Benefits of Yoga

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If you’re a passionate yoga practitioner, you’ve probably noticed some yoga benefits—maybe you’re sleeping better or getting fewer colds or just feeling more relaxed and at ease. But if you’ve ever tried telling a newbie about the benefits of yoga, you might find that explanations like “It increases the flow of prana” or “It brings energy up your spine” fall on deaf or skeptical ears.

The benefits of yoga provide both instant gratification and lasting transformation. In the fitness world, both are extremely important. Too much time with too few results can be incredibly discouraging, and monotonous routines week after week can lead to stagnation. Yoga can change your physical and mental capacity quickly, while preparing the mind and body for long-term health.

27 Amazing Benefits of Yoga

  1. Better Flexibility
  2. Better Posture
  3. Better Balance
  4. More Strength
  5. Tones the Body
  6. Better Sleep
  7. More Energy
  8. Better Sex
  9. Lower Blood Pressure
  10. Better Circulation
  11. Lower Cholesterol
  12. Lower Risk of Heart Disease
  13. Less Pain
  14. Boost Your Metabolism
  15. Weight Loss
  16. Better Immunity
  17. Better Respiration
  18. Less Stress and Anxiety
  19. Better Memory
  20. Lower Blood Sugar Levels
  21. Lowers Sodium Levels
  22. Improves Digestion
  23. Moves Lymph Fluid
  24. Helps Prevent Osteoporosis
  25. Alleviates Symptoms from Many Conditions
  26. Improves Your Outlook on Life
  27. Provides an Inner Calmness (Eventually)


Cardiovascular Benefits

Several small studies have found yoga to have a positive effect on cardiovascular risk factors: It helped lower blood pressure in people who have hypertension. It’s likely that the yoga restores “baroreceptor sensitivity.” This helps the body senses imbalances in blood pressure and maintain balance.

Another study found that practicing yoga improved lipid profiles in healthy patients as well as patients with known coronary artery disease. It also lowered excessive blood sugar levels in people with non-insulin dependent diabetes and reduced their need for medications. Yoga is now being included in many cardiac rehabilitation programs due to its cardiovascular and stress-relieving benefits.

Before you start a new exercise program, be sure to check with your doctor.

Researchers are also studying if yoga can help people with depression and arthritis, and improve survival from cancer.