Benefits Of Yoga Revealed!

By: Darvin J. Hooey

The practice of yoga is centuries old, because throughout history people have recognized the benefits of yoga. It is crucial, however, to keep in mind that there exist more than 10 different styles of yoga that are most most popular, and each style has its own identity with respect to the benefits you might expect to see from their practice. I have created numerous articles explaining yoga for beginners which you can search for to describe these differences, but this article was created to explore what yoga can do for you. No matter if your focus is physical, mental or both, practicing yoga can benefit you enomrously in many ways. Let's start with the mental side first:
Psychological Benefits of Yoga

  •  Improved Concentration: This one's difficult to prove factually, but concentration improvements have been constantly experienced by most practitioners. I have personally experienced these improvements!

  •  Enhanced Feeling of Well-being: This is the result of a stronger mind-body connection and calmness, due to improved concentration, the reduction of hormones related to stress and some introspection.

  •  Decreased Depression: This is the result of several biochemical reactions, including oxygen level increases in the brain, as well as the release of the related "negative" energy.

  •  Decreased Aggression: This is based on the increased level of relaxation and control you learn through practicing yoga.

Physical Benefits of Yoga

  •  Increased Flexibility: The sequence of yoga poses gently stretches your muscles, ligaments, and tendons over time.

  • Detoxification: This stretching also massages your organs, and ensures optimal blood flow. This helps to release toxins.

  • Muscle tone: Often positions are held for a while causing the aforementioned stretching, but at the same time muscles are engaged and strengthened as well.

  • Reduced Blood Pressure: This stretching and massaging provided by yoga also serves to lower your blood pressure, by increasing blood oxygenation and improving circulation.

  •  Cardiovascular Efficiency Increases: The combination of reduced blood pressure and increased oxygen levels raises your level of endurance.

Real Life Benefits of Yoga

  •  Decreased Risk of Injury: Due to your new found improved range of motion, strength and blood flow improvements, your body will be better protected from future injuries and able to heal quicker.

  •  Improved Coordination: Due to your improved mind-body connection and range of motion you will become more graceful.

  •  Reaction time: This is a result of improved circulation and the better mind-body connection.

  •  Endurance: Improved blood flow and oxygenation lead to better cardiovascular health and improved endurance. This is one of the many reasons endurance athletes like runners include yoga as a part of their training.

By the way, these are only a few of the benefits of yoga! As you've probably figure out by now, I am a true fan of yoga, and there a ton of reasons to get started with yoga today...

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