Three Major Ways Yoga Can Benefit Your Health

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Yoga is a form of exercise that not only offers rapid benefits but that also leads you to a lasting transformation as it improves your physical health and mental capacity.It is one of the best ways to improve your overall health naturally and organically. 

The following health benefits are just a few that you may gain from regularly practicing yoga.

Yoga Promotes Steady Blood Sugar Levels

A diabetes study showed that regular practice of yoga, in conjunction with a diabetes care plan, can help reduce an individual’s body mass index while maintaining a stable level of blood sugar. The participants in the study were middle aged and older adults who performed yoga for three months while under a diabetes care plan. They were late able to shed a couple of pounds each. 

In contrast, the study participants who were part of the control group and who did not practice yoga were found to have higher levels of blood sugar. 

Another important finding from the study indicated that regular practice of yoga can also lead to a reduction of oxidative stress in the body, something which was not seen in the control group who did not take yoga classes.

Yoga Strengthens The Immune System

Studies have demonstrated that yoga can help boost the immune system by stimulating the main physiological systems, such as the endocrine, nervous, circulatory, and digestive systems. Certain yoga poses help bolster the functioning of specific systems, which in turn promotes the overall strength of the immune system.  

For example, if an individual wants to stimulate their digestive system, they can perform the ‘bow pose.’ As the digestive system performs better, so too will the immune system. 

In addition, the asana posture coupled with proper breathing techniques can greatly improve the mechanical efficiency of the lungs. This is made possible by conditioning the respiratory tract, which plays a crucial role in boosting the strength and increasing the elasticity of the lungs. Conditioning the respiratory tract also makes it less susceptible to any attacks by disease-causing microorganisms.

Yoga Relieves Migraines and Headaches

Although the real cause of migraines is still not yet fully understood, many experts believe that it can by caused by several types of physical misalignment as well as by various mental stressors. One current, common cause of migraines among people is believed to be the overuse of cell phones. 

Additionally, people too often hunch over their computer and other electronics while holding their shoulders up and tilting their head forwards. This kind of body posture causes too much strain as it lifts the trapezius too much, thus tightening the neck. 

This type of posture can lead to severe migraines. However, the frequency and severity of these resultant migraines can be lessened by performing yoga poses such as the ‘Bridge Pose’ which helps keep an individual’s shoulders in line with the base of their neck, promoting proper body posture. 

When a person suffers from a severe headache or migraine, they usually feel less able to perform even usual, mundane roles adequately. So, when searing headaches and migraines occur, a person’s life may be put on hold. But with the help of yoga, the feelings of anxiety and fear brought about by debilitating headaches or migraines can be erased. As you practice the healing art of yoga, you will unconsciously move away from negative thoughts and feelings while restoring emotional and spiritual balance.

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I am a retired RN–stayed home after my second child was born, having worked for 10 years. I am in my mid-50s now, and I enjoy blogging, designing mugs and more and spreading a bit of positivity in the world.

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