8 amazing benefits of practicing yoga
Yoga is an ancient practice of which much has been said lately, but do we all know about its benefits? Is no longer a secret that yoga contributes to the overall health of the body and mind, it reduces stress, connects you with yourself and increases your awareness. Yoga works from the inside out, the breath controls everything, the negative feelings disappear with each expiration and all your spirit rejuvenates in each inspiration.
So, I put together 8 amazing benefits that you will notice while practicing yoga and some of them can really change your life, for better!
Improves your flexibility
This is one of the most obvious benefits of yoga and you will start seeing the results very quickly. During the first classes, you can't even touch your toes with your legs straight, but if you keep practicing impossible poses will become possible!
Strenghten your muscles
When you practice yoga, you are building strength and balance it with flexibility. If you go to the gym, you might build strength at the expense of flexibility, with yoga you can build both. Strong muscles protect us from many diseases, like arthritis, and look good.
Perfects your posture
We spend the day in front of our laptops, with poor postures and stress accumulated on our shoulders and back. With yoga you can improve your posture, straighten your spine and relieve pain with many different poses, some of them are very easy and you can do it anywhere.
Yoga makes you contract and stretch muscles, move organs around and come in and out of postures, increasing the drainage of lymph (a viscous fluid rich in immune cells). Those moves help the lymphatic system fight infection, destroy cancerous cells and detoxify the body and mind!
Improves your blood pressure
Some people don't take it too seriously, but sometimes low blood pressure or high blood pressure can be indicative of other severe conditions such as chronological disorders. With specific yoga postures, you can balance the functioning of various systems of the body and improve the circulation.
Helps you sleep better
Our daily life is really stressful and sometimes it's even hard to stop thinking and start sleeping. Yoga helps to calm the body, the mind and the soul. Especially with meditation, it helps to soothe muscles, bones and organs while practicing a state of conscious calm.
Increases your mental health
We are careful about what we eat, we pay attention to the creams we use in our skin and we go to the gym to work the body, but what do we do for our mental health? Yoga offers so many psychological benefits that it's difficult to name all, it improves our overall move and well-being, it connects you with yourself, the others and the surrounding world. Yoga also lowers depressive states and anxiety and increases motivation, self-esteem and confidence.
Makes you happier
Many studies have confirmed, a regular yoga practice improves depression, increases serotonin levels and decreases monoamine oxidase (enzyme that breaks down neurotransmitters) and cortisol. It brings you many positive vibes and helps you to get rid of the negative feelings. And who doesn't want to be happy? I think that's enough reasons for today!
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