“For breath is life, and if you breathe well, you will live long on earth.”
Whether you are a regular with Yoga or have just taken your first class, you’ve probably noticed these benefits – relaxed state of mind, better sleep and more energy. Although we are still learning and measuring the benefits of yoga, scientists are uncovering clues about this ancient practice and it’s affect on longevity and life span. Given below are just 10 of the many benefits that influence longentivity and promote long and healthy life.
1. Prevents cartilage and joint breakdown
Yoga takes the joints through their full range of motion, which helps joint cartilage receive fresh nutrients, prevents wear and tear thereby protecting underlying bones. This also helps prevent degenerative arthritis & mitigates disability.
2. Increases bone density and health
Many postures in yoga require bearing weight, which strengthens bones and helps ward off osteoporosis. Specifically, yoga strengthens the arm bones that are particularly vulnerable to osteoporotic fractures. Multiple studies have shown that yoga practice increases overall bone density.
3. Increases blood flow
Yoga gets the blood flowing! Relaxation helps circulation, movement brings more oxygen to the cells (which function better as a result), twisting brings fresh oxygenated blood to organs, and inversions reverse blood flow from the lower body to the brain and heart. Additionally, yoga increases hemoglobin levels in red blood cells, helping prevent blood clots, heart attacks, and strokes.
4. Cleanses lymph and immune systems
Yoga helps in draining lymph, allowing the system to fight inflection, destroy diseased cells and rid toxic waste from the body. Furthermore, meditation appears to have a positive effect on the functioning of the immune system, boosting it when and lowering it when needed.
5. Regulates the adrenal glands
Yoga checks the cortisol levels. High cortisol compromises the immune system and may lead to permanent changes in the brain. Increased cortisol has also been linked with depression, osteoporosis, high blood pressure and insulin resistance.
6. Lowers blood sugar
Yoga lowers blood sugar and LDL (“bad”) cholesterol and boosts HDL (“good”) cholesterol. In people with diabetes, yoga has been found to lower blood sugar by lowering cortisol and adrenaline levels, encouraging weight loss, and improving sensitivity to the effects of insulin. Lowering blood sugar levels decreases the risk of diabetic complications such as heart attack, kidney failure, and blindness.
7. Calms nervous system and helps sleep deeper
Stimulation in our modern society can tax the nervous system. Yoga and meditation encourage turning inward of the senses and removal of stimuli, providing much needed downtime for the nervous system and hence a better sleep.
8. Gives the lungs room to breathe
Yogis tend to take fewer breaths of greater volume, which is both calming and more efficient. Yoga promotes breathing through the nose, which filters, warms, and humidifies air. This helps prevent asthma attacks while also removing pollen, dirt, and other things you’d rather not take into your lungs.
9. Improved digestion
Yoga promotes healthy digestion by moving the body in ways that facilitate rapid and efficient movement of food and waste products through the bowels. Healthy digestion helps lower the risk of colon cancer and diseases of the digestive track.
10. Improves brain function, memory and mood
Studies have cpncluded that regular yoga helps in elevating mood, improves memory and brain function.
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