We’re big proponents of Yoga here at Zuberant Life, well aware of all the benefits it provides to endurance sports athletes as well as practically anybody else. Our friend and Yoga expert Lindsay Nova has put together a short article on the health benefits yoga provides. Perhaps there are a few aspects you hadn’t previously considered.
Did you know that yoga does more than just make you limber? If you are looking for a natural way to improve your health and fitness, yoga may be what your body needs! Stress creates disease in the body and mind. Yoga can reduce the levels of the stress hormone, cortisol, as well as provide many other health benefits.
In today’s busy world, getting a good night’s sleep is not something to toss and turn about! Yoga can help to improve the quality of your sleep and even reduce insomnia. Our sleep is regulated by our parasympathetic nervous system, which helps to calm the body and mind. Practicing yoga and meditation will increase your body’s parasympathetic nervous system activity to induce better sleep.
Boost Your Immune System
Having a strong immune system is important to stay healthy, and ward off any unwanted viruses or bacteria. Yoga utilizes deep breathing, which helps to clear any unwanted pathogens out of the lungs and nasal passages while increasing your lung capacity. Additionally, yoga is known to decrease your stress hormones through its effect on the endocrine system. Not to mention, the lymphatic system is also stimulated through sweating, which helps to detoxify the body. Also, the physical practice of yoga is designed to stoke our inner fire- called “agni”- and this refers to our digestive system. When our gut is happy, the rest of the body will be, too.
Decrease Back Pain
Yoga is also a great remedy to alleviate back pain. Many of the poses in yoga are designed to gently stretch your low back and strengthen your core, too. Having strong abdominals is important, because it helps to take pressure off of your spine. Additionally, postures that emphasize actions such as back extension will help to strengthen your back muscles, too. In this way, yoga will help to balance your body through strength and flexibility.
Relieve Mental Stress
We have all at some point in our lives had to deal with intense or challenging situations. Maybe you were in a bad mood, or perhaps you deal with a deeper issue such as anxiety or depression. The practice of yoga can help to improve your mood, stay calm during challenging times, and ease symptoms of depression or anxiety. Research conducted has shown that people who practice yoga consistently over time have elevated levels of GABA in their brains. Low levels of the brain chemical are associated with depression and anxiety.
Various yoga postures, coupled with deep breathing, are designed to stimulate the digestive organs. This will aid digestion of food, elimination of waste, and decrease stomach issues such as IBS or excess gas. Yoga does this by increasing the flow of blood and oxygen through the vital stomach organs that perform all of these functions. The actions of twisting or strengthening the abdominals also tone these inner organs, increasing vitality and overall health. Additionally, the mindfulness cultivated during a yoga practice will help you make better food choices in your everyday life!
Get Healthy Today
Yoga is a natural, drug-free way to see improvements in your health and overall quality of life. No fancy treatments are needed- just some dedication and effort is all that is required. If you want to sleep better, get sick less often, relieve back pain, reduce stress, and improve your digestion, try yoga and see how it can help you live a more healthy life.