Benefits of yoga
Medical and scientific research is constantly proving that yoga practices benefit our health and wellbeing in many different ways. For whatever reason you start yoga, you will soon discover a multitude of rewards, because yoga is a holistic practice that enhances our physical, mental and emotional states. Yoga brings us into balance in so many ways!
Yoga is helpful for:
- Stress relief – the physical practice of asanas (yoga poses) releases tension held in the body’s muscles. This tension usually comes from stress that starts with thoughts in the mind. Pranayama (breathing practices), meditation and Yoga Nidra help to calm the mind and reduce the number of worrying thoughts you have.
- Mental health – insomnia, anxiety, depression and ADD/ADHD can all benefit from yoga.
- Behavioural issues in children – anger, moods and hyperactivity can all be balanced with yoga.
- Asthma – yoga encourages deep breathing that brings in more more oxygen. This helps asthmatics breathe deeper in their everyday life.
- Sciatica, tight hips/hamstrings – yoga helps to relieve and prevent these painful conditions.
- Back, shoulder and neck problems – yoga will help relieve pain and give you awareness of your postural habits so you can change them and prevent future issues!
- Women’s health – our hormones can get out of balance very easily due to stress and other lifestyle factors. Yoga helps to bring us back into balance and ease PMT and other hormonal issues.
- Diabetes, arthritis and more – many health conditions can be given some relief through yoga practice.
- Weight-loss – when you get stressed, the body’s stress response system kicks into action and creates the hormone cortisol. Cortisol stimulates appetite and converts any extra food you eat to fat. Even worse, it stores the fat around the abdomen! Yoga reduces your stress levels, and because you’re less stressed and feeling good about your body, you’ll likely start to make wiser, healthier food choices. Plus, some yoga practices, such as Salute the Sun, are more like cardio exercise, so you’ll burn some fat then as well!
- General wellbeing – feeling good at the end of a yoga class will help you to be more resilient.