We hear many people discuss yoga and how good it makes them feel. However, often times, there are many details left out. These overlooked tidbits could possibly be a selling point for someone new to Yoga, and don’t understand the benefits it can provide you with. Yoga is often looked at as just a means of meditation, while the physical and health benefits are often swept under the rug. Believe it or not, the practice of yoga is much more beneficial than one may believe. Here are 8 Reasons Yoga is Good For You:
Improves Your Flexibility
Yoga is one of the best routines for improved flexibility, for obvious reasons. If you’re new to yoga, you may have issues with a few of the poses. However, practice makes perfect. Stick with it and you’ll start to notice that you’re more flexible and able to pose easier than before. You should also begin to notice the aches and pains disappearing.
Builds Muscle Strength
Contrary to what some people may believe, yoga is a great way to build muscle strength. Holding poses puts a strain on the muscles, which in return strengthens them. Many seniors benefit from this because Yoga can help protect them from conditions such as arthritis and back pain. By practicing the various Yoga poses a person will strengthen various muscle groups along with aiding in flexibility. An added plus is this can also enhance your balance, prohibiting falls in seniors.
Prevent Cartilage and Joint Breakdown
Practicing yoga takes your joints through a full range of motion. This can help prevent degenerative arthritis or alleviates impairment by wringing out and soaking areas of cartilage that normally aren’t used. Be sure to eat properly as well, as proper nutrition will ensure that cartilage is receiving fresh nutrients during the wringing out and soaking up process.
Increases Heart Rate
Many yogi enjoy the benefit of an increased heart rate. If you routinely allow your heart rate to reach the aerobic range, you’d also benefit from a reduced risk of a heart attack. Of course, not all yoga practices are aerobic, but styles such as Ashtanga can easily boost your heart rate into aerobic range. Studies show that the practice of yoga can lower the resting heart rate, increases endurance, and can improve your maximum uptake of oxygen during exercise. Are you ready for your Aurorae Yoga Mat yet?
Reduces Blood Pressure
Practicing yoga is a great way to keep your blood pressure down. According to a study published in the British Medical Journal, “The Lancet”, when you compare the effects of Corpse Pose with simply lying on a couch for three months, Savasana was associated with a 26-point drop in systolic blood pressure and a 15-point drop in diastolic blood pressure (the bottom number. Grab an Omron BP-652 Automatic Wrist 7 Series Blood Pressure Monitor and monitor your pressure before practicing yoga. Practice as often as possible for 1.5 months and check your pressure again. Compare your results and see if you dropped.
Improved Immune System Functionality
Those who practice yoga also enjoy a boosted immune system. Studies show that meditation has a positive effect on the functionality of your immune system by raising antibody levels in response to a vaccines or mitigating an inappropriately aggressive immune function in an autoimmune disease like psoriasis, boosting and lowering the immune system as necessary.
Yoga has the ability to significantly improve sleep patterns for those with insomnia, according to a Harvard study. Other studies show you can have a better night’s sleep and feel less fatigued by taking up Yoga for cancer survivors. Much of the credit can be tracked to yoga’s ability to reduce stress.
Stress is an unfortunate part of life. Sadly, many of us can’t completely eliminate it from our lives. However, we can work on ways of reducing stress. Taking up yoga is one way to manage your stress levels, as it usually requires that you be in a calm and mellow state. In addition to reducing stress, you can also reduce your risk of heart disease. According to the Heart and Stroke Foundation, people who are prone to stress have a higher risk for heart disease than their calmer counterparts.
Now that you know how beneficial yoga is, it is time to get started. Fill your Aurorae Sling Yoga Back Pack with your Aurorae Northern Lights Yoga Mat and Aurorae Lavander Yoga Meditative Mist and enjoy the benefits of peaceful health!