What Does Yoga Do For Your Body (Part One)

There are numerous types of yoga that works different parts of your body at different levels of intensity. Such as Hatha, Bikram, Viniyoga, Kundalini, ect. What they all have in common, is that they are beneficial for your body and health. Here are 5 examples of how. Keep in mind that there are many more ways than this and I will mention more in a later post. It is also important to note that these benefits will not be seen overnight, so stick to it!

1. Better Flexibility

Have you ever seen an experienced yogi, or yogini, twist themselves into a pretzel yoga pose and you think, wow that looks impossible. It may look mind blowing and unimaginable that a human body can do that, but if you put your mind to it and practice enough, you can get there too. The trick is to keep your body in the condition to do such movements. If you don’t, then you will lose the ability. Overtime you will notice your body loosening up.

2. More Strength/Tones Your Body 

Some people say that yoga is not a workout, but they are wrong. It may not be the same as traditional workouts, such as lifting weights or running on a treadmill, but you are still working your body out by using your own body weight as resistance. A big portion of yoga is holding the poses you are in, which naturally strengthens your muscles. As you get stronger, poses get easier and you move onto the more difficult ones.

All yoga is, is moving and it gives you the same results as other forms of workouts do. This means that you can also lose weight from yoga, but without the use of equipment. A worry that women may have is: will this make me bulky? Don’t worry, it will not make you bulky, it gives you stronger muscles, a nice lean body, and more confidence in the way you look.

3. Better Sleep

You may hear often that doctors or sleep experts recommend 8-9 hours of sleep, but who really gets that much? Studies have shown that yoga improves sleep patterns and habits, which in itself, helps with insomnia. If you are someone struggling to get a good night sleep, try yoga. According to a study done by Harvard Medical School, by practicing yoga, 55% of people involved in the study found that it helped them sleep.

Yoga is a great way to wind down from your day because it relaxes your mind. If you are kept up by a racing mind, then you may find relief in practicing yoga at some point in your day.

4. Better Circulation

With all the twisting motions and upside down poses that come with practicing yoga, it really gets your heart pumping and blood circulating. This means that fresh blood and oxygen are being delivered to your cells and organs, amplifying their function. According to studies:

“Twisting poses wring out venous blood from internal organs and allow oxygenated blood to flow in when the twist is released. Inverted poses encourage venous blood flow from the legs and pelvis back to the heart and then pumped through the lungs where it becomes freshly oxygenated.”

Yoga also thins the blood which can decrease the risk of heart disease and stroke, since they are often caused by blood clots. Additionally, yoga prevents your hands and feet from swelling.

5. Boosts Immunity

Do you notice that every month or every couple months you are battling another cold? If so, you probably have a weak immune system. A couple of reasons may be lack of sleep, chronic stress, or poor digestion. Since yoga improves each of these things, it’s not surprising that yoga can boost your immune system.

According to doctors, yoga can activate the four main psychological systems that are linked to your immune system. They include the circulatory, digestive, nervous, and endocrine systems. There are various poses that benefit these systems. By practicing yoga, it’s likely that you are benefiting at least one of these systems.

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