If you ever visited Santa Monica, people carrying yoga mats are almost as common as people laying under a beach umbrella. Why is it so popular? There are a ton of health benefits to doing yoga and I want to talk to you about it in this post today.
Helps stretch your muscles and helps increase your range of motion.
Yoga posture exercises gently strengthen the muscles in the back, as well as the abdominal muscles. Surprisingly, your back muscles are key components of the muscular network of the spine. Stronger Back = Better Posture
A new research study verified that doing yoga improves lung function and a reduction in asthma symptoms. When you deep breathe, you can control your breath and oxygen levels which could sometimes lead to curing asthma.
The state of being mentally and spiritually healthy is how we phase out stress. When we do yoga, we get more air into our lungs with each breath we take. Through each breath, we gradually slow down our breathing which lowers our stress levels.
Some yoga postures like balasana, anulom vilom, and shavasana helps preoccupies our body and mind. Chris C. Streeter, MD and his associates at Boston University School of Medicine did a study where they analyzed anxiety and depression in participants over the course of 12 weeks. After 12 weeks, researchers found that not only had the yoga practitioner’s GABA levels went up overall, but that those who did yoga for depression specifically had a greater improvement. Child’s pose, bhujangasana, warrior pose, and bridge pose are also all important postures of yoga for depression reduction.
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