5 Suprising Benefits of Yoga

Yoga is not just for crunchy granola people. Yoga is for anyone who is seeking something to improve their physical and mental health. The physical and spiritual aspects of yoga help with bodily healing and emotional healing. Practicing yoga also allows you to find both inner peace with yourself and outer peace with those around you.

While you think you might prefer other kinds of exercises to yoga, introducing this beneficial, less cardiovascular exercise into your regime can only benefit your fitness journey further.

1. Improves overall physical health
Yoga is most certainly not just glorified stretching. Yoga allows your body to heal and improve itself in ways medications can’t help with, and some exercise cannot achieve.

If you are incapable of rigorous exercise, yoga is the perfect way to keep your body healthy and active without having to lift your weight on a press-up bar.

Yoga not only improves your flexibility and athleticism but it helps you regulate your adrenal glands and drain your lymph nodes which allow you to better fight infection. It lowers your blood pressure and gently strengthens areas of your body. It relieves tension in painful areas such as your neck, back, and hips.

2. Improves Mental Health
The relaxing and meditative nature of yoga allows you to improve your mental state as well. You are allowed time to work on yourself and improve your practice which leads to self-confidence and increases in productivity.

You are also able to mediate during this time. This allows your mind to work on the things that are stressing you out or forget them for a moment. This allows your stress level to drop – which is good for your physical health – and leads to an increase in happiness.

3. Soothes Cramps
One of the most frustrating things about being a woman is enduring the pain that comes with menstruation. Yoga poses release tension in the areas of a woman’s body that tighten up and cramp during that time of the month. Poses such as reclined goddess, cat/cow, and wide legged child’s pose allows your muscles to open up and relax.

Additionally, yoga is relaxing and being on your period can lead to increased stress and anxiety.

4. Adds to Your Relationships
Yoga is often performed alone, but there are many ways to integrate one or more people into your practice through partnered poses and gatherings.

Your brain bonds with people you do yoga with, similarly to how you feel a certain closeness to someone after you sing together. Allow your body to sing with your loved ones’ or a friends’ through yoga. Doing things like this together is both relaxing and fun for couples and friends.

5. It Helps You Poop

Not to be crass, but this is a fact. Due to stress and poor diet constipation plagues many of people. Poses like seated meditation allows your body to relax while poses such as standing forward bend and seated twist stimulate your digestive system. Strings of bending and twisting poses put slight – but not uncomfortable pressure – on your stomach which can help ease constipation.

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