motion increase
  • Breath-holding time increases
  • Eye-hand coordination improves
  • It improves the dexterity skills
  • Posture improves
  • Strength and resiliency increase
  • Yoga increases Endurance and energy levels
  • Yoga regularizes the weight of our body
  • Yoga decreases insomnia and increases Immunity
  • Yoga improves blood circulation in our body and it provides healthier organs, skin, and brain.
  • Daily Yoga practice decreases blood pressure through better circulation and oxygenation of the body.
  • Galvanic Skin Response (GSR) increases
  • EEG - alpha waves increase (theta, delta, and beta waves also increase during various stages of meditation)
  • EMG activity decreases
  • Cardiovascular efficiency increases
  • Respiratory efficiency increases
  • Gastrointestinal function normalizes
  • It normalizes the endocrine function
  • Yoga reduces spinal density and helps overall body alignment to reduce back pain.
  • Integrated functioning of body parts improves
  • Yoga has been used for disorders such as addictions, Asthma, Backache, Bronchitis, Cancer, Cold, Constipation, Depression, Emphysema, Eye strain, Flatulence, Headache, Heart Disorders,            Hypertension (High Blood Pressure), Indigestion, Insomnia, Menstrual disorders, Migraines, Neurasthenia, Obesity, Premenstrual Tension, Prostate troubles, Rheumatism, Sciatica, Sexual debility etc.

Mental Benefits of Yoga

  • Yoga has a positive effect on learning efficiency and a better memory.
  • Through yoga self-acceptance and self-actualization increases
  • Social adjustment increases
  • Anxiety and Depression decreases
  • Regular practice of Yoga can result in better concentration and more motivation.
  • Well-being increases with yoga practice. The combination of creating a strong mind-body connection, creating a healthy body, and focusing inward can all lead to improvement in your mood.
  • Yoga reduces anxiety and depression
  • Somatic and kinesthetic awareness increase
  • Depth perception improves
  • Through Yoga meditation techniques calmness increases

Biochemical Benefits of Yoga

  • Yoga reduces the Glucose levels in the body
  • It reduces sodium levels in your body
  • Yoga promotes a strong lymphatic system and reduces toxins in your body
  • Yoga reduces cholesterol through increased blood circulation and burning extra fat. It is a great tool to fight against harmful cholesterol levels.
  • Triglycerides decrease
  • Yoga helps to regulate and control hormone secretion. An improved endocrine system keeps hormones in balance and promotes better health for you.
  • Cholinesterase increases
  • Catecholamine decrease
  • Hemoglobin increases
  • Lymphocyte count increases
  • Yoga increases the level of red blood cells in the body. Red blood cells are responsible for carrying oxygen through the blood. It decreases white blood cell count
  • Thyroxin increases
  • Vitamin C increases
  • Total serum protein increases. Yoga routine increases the vitamin C in your body. Vitamin C helps boost immunity, helps produce collagen, and is a powerful antioxidant.

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