Today is your day to live healthy and be proud.
Happy Morning, Yogis! Get up, take your mat and give yourself some stretching before you go on with your day. Surely, there will be lots of things that might happen to you throughout the day, may it be positive and productive day in your school or work and may it be the other way around. So, why not start your day fresh by taking your mat and relax your body and mind by practicing yoga. Why? Here are some ideas why you should do yoga if not everyday, at least six times a week *wink*!
6 BENEFITS OF YOGA THAT MAKES YOUR LIVES BETTER AND HAPPIER:
1. Helps you relax
When stress and bad day from work is hitting on you, you might want to take your yoga mat and give yourself relief by performing yoga. Yoga is a mind-body practice that combines several physical poses, stretches, deep breathing and meditation. Based on studies, Yoga can boost the brain’s production of hormones that are associated with health, happiness and relaxation. One of which is the Oxytocin or the “cuddle hormone” it is said that this hormone helps decrease your stress and improves your overall wellness. The other hormone is called endorphin which plays an important role when managing physical pain and negative emotions.
Yoga makes us feel calm because of the breathing techniques that is called Ujjayi breath also known as Ujjayi Pranayama, it helps to take us out of sympathetic nervous system which is responsible for your body’s fight-or-flight response, and while you’re immersed in your yoga classes, your body slowly moves into your parasympathetic response (aka rest and digest), says Alia Sebben, a certified yoga instructor and a creator of the Yoga for Mental Health series on the Yoga studio app.
Yoga is similar to a massage to the internal organs; as the core becomes warm from the inside, the body becomes prepared for the Asana practice. Yoga posture known as Asana helps ease the physical discomfort caused by anxieties.
2. Improves flexibility, strength and posture
Flexibility – yoga helps you loosen your muscles. Through several rounds of breath, Yoga poses helps to create deep connections to the muscle tissues, encouraging it to relax and stretch. Based in one study, people improved their flexibility by up to 35% after only 8 weeks of yoga.
Strength– some yoga poses are very physical which improves your muscle tone. And even less vigorous style of yoga can also provide strength and endurance benefits.
Posture– bad posture can lead to back pain, poor digestion and muscle fatigue. Performing yoga poses will help you achieve good posture as it focuses so much on your body alignment. It promotes body posture which in turns promotes synchronized body movements. Good posture not only make you look good and feel confident, it also prevents yourself from getting backache, muscular pain, and prevents fatigue as muscles are being used more efficiently, allowing the body to use less energy.
3. Helps you lose weight
Intense yoga poses help you burn calories i.e. are Power yoga, Ashtanga and Vinyasa yoga. These types of yoga helps you develop your muscle tone and improve your metabolism. One study found that yoga was effective in helping overweight women lose weight.
According to Jen Cassetty, an American College of Sports Medicine certified Health Fitness Specialist, based in New York City “Yoga is not a high intensity exercise, usually, but the classes run 75 to 90 minutes of continual activity, so your muscles are working the whole time, strengthening and lengthening, and doing core work through Chaturanga and balance poses. As with any activity program for weight loss, you should engage in this activity 4 to 5 times a week to see body changes with shaping, as well as keep a portion-controlled balanced diet. Then, yes, your metabolism will be raised through the activity and you can see body shaping changes and even weight loss.”
4. Better Night Sleep
Sleep is essential because it supports the body in functioning properly. When you practice yoga before bedtime, it allows you to renew your body and release the toxins which helps you to calm the mind and remove the stresses of the body to help in getting a good night’s sleep.
People have trouble sleeping usually because they have something on their mind. And by doing yoga before bedtime will help relax the mind and body. In order for our body to a sleeping level, we need to shift our mind to a state of calm.
5. Keeps you healthy
It is not new that yoga has proved itself throughout the years. Yoga provides physical benefits through relaxation and breathing techniques which can lessen chronic pain such as back pain, headaches and arthritis.
Practicing yoga can also help your physical health such as :
- Respiration, Energy and Vitality
- Balanced metabolism
- Lowers blood pressure
- Protects from injury
- Improves blood circulation
- Slower pulse rate
- Stronger immune system
- Higher Cardiovascular endurance
6. Makes you Happy
Aside from the physical benefits you get from practicing yoga, one of the benefits of yoga is how it helps a person manage stress which is known to have negative effects on the mind and body. Yoga creates calmness which can help a person remain positive on everyday’s hustle and bustle.
Yoga also improves emotional health with this list:
- Positive outlook on life
Now, what’s not to love about yoga?