Yoga is an ancient exercise form, which possesses tremendous health benefits involving both the mind and body. Although the awareness and knowledge about Yoga has started to spread globally recently, it has been taught and practiced by number of people since around 5000 years.
In this article, I have tried to mention the top 5 benefits of yoga which can transform your life completely, in the light of recent scientific studies.
#1: Improves flexibility, body posture, and tone and strengthen the muscles
According to a 2011 study, if you want to turn your stiff body supple, strong, and flexible then you must add few yoga moves in your daily life. There are various forms of yoga exercise and adopting the adequate yoga postures according to your body needs can help you stretch and strengthen the particular muscles making them strong and toned. Also, poor body posture can make you look less appealing and can also lead to several health problems such as, back pain. Yoga ensures that you develop an accurate body posture within a few days of practicing. Moreover, papers published in 2011 and 2014 confirm that Yoga increases pain tolerance acting as natural muscle massager and aids in eliminating pain from the body completely.
#2: Improves focus, concentration, and overall mental health
Yoga can help one boost their concentration and focus by improving their reaction time, memory, coordination and even IQ scores. Also, yoga helps in relieving stress and anxiety which makes one more focused and attentive towards work and other daily activities. A 2012 study reveals, while suggesting yoga exercises for reducing stress at workplace that people with calm and peaceful mind are reported to have higher productivity and they are also more optimistic towards life.
#3: Improves blood circulation and respiration
According to a 2004 study, staying in yoga postures for a longer period helps enhance blood circulation towards all extremities of the body. Additionally, controlled breathing exercises helps to take in oxygen more efficiently by lowering down the respiratory rate. Improved circulation and respiration makes the face glow, hair shine, and leads to overall well-being of the body.
#4: Reduces excess weight and tone the body
Yoga for weight loss is an amazing way to get rid of the extra pounds by engaging right muscles and stimulating required hormones as mentioned in a 2012 study. Yoga lowers bad cholesterol, LDL and boosts good cholesterol, HDL. Also, Yoga lowers down the production of cortisol and adrenaline levels, and improves insulin sensitivity which prevents one from getting obese or developing diabetes. Also, if you would like to tuck in the belly and improve your body posture, then you must add at least a 10 minutes stint of yoga into your daily routine.
#5: Fights several disorders and diseases
Not only does Yoga save one from developing diseases, it also helps to reduce them. According to the study conducted in 2009, asthma patients were reported to have their condition improved after the eight-week yoga session. Moreover, Yoga helps people with insomnia to have better sleep and also aids people with arthritis as mentioned in a 2010 study and multiple sclerosis as mentioned in a 2004 research, by improving fatigue and eliminating pain.