“The purpose of yoga is to create strength, awareness and harmony in both the body and mind“
Below are few health benefits to motivate you to pick up this healthy hobby and make it a part of your life:
1. Improves body flexibility:
Regular yoga makes body flexible. Initially when you start, it might seem impossible to bend or stretch. You may not be able to touch your toes and bend easily to perform various asanas, but repeated attempts to do them slowly and consistently will surprise you. There will be a slow and gradual improvement. Initial discomfort in form of body aches will disappear gradually.
2. Healthy spine:
There are many asanas in yoga that focus on spine. These include bending forward, backward and various other twists and turns. These asanas give the required movement to spinal disks and make them healthy.
3. Prevents cartilage health:
While doing yoga, your joints are moved in full capacity. This can help prevent degenerative arthritis.
4. Posture improvement:
Incorrect posture can lead to neck, shoulder and back pains. A healthy and strong spine is the backbone of your body literally!!.
5. Improved bone health:
It’s a known fact that weight exercises strengthens bones. There are numerous asanas in yoga where you have to lift your own body weight.
6. Improved blood circulation and balanced metabolism:
Blood flows in your whole body when you do yoga. Improved blood circulation means that oxygen and nutrients in blood are better transported to every body cell, which in turn functions better. There are poses or asanas where body is inverted and blood flows towards brain. Yoga also increases haemoglobin which carries oxygen in body. Improved blood flow and oxygen gives you healthier and glowing skin.
7. Immunity Booster:
Yoga contracts and stretches muscles which in turn increases the drainage of lymph (fluid with immune cells). This helps the body to fight infections, destroy cancerous cells, and dispose of the toxic waste products generated in body. Improvement in immunity means that your body will fight better with allergies and viruses. Yoga heals and enhances each and every body cell hence enhances immunity automatically.
8. Builds muscle strength:
Muscles that are build by weight lifting in gyms are not that flexible. Strong muscles with flexibility will make your body strong as well as good looking. Yoga allows you to balance flexibility and Muscle strength.
9. Happier you:
A consistent yoga practice improves serotonin level hence can fight depression and sad feelings.
10. Foundation of Healthy lifestyle:
A regular Yoga session gives you the required movement and helps in burning calories also. This can tackle your weight problems.
11. Low blood sugar levels:
Yoga decreases blood sugar and bad (LDL) cholesterol and boosts good (HDL) cholesterol.
12. Improves focus and attention span:
Yoga makes you focus on your breathing in present moment. Yoga practice improves coordination, focus and memory. Yoga makes you more relaxed and focus on the present moment.
“Yoga can be very effective in developing coping skills and reaching a more positive outlook on life.“
Give yourself this life changing gift from today.
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