Healing the body and soul: 10 amazing benefits of Yoga

AM Jahid

Can yoga change your life? “Yes” and “definitely yes”.  This is not my answer alone. If you ask most practicing yogis they will respond with “Yes.” Yoga can lead you towards a happier, more forward thinking inner being as the ancient art form has a multitude of physical and mental and social benefits that can lead to a more fulfilling life.

There are numerous reasons why yoga is so good for you. Here are top 10 reasons you should consider adding yoga to your world.

  1. Strength, agility and flexibility

Many sports will give you strength. Others will give you more agility, but few practices of yoga will increase strength, agility, and flexibility all at once.

  1. Improved mental fitness

Yoga benefits both your body and mind equally. Practicing yoga can reduce your stress levels, leaving you feeling much calmer and more relaxed. With regular practice, this sense of calmness and relaxation can become natural in everyday life.

  1. Make sexually stronger

Many forms of yoga refer to the root lock “Mula Bandha,” which is the root of the spine, the pelvic floor, the perineum. Bringing awareness to these areas in a yoga class will help you be more in touch with them overall and can help you enjoy having sex more.

  1. Naturally reduces pain

There are countless studies proving that yoga can be very effective at relieving pain. It doesn’t matter if you suffer from fibromyalgia, arthritis, or migraine headaches, yoga has been proven to effectively reduce pain from all these ailments.

  1. Healthier blood

Research has shown that practicing yoga regularly relaxes your blood vessels and enhances circulation. This can lower your blood pressure, while ensuring all your muscles and vital organs have a constant supply of oxygen.

  1. Reduced risk of chronic disease

Yoga helps fight chronic diseases such as cancer, diabetes and heart disease in numerous ways. Firstly, many chronic diseases are directly linked to stress and by practicing yoga regularly; you naturally lower your stress levels. Secondly, yoga improves your physical health and evidence has shown that high levels of physical health can be directly correlated with lower levels of chronic disease.

  1. Lower weight

If you choose the right type of yoga, you can burn up to 600 calories per hour. Two of the most effective types of yoga for burning fat are Bikram/Hot Yoga (477 calories per hour) and Vinyasa Yoga/Flow Toga (594 calories per hour).

  1. Better respiration

Yoga promotes slower, more controlled breathing. This opens up your chest, soothes respiratory disorders (such as asthma and bronchitis), and boosts digestion.

  1. Glow from the inside out

Seriously”… People will start to notice a little pep in your step, or a glow to your skin.  All the moving causes increase in blood flow, which helps clear toxins from the body producing a healthy glow. Get used to hearing. “Wow, you look great!”

  1. Happiness

Yoga teaches us that true happiness comes from within. After consistently practicing yoga for sometime you start to find this true happiness within yourself. It is amazing, and it feels so good. You realize that looking this way or that way, making more money, being the best at everything etc. does not lead to happiness. The happiness is within us all, and it is easily attainable!

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