Yoga is a challenge on both your body and mind. You will find some poses are easy, while others you couldn't imagine having the ability to do. But in each class, you will notice that you're getting better. Also, yoga focuses on breathing while you're challenging the body. With all the meditation and body work, it's hard to allow your mind to wonder and be stressed out. Here are some benefits of yoga.
Decrease Lower Back Pain
Yoga puts a focus on a strong core and many poses concentrate on the low back region. Working out and strengthening your back not only gets rid of lower back pain, but also improves your posture. A lack of flexibility and stiffness can usually cause injuries to the body.
Improves your posture
Bad posture can cause neck, back and other problems to your muscle and joints. When your body slumps, this can cause abnormal inward curves to your neck and your back. This can also cause pain and degenerative arthritis to the spine.
Improves Blood Flow
Yoga has been long proven to promote healthy blood flow throughout the body leading to healthy skin, positive cell growth, improved energy and brain performance. Also decreasing the risk of heart attacks, blood clots and strokes.
Builds muscle strength
Muscles can protect us from arthritis and lower back pain. Also helps prevent elderly people from falling, and build strength with balance and flexibility.
Yoga helps muscles and joints move in their full range, decreasing any surprising jolts to the body and can help prevent arthritis.
Improves bone health
Yoga is about leveraging your bodyweight and introduces you to poses that sculpt and strengthen your body. This helps strengthen the arm bones and increases bone density in the vertebrae. Yoga also helps keep calcium in the bones.
Improves your heart rate
Did you know that you can lower your risk of heart attack and relieve depression, by getting your heart rate up into aerobic range? Not all yoga is aerobic. However, improving your cardiovascular conditioning using yoga exercise increases your endurance, oxygen intake and can overall improve your aerobic range and condition.
Promotes healthy lifestyle
A yoga lifestyle of spiritual and emotional well-being may encourage you to eat healthy and manage your weight problems on a deeper level.
Lowers blood sugar levels
Yoga lowers blood sugar levels and boost good cholesterol levels. Studies show yoga has been found to lower sugar levels for people with diabetes. With lower blood sugars levels, you can decrease your risk of diabetic problems such as heart attack, kidney failure, blindness and more.
Helps you focus
Many individuals find traditional meditation to be a challenge, but get the same advantages of meditation through yoga. Studies have found that people who practice yoga had improved reaction time, memory, and higher IQ scores.
Improves Your Sleep
Yoga helps you be less tired doing the day by improving you're over all sleep pattern and relaxation time.
Improve Your Pain
Studies have shown asana and meditation, reduces arthritis pain, lower back pain and carpal tunnel pain. When you improve your pain, you're more active and happier.