When it comes to yoga, it is common knowledge that in doing this form of exercise, you are uniting the body, mind, and spirit. Combining these three elements helps the body to work in harmony and heal itself. Being based on the movement, it also helps you to become more aware of your body’s posture, movement, and alignment. In turn, this will, over time, help you to become a lot more flexible, allowing you to relax even when you are most stressed.
When all of this is compounded together, many people begin yoga to help them feel fitter, thus making them happier, giving them more energy and at peace with themselves.
Yoga itself is thousands of years old. The movements practiced during yoga are based on ancient observations and theories about the connection between the mind and the body, which is now also being discovered through modern medicine.
There has been a lot of research into the benefits of yoga, which are grouped into three categories: physiological (the body), psychological (the mind), and biochemical (chemical processes in living organisms).
Scientific research suggests that there are many physiological benefits of doing yoga. Some of these benefits include:
- A reduction in your pulse, breathing rate, and blood pressure as the touring body becomes more relaxed.
- Your respiratory and cardiovascular efficiency increases as you practice and hone new breathing techniques.
- Your flexibility and range of movement increases.
- Eye-hand coordination and reaction times improve as you become more aware of your movements and surroundings.
- Your posture, strength, and resilience, and endurance will all improve over time.
Not only is yoga good for your body, but it also good for your mind. Something that yogis believe is paramount to achieving harmony through yoga.
- Your mood and well-being should improve as you begin to relax.
- Your memory and concentration improve as you focus on learning new moves, moving into, and holding them.
- Your learning efficiency improves, as does your depth perception.
- Anxiety and depression should decrease as you find unity between mind and body.
Finally, there are biochemical benefits to practicing yoga in how our body handles the chemicals in our bodies to keep us in balance.
- A general decrease in total cholesterol (made up of many elements), glucose, sodium, total white blood cell count.
- A general increase in hemoglobin, lymphocytes, thyroxin, vitamin C, and total protein serum.
Yoga brings together all elements of your body to help improve its overall balance and well-being through increased activity and thought into how your body works together with your mind.