Flexibility is the word that comes to mind when we think of the yoga benefits. Yoga practitioners executing pretzel-like poses is prove enough. So, other than flexibility and a body great enough to contend with Jennifer Anniston, what benefits does yoga have? More than you thought. We’ve highlighted six of them here.
- Great Posture
Remember slouching in front of the television and your mother shouting at you “Sit up straight Jenny!” Turns out there is a reason for that.
Posture is our body’s position when we’re sitting, standing and lying down. Bad posture such as slouching negatively affects our body’s internal functions like breathing and digestion. It exhausts your neck and shoulder muscles, rendering you inefficient in your task.
Good posture ensures your organs are where they need to be and functioning at full capability. Yoga improves your posture and continuous practice allows you to maintain it, keeping you at the top of your game.
- Boosts Immunity
If you catch a cold on Monday, continuously sneeze on Tuesday, have a fever on Wednesday, suffer a sore throat on Thursday of every other week, then you have an impaired immune system. Not a good news.
Our immune system works to fight off virus, germs and cancer. Impaired immune system will make your body vulnerable and cause serious problems to your health. Yoga practice feature asanas that stimulates the circulatory, digestive, nervous and endocrine systems, which in turn boosts our immune system.
- Improves Metabolism
Have you ever looked at someone lean and thought, ‘Wow, they must have a great metabolism ? I am sure you did.
Metabolism converts the food we eat into energy that our body requires to function. Great metabolism aids in the weight loss process. Thus, the observation. Whereas, slow metabolism may result in high cholesterol and high blood pressure.
The way to boost your metabolism rate is by being active and yoga is one of the best ways to be active.
- Releases Tension
Did you know that habitually scrunching your face, mesmerized by the television or computer will lead to fatigue and pain in your shoulder and neck muscles which causes stress which causes low efficiency? That’s right.
Worry not for yoga is there for you.
Continuous yoga practice enables you to tune in to the way you hold your body and release the tension you hold within. It may take years of practice with bigger muscles but Rome wasn’t built in a day, right?
- Sharpens Focus
More often than not our minds are constantly at work—we’re thinking and thinking in a never-ending loop and some of them are not even that important. Does it really matter if your table cloth does not match your curtain?
These multitude of thoughts only serve to decrease your productivity at school, work and home and clutter your mind.
By practicing yoga, you will learn to clear your mind of thoughts and focus on one action. This will reduce the strain on your mind which will result in a healthy mind, leading to improved concentration.
- Sleep Soundly
Lack of sleep is often times attributed to stress, anxiety, and fatigue. What causes stress, anxiety and fatigue? Mostly tension and
thoughts that clutter your mind. So, how do you release tension and declutter your mind? Through yoga of course.
Practice yoga and shed your worries, troubles and tensions away. Sleep soundly and awake rejuvenated.