We all know that yoga adds countless benefits for both the mind and body. There’s the obvious relaxing and lengthening avails, not to mention the perks of achieving the requisite “yoga butt”. However, there are many other health benefits to getting your “om” on than the yoga novice may know. Below we’ve included our top five:
1. Improves Digestion
2. Remedy For Stress and Anxiety
I’m sure you’ve heard it a thousand times from your workout guru best friend, but she’s right: a good workout can really improve your mood. This is especially true for yoga. A study published by Harvard Medical School, brings scientific fact to this belief. The study says that yoga’s use of meditative elements and breath control can balance stress response systems, allowing you to acquire better control over your mood and cortisol (the stress releasing hormone).
3. Fights food cravings
Another surprising (and awesome) thing about yoga is that studies have shown it can help you to fight food cravings. Unlike other workouts, a steady yoga regimen strengthens the mind’s relationship to the body, which can lead to heightened breath awareness as well as more mindful eating.
4. Makes You Stronger
Next time you are trying to convince your boyfriend to come to a yoga class with you, try using this fact as a compelling reason. Yoga makes you stronger. There are two main ways it achieves this: increasing both physical strength and flexibility. The physical strength you gain through yoga stems from using the weight of your body instead of physical weights. In particular, standing poses (such as the warrior I, II, and III) strengthen your core and target infrequently used muscles. In addition, these postures increase flexibility, which ultimately boosts your over strength by giving you control over the relaxation and contraction of various muscles and tendons.
5. Used to Treat Insomnia
If you’ve ever spent a few seconds in Shavasana (known by many as corpse pose) you won’t be shocked to hear that yoga can stimulate a feeling of peaceful rest. But studies have shown that yoga can have long lasting restful effects on even the most chronic of insomniacs including cancer survivors and women going through menopause. This is especially true for all of us urban dwellers- of all ages, genders, shapes and sizes- feeling the universal epidemic of burnout as we relentlessly pursue “traditional measures of success”- money and power and in the process, lose the ability to easily fall into a deep sleep.
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