Get a “flexible” timetable and add yoga to your regular exercise routine.
Ancient yogis believed we only had a limited number of breaths. So it’s time to slow down the pace.
– inhale – exhale – breathe –
Yoga is a 5,000-year-old system of mental and physical practices originating in India, which includes philosophy, meditation, breath work, lifestyle and behaviour principles, and physical exercise. It’s no wonder that it is still one of the most popular forms of exercise today, from men to women, old to young and everything in between, because it is all encompassing.
The many benefits of yoga relate not just to health but overall wellness, and what many believe is the secret to happiness.
We delved into the inspiring, and intricate world of yoga and discovered some unexpected benefits of those contorted compositions and gravity-defying poses.
Emotional Health Boost
Don’t sweat it
All exercise has been shown to help people feel better – especially the ones that increase the heart rate and get that sweat dripping – whether it’s full on depression or just a bad day that needs forgetting, yoga is no different, even though it’s calmer and more controlled, the practice leads you to a meditative state, clearing the mind.
Several studies have found that yoga may decrease symptoms of depression by influencing the production of stress hormones in the body.
It Fights the Flu
By influencing gene expression, yoga strengthens your immune system at the cellular level and opens up your airways, energizing and rejuvenating your body from the downward dog and up.
Encourages Healthy Eating
A ‘balanced’ diet
Research shows that people who regularly practice yoga eat more mindfully compared to other exercisers. It trains your brain to notice what’s happening to your body, helping you pay more attention to sensations of hunger and your body’s needs, food is seen as a fuel, in turn aids in choosing foods that will serve your body.
Helps you sleep
Na-maste… in bed
Yoga by day means better sleep by night – Why? because all those flexes and stretches that encompass the whole yoga routine encourages circulation which restores balance, it calms your body and, most importantly, your mind.
Helps you look and feel good
Work your ‘asana’ off
Yoga facilitates weight loss in several ways. Physical poses associated with weight loss encourage digestion and forward bends stimulate abdominal organs. The practice encourages healthy eating and routine which in turn inspires an overall healthier lifestyle.
It Protects Your Heart
Heart to heart
The body has many energy centres called chakras. One of the important ones is the heart chakra, or anahata chakra. The opening of the chest symbolizes opening the heart, growing in compassion and connection to others and thus decreasing isolation and depression. Deep breathing can help lower blood pressure. Mind-calming meditation quiets the nervous system and eases stress. All of these improvements may help prevent heart disease.
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