3 Health Benefits of Yoga

3 Health Benefits of Yoga

Yoga has gotten to be a popular activity with people of all ages — perhaps because it leaves you with a such a good feeling after you practice it. (Who doesn’t love ending a workout session flat on your back with your eyes closed?) But it can do more than bliss you out after a good session; there unique health benefits of yoga, too. Here are three reasons to incorporate a few sun salutations into your schedule on a regular basis.

Relieve lower-back pain

Forget bed rest — today’s docs often prescribe exercise, yoga included. Practicing yoga may ease back pain better than avoiding exercise, concluded a scientific review tallying results from over 1,000 men and women, all suffering from low-back pain for three-plus months. It may be better to do yoga than to skip your workout because of its relaxation, meditation and breathing elements. Most studies asked participants to attend a 60- to 90-minute class (typically Iyengar-style) once or twice a week and practice at home on nonclass days. Beginners should find a class designed to ease low-back pain so an experienced instructor can help you protect your back.

Bolster your bones

Less than 15 minutes of yoga a day may keep your bones strong, according to a study published in Topics in Geriatric Rehabilitation. Over 200 individuals, mainly women averaging 68 years old, did 12 minutes of yoga daily (or at least every other day) for two years. They held 12 poses (including tree and twisted triangle) for 30 seconds each. The result: improved bone density. In fact, the progress surpassed bone-building results typically seen with osteoporosis-countering drugs. Why? Using your muscles makes your bones stronger. Since yoga uses several muscle groups at once, you’re exerting force on the bone from multiple angles, possibly enhancing the bone-building process.

Help your heart

Move over, cardio. Researchers evaluated almost 40 trials and found that yoga came with numerous heart-friendly benefits: lowering LDL (“bad”) cholesterol and triglycerides, increasing HDL (“good”) cholesterol and improving body weight, blood pressure and heart rate. Yet how does this stack up against aerobic activity like jogging? Surprisingly high. “Yoga achieved similar improvements to aerobic exercise,” says Myriam Hunink, M.D., Ph.D., a study co-author from the Netherlands. The study points to several factors about yoga that may be responsible for these changes, including the strengthening, stretching, breathing, meditation and relaxation aspects. There’s also no reason you can’t do both; incorporating a variety of different exercises into your workout routine just makes it easier to find a workout you enjoy (and can stick with).

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  • Reply 3 Health Benefits of Yoga – Tips Of Healthy April 26, 2018 at 3:56 pm

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  • Reply Nayeema May 13, 2018 at 9:36 am

    There are a lot of benefits one can get by practicing yoga regularly. Practicing yoga can help us to improve immune system and make our body ready to fight against any kind of germs and prevent diseases. Practicing yoga also helps us to maintain a perfectly balanced weight by burning extra fat. We can maintain strength, flexibility and balance.

    Nayeema
    http://www.anamayaresort.com

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  • Reply Amy J Smith July 7, 2018 at 9:25 am

    Hi,
    I just came across your article “27 Amazing Benefits of Yoga (Connect Your Mind and Body)” (https://chicagohealthonline.com/3-health-benefits-of-yoga/). I really loved reading the article. I think you made some great points.

    Great piece of information about the health benefits of yoga!

    Amazing stuff!! Thank you for sharing such a great article.

    It’s funny, I recently published a post called “21 Yoga Poses for Anti Aging – Yoga Turns the Clock Back.” We bring some best anti-aging yoga poses. Here is the link: https://zovon.com/hot-topics/aging/yoga-poses-for-anti-aging/.

    It might make a nice addition to your list. Either way, keep up the awesome work!

    Thanks,
    Amy J Smith

  • Reply Amy J Smith July 10, 2018 at 8:45 am

    Hi,
    I just wanted to follow up to check if you got the chance to go through my article ” 21 Yoga Poses for Anti Aging – Yoga Turns the Clock Back”. https://zovon.com/hot-topics/aging/yoga-poses-for-anti-aging/
    Please let me know if you want to add this link to your post.

    Looking forward to hearing from you.

    Thanks,

    Amy J. Smith
    https://zovon.com/

  • Reply Amy J Smith July 10, 2018 at 11:42 am

    Hi,
    I just wanted to follow up to check if you got the chance to go through my article ” 21 Yoga Poses for Anti Aging – Yoga Turns the Clock Back”. https://zovon.com/hot-topics/aging/yoga-poses-for-anti-aging/

    Please let me know if you want to add this link to your post.

    Looking forward to hearing from you.

    Thanks,

    Amy J. Smith
    https://zovon.com/

  • Reply Apsawra Liza March 8, 2019 at 11:41 am

    Hello,
    Thanks for the beautiful article. Hope this will be very helpful to all the beginners. I think #3 is the most important benefits of yoga.

    Thanks once again.

    Apsawra Liza
    Coordinator
    http://www.thebeginnersyoga.com

  • Reply Sam Li March 15, 2019 at 7:04 pm

    I love what you said about beginners being able to experience lower-back pain relief after participating in yoga. When it comes to yoga training, it’s important to find a class that has a reliable instructor. My friend and I want to take up yoga, so we’ll make an effort to find the best class in town.

  • Reply Yoga April 18, 2019 at 4:29 am

    I love this post. Although practicing yoga on a daily basis gives numerous health benefits but these are the most basic problems that most of the people face in their busy lifestyle and yoga is the best source to cure them.

  • Reply Kate Welling May 1, 2019 at 7:17 pm

    I was surprised to read that yoga may ease back pain. This is great to know, especially since I’ve been thinking about taking a yoga class as of lately. My back has been hurting a lot, maybe because I have been sleeping weird. Sounds like I have to find a class near me!

  • Reply Dave Anderson May 6, 2019 at 8:32 pm

    That is nice that today’s doctors often prescribe doing yoga for back pain. That is something I would want to have if I were struggling with back pain. Maybe it would be good to start doing yoga to help treat my back pain soon.

  • Reply Sarah Packer June 13, 2019 at 1:21 pm

    I have trouble staying in shape and going to the gym, so I wondered if there was a good alternative. I didn’t know that yoga can come with a lot of heart-friendly benefits like improving blood pressure and body weight. I’ll have to talk to my mom about this article so it’ll convince her to start doing yoga with me.

  • Reply Thomas Peterson June 14, 2019 at 1:08 pm

    I had no idea that practicing yoga could help back pain better than avoiding exercise. I’ve been having some issues with my back lately and have been lost about what to do. I should consider trying this hot yoga trend to see if it can ease my back pain.

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