Yoga’s benefits for a healthier body and mind

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Yoga is a practice that aims to connect the body and mind through breath and movement. Studies have shown that regular yoga practice can help to control stress, anxiety, and pain. Yoga has also been shown to increase mental functioning and general feelings of positivity. Men, women, children and even the elderly can practice the discipline and experience the positive effects.

Yoga is a light, which once lit will never dim. The better your practice, the brighter your flame.

B.K.S Iyengar

It takes at least 3 months practice, to yield all the benefits that Yoga can provide. Through stretching, breath work and commitment to the practice, both mind and body become stronger and more fluid, eventually reaching a harmony that allows both to flourish.  

With gyms all over the world closed during the Covid19 Pandemic more and more people are trying to exercise from their homes. This encouraged the companies like Down Dog to release the Yoga app; a guide to doing Yoga by yourself whether you are a beginner of a long-time practitioner.

Here are five benefits of practicing Yoga:

  1. Decrease’s stress and anxiety

The meditation practiced in Yoga teaches the practitioner to concentrate on the present, freeing the mind from problems of the past or future, which provides emotional balance, a sense of inner peace, well-being and cleansing of the day-to-day stresses of life.

In addition, it also helps in the treatment of depression, due to the feeling of relaxation, with increased self-confidence, optimism, concentration, decreased irritability, and improved interpersonal relationships.

  1. Promotes physical conditioning.

The exercises, techniques and postures can improve the resistance and strengthening of muscles. Furthermore, because the app is suitable to all levels of experience the person will never feel as though they are out of their comfort zone.  

This helps to improve the body’s performance for physical activities and daily tasks. It promotes healthy fat loss and helps form muscle definition.

  1. Accelerates weight loss.

One of the main reasons that the practice of Yoga can cause weight loss is due to the reduction of negative feelings and therefore a desire to overeat, decreasing the number of calories consumed in the day.

The exercises and positions performed also help in the loss of fat, but this varies according to the style practiced. Less calories are burned in milder methods such as Iyengar or Tantra Yoga, however, advanced practices like Ashtanga or Power Yoga, will certainly help with weigh loss.

  1. Control’s pressure and heart rate.

Yoga provides improved functioning of the heart and lungs, as it regulates the nervous system and improves blood circulation, heartbeat, and blood pressure. In addition, it balances the endocrine system, controlling the levels of stress hormones, such as cortisol and adrenaline.

  1. Improves sleep.

Practicing Yoga increases the production of melatonin, a hormone that regulates the sleep cycle, leaving you with more quality and depth, facilitating a good night’s sleep,

Having a more relaxed body means getting better sleep. This provides more energy to take on everyday tasks and stressors.

Yoga can be practiced anywhere, indoors, or outdoors, you just need a comfortable Yoga mat and some motivation.

However, like any other physical activity it is recommended that you visit your GP to check your overall physical condition before starting.

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