Yoga is an ancient practice that has many benefits, include physical, mental, and spiritual.
Yoga is an ancient physical, mental, and spiritual practices or disciplines than help one find a state of permanent peace of mind. Yoga originated in Ancient India and date back to before 500 BCE. The practice has carried on so many years and is more popular than ever today. While, the practice was originally popular only in India and was dwindling down over the years, today it has faced a resurgence as many people are recognizing the benefits to yoga. Today, the practice is popular both in India, as well as abroad.
While, it may be impossible to determine all the benefits of yoga, here are some general benefits that are regularly attributed to it.
- All-Round Fitness. Yoga is a set of physical, mental, and spiritual practices. If works out the body in all aspect and leads to a well rounded health.
- Weight Loss. Yoga can be used to lose weight. There are a certain set of poses that are particularly helpful in loosing weight.
- Stress Relief. Yoga can help one attain mental peace. This reduces daily stress and helps make life just a little bit easier.
- Inner Peace. Yoga helps one find spirituality; and as yoga directly incorporates meditation, it helps one find inner peace and serenity.
- Improved Immunity. As yoga leads to all-round fitness, it helps one boost immunity and fight off infections. A recent Norwegian study found that yoga practice results in changes in gene expression that boost immunity at a cellular level.
- Increased Energy. Yoga helps one feel energized to face the daily grind of work.
- Better Flexibility and Posture. As yoga works the entire body, it improves the flexibility and posture of the body, leading to better mobility later in age.
- Boost Sexual Performance. Yoga can improve sex life. As it help physically, mentally, and spiritually, it allows two people to connect better and lead to a better sexual experience. Studies have found that 12 weeks of yoga can improve sexual desire, arousal, performance, confidence, orgasm and satisfaction for both men and women.
- Easier Migraines. Yoga relieves stress and other factors that lead to migraines. Research shows that migraine sufferers have fewer and less painful migraines after three months of yoga practice.
- Better Sleep. Yoga relives stress and daily mental stressors, allowing one to be better relaxed and to sleep more peacefully. Researchers from Harvard found that eight weeks of daily yoga significantly improved sleep quality for people with insomnia. And another study found that twice-weekly yoga sessions helped cancer survivors sleep better and feel less fatigued.
- Improved Muscle Tone. Yoga works the entire body, so it help build lean muscle, and helps tone existing muscle.
- Its low impact. Additionally, unlike traditional exercises, yoga is a very low impact exercise. Hence, anyone can do it, from children to the elderly.
- Improved Mental Sharpness. Yoga works the mind as well as the body. Hence, it improves mental sharpness. In fact, in recent studies, yoga has been shown to help prevent and treat Alzheimer’s disease.
- Better Balance. As yoga improves flexibility and posture, it also helps improve the body’s balance.
- Improved Joint Movement. Yoga helps improve movement in joints and helps relieve stiffness. Hence, it is especially beneficial for the elderly. In fact, people with arthritis often see marked improvement in their pain and mobility with regular gentle yoga practice.
- Better Breathing. Yoga also helps improve breathing, while leads to the improvement of effectively everything. Yoga has special poses focusing completely on improving breathing.
- Improved Confidence. It is a proven fact that when you feel good, you feel confident and vice versa. As yoga improved everything from physical, mental to spiritual, one has to feel good about themselves, which leads to an improvement in one’s confidence.