Even as we get more relaxed and sleepless, the pressure to be fit is on even in our 20th century; and I am not sure that many of us have time and patience to squeeze in a sweat session after work. This article will show you why you should do yoga, how it helps your body, and how long it took me to find out (the truth) about doing yoga every day.
1. Yoga can help with weight loss
One of the most common reasons people stay away from exercise is because they are worried about their image or what others think of them. It’s true that being fat or overweight puts one at risk for developing some serious health conditions like high blood pressure, heart disease, etc., but also there are several other risks that come along such as an increase in diabetes and type 2 diabetes. These illnesses can also cause you a lot of money and time to deal with, ultimately adding a strain on you and your family. So, when something goes wrong, you become completely dependent on yourself and you begin putting yourself at risk, which is exactly why it’s important to keep active every day. Plus, Yoga keeps the mind sharp and the emotions balanced, so no hard feelings go through the mind that leads to stress, depression, anxiety, insomnia, etc. If you want to lose weight, then try doing yoga for 60-90 minutes, or even a full hour or two; this will give you that much-needed burn-out and end up giving the weight loss you’ve been trying hard for years a shot in the arm.
2. Yoga improves energy situations
One study has found out that Yoga increases the feel-good neurotransmitter serotonin levels, which makes up the nervous system. When serotonin is released, there is increased focus on the body. Also, yoga is good for balancing hormones. The release of endorphins, dopamine, gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA), and serotonin helps improve mood, reduce appetite, decrease pain and provide positive effects like an energy boost. This is something that most people can control by doing regular activities like walking and exercising, especially if these activities are free! Now that I’m getting into physical activities in my home, I really hope that this is something you would encourage other women to try as well!
3. The benefits of Yoga for your body are endless!
One benefit of yoga is that your body gets rid of the tension that builds up and gives off this feeling called stretch marks. I never experienced stretch marks until I moved to England and started practicing the art of Yoga, so I was shocked at first. Not only did I experience stretch marks, but I also had terrible back pain, neck pain, lower back pain, and hip pain. One thing I learned while practicing Yoga: When you feel tense and stretched out, then put one leg underneath you. It can be uncomfortable, but it makes you feel so much better.
4. Yoga can relieve stress and make confidence
This particular benefit is something that needs practice, but it’ll come more naturally if you start now! Yoga is known to reduce tension and can relieve any kind of stress you may be experiencing. All in all, it can make you feel happier, more in control, and bring that inner peace that comes from meditation as well!
5. Yoga can help with digestive issues similar as constipation and diarrhea
Constipation is a very real problem in modern life, including in Canada. Our society tends to eat foods that are unhealthy or lack fiber. Unfortunately, we don’t know enough about the ways that food affects us, so we end up suffering through it. Oftentimes, we end up feeling bloated but when we take care of our digestive organs, it’s usually resolved within four days. The best thing that Yoga can do for you helps you with digestion and eliminate bad bacteria from coming in through these intestines. Studies have actually shown that Yoga can help with constipation by strengthening the large intestine and increasing muscle tone. Yoga can eliminate the digestive pressure that has made me struggle to complete simple tasks. After just 30 minutes of doing yoga three times a week for two years, my stool was significantly reduced from 150g down to 95g per day. Since I didn’t suffer from reflux or heartburn, this was a huge win.
6. Yoga has helped people recover from surgery
If you’ve ever had a big surgery or been put under anesthesia, then you know how difficult recovery is. However, Yoga has proven to be helpful in relieving the symptoms associated with post-surgical pain. In order to get optimum results during this healing process, you must remain engaged. As stated previously, Yoga releases endorphins when done properly. That helps relieve headache, muscle pain, stiffness, soreness, as well as any pain I could be feeling after my surgical procedure. Although there are quite a few studies that show that Yoga does have positive results, Yoga can be addictive. But, there are also a number of yoga teachers that teach you how to meditate, read chapters on topics such as yogic diet, yogic nutrition, spiritual practices, and more. By following someone’s daily routine, you are able to learn everything there is to know about Yoga and learn how to incorporate it into your life. There is definitely nothing wrong with incorporating Yoga into your lifestyle and routines. Instead of thinking that you need to go out and participate in group yoga classes, consider spending a little bit of time doing Yoga at home!
7. Yoga can help with asthma and snap
In today’s world, we live in, there is evidence that Yoga is beneficial for controlling asthma and colds as well. Most asthma sufferers suffer from shortness of breath, wheezing, and coughing, all of which can occur due to poor breathing. Yogic rituals, such as the “sutra pose,” help relax the muscles in the chest area while increasing your blood circulation to the lungs, helping to heal the illness. A 2015 study showed that those who took part in eight-hour sessions of Yoga were more likely to improve their lung function. Additionally, there are also tons of research papers showing that Yoga can help relieve symptoms in individuals who have contracted pneumonia, asthma as well as allergies. When we talk about treating cancer and having a healthy body, this fact proves just how important Yoga truly is to our health and wellbeing.
8. Yoga helps with migraines
Migraine headaches are extremely debilitating to my body. They leave me exhausted often and left me unable to function. While there are plenty of different ways to reduce migraines, my personal favorite way to get through these attacks is Yoga. Practicing Yoga daily calms my nerves which helps alleviate migraine attacks. My friends who practice Yoga say that they have fewer migraines than before, and I’ve heard stories of people who used Yoga to overcome migraine attacks, or even just stop them altogether. Whether it’s soothing headaches from overworked desk jobs with poor posture or stopping migraines entirely, Yoga helps and has become something I personally use to manage migraines, and it’s always welcome, wherever and whenever in the future I decide to try Yoga again!
9. Yoga can ameliorate brain function
One of the main benefits of Yoga is improving your brain function, specifically memory, and attention span. Research shows that Yoga may reduce brain fog, which is a side effect of chronic depression. Having severe depression can hinder your ability to perform mentally, and your body doesn’t react as well. Luckily, there are plenty of methods to help with this; Yoga can be the next key step on your path to a healthier lifestyle, and with good intentions, nothing beats a good old-fashioned meditation or an 8-hour yoga class!
10. Yoga can help drop the threat for Alzheimer’s Disease
Alzheimer’s Disease is the second leading cause of death globally. According to recent estimates, one Alzheimer’s patient dies every 40 seconds, and that’s not taking into account the elderly population in nursing homes. There are lots of people out there struggling with this disease, but even though the cure isn’t known, there are therapies that you and I can do to combat this. One major benefit of Yoga is that research has shown that Yoga can help slow the progression of Alzheimer’s Disease, but more importantly, it can help preserve your brain’s ability to remember things such as things you need to remember, as well as learn new things.