5 Surprising Benefits of Yoga
Everyone knows that yoga is good for you. Yoga creates strength, balance, and flexibility. Yoga is also known to bring about profound states of inner peace. Many people know that they should be going to yoga classes every week but, for some reason, they can never get around to actually doing it. If you fall into this category, then perhaps we need review some of the lesser known benefits of regular yoga practice:
1. Boost Immunity
A recent Norwegian study found that yoga practice results in changes in gene expression that boost immunity at a cellular level. The researchers found that changes occurred while participants were still on the mat, and they were significantly greater than a control group who went on a nature hike while listening to soothing music. Yoga also helps to boost immunity by simply increasing overall health, says Mitchel Bleier, a yoga teacher of 18 years and owner of Yogapata in Connecticut. "As you breathe better, move better and circulate better, all the other organs function better."
2. Ease Migraines
Research shows that migraine sufferers have fewer and less painful migraines after three months of yoga practice. The cause of migraines isn't fully understood, but Bleier says it could be a combination of mental stressors and physical misalignment that create migraines and other issues. Hunching over a computer or cell phone with your shoulders up and head forward causes overlifting of your trapezius and tightening of the neck. This pulls the head forward and creates muscle imbalances that can contribute to headaches and migraines.
3. Boost Sexual Performance
Studies have found that 12 weeks of yoga can improve sexual desire, arousal, performance, confidence, orgasm and satisfaction for both men and women. How? Physically, yoga increases blood flow into the genital area, which is important for arousal and erections, says Bleier, and strengthens the "moola bandha," or pelvic floor muscles. Mentally, the breathing and mind control involved with the practice can also improve performance.
4. Sleep Better
Researchers from Harvard found that eight weeks of daily yoga significantly improved sleep quality for people with insomnia. And another study found that twice-weekly yoga sessions helped cancer survivors sleep better and feel less fatigued. This can be attributed to yoga's ability to help people deal with stress, says Bleier. "Sleep issues are like anxiety. Your head can't stop spinning, you don't know how to relax," he says. "Breathing and mental exercises allow the mind to slow down, so you're going to start to see yourself sleep better."
5. Fight Food Cravings
Researchers from the University of Washington found that regular yoga practice is associated with mindful eating, an awareness of physical and emotional sensations associated with eating. By causing breath awareness, regular yoga practice strengthens the mind-body connection, Bleier says. The awareness can help you tune in to emotions involved with certain cravings, and yoga breathing exercises can help you slow down and make better choices when cravings strike.
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This article was edited from the article, "5 Surprising Health Benefits of Yoga" by Kristen Domonell. The full article can be found here.
12/16/2018 11:32:16 pm
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10/29/2019 04:00:16 pm
Thanks for sharing these benefits of yoga. I am looking to try out some new forms of exercise. I've never done yoga before, so I'll be sure to check it out!
10/30/2019 09:39:56 am
I was not aware that yoga can help you to sleep better. I have been struggling to sleep lately, and I was looking for a natural treatment to help. I believe that yoga classes will be a great way to get a good sleep.
11/4/2019 10:51:07 am
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11/12/2019 08:21:51 am
It's so cool that yoga practice also helps with mindful eating, especially since I'm trying to go on a diet. If doing yoga not only gives me exercise but also helps me manage my cravings, then I'd love to try it! Maybe my wife will do it with me, too.
11/25/2019 12:27:21 am
Hey, Great Article. I do yoga regularly for 3 years. I have back pain problem. But Yoga has surprisingly benefited me in various ways. It has improve my sense of balance.
12/18/2019 03:33:33 am
I am a yoga lover. Yoga worked like a magic in my life. It has improved my sense of balance, back pain and gave me a peaceful mind.
12/22/2019 02:02:25 am
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12/23/2019 06:09:59 am
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Well written and well-explained article. We should do yoga. Yoga can benefit you in many ways!
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1/31/2020 07:34:19 am
That's crazy that people with insomnia slept better after eight weeks of yoga. This week, I've noticed that each night I can't sleep and then I have a hard day at work. I'll have to look into yoga.
2/3/2020 06:20:49 am
I didn't realize that yoga can help with migraines. My mother has issues with these on a daily basis, to the point where she isn't able to live the life she would like to. I will have to see if she wants to start coming to yoga with me, and see if that helps her situation.
3/11/2020 07:18:13 am
My aunt was diagnosed with insomnia and she does not know what to do to be able to sleep better. I found it interesting when you said that yoga can help you improve sleep at night. Thanks for sharing this article, I will send it to her so she can think about practicing yoga.
3/18/2020 08:57:06 am
It caught my attention when you explained that yoga's ability to reduce stress can lead to improved sleep in those who practice it. Since yoga can reduce stress, I'd be interested to learn if it has any benefits for those with PTSD or who are recovering from another kind of trauma. I enjoyed reading your article and learning about some benefits of yoga I wasn't aware of before, so thanks for sharing!
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I like how you said that yoga practice can help to reduce stress and tension. My wife is looking for a new way to distress and takes some free time as well. Personally, I believe that working out or trying a new activity that she has never experienced before would be nice and fun. I will let her know to think about yoga lessons and find ourselves a good yoga instructor.
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Nick Hughes is a massage therapist, yoga instructor and co-owner of Well Being. Influenced by the ideas of Alan Watts, Eckhart Tolle, Ram Dass, and Deepak Chopra, Nick presents his unique take on human existence with the goal of helping others live a happier life.