Five Uncommon Benefits of Yoga
We all know that yoga increases flexibility and helps control stress, but are you aware that this practice can do so much more than that? Probably not. But yes, those relatively unknown benefits are as real as yoga itself.
If yoga has always been in your plans, except you haven’t found very good reasons to proceed, the following might just do the trick:
Boosts Immune Functions
According to a recent Norwegian study, yoga creates changes in gene expression in a way that strengthens immunity at the cellular level. And it doesn’t take long before the changes happen. Researchers say this can even occur while you’re doing your moves. Just by improving your general health, yoga is already making your immune system stronger. As your breathing improves, so do your movements and so does your blood circulation, leading to better cellular nutrition.
Studies indicate that migraine attacks can come less frequently and painfully after just three months of regular yoga. Migraine causes are still scientifically unclear, but experts have hinted that the condition could be caused by a combination of physical and mental issues affecting the sufferer.
Enhances Sexual Performance
Twelve weeks of yoga, according to a study, is enough to improve sexual performance and satisfaction for men and women alike. How? On a physical level, yoga increases blood flow throughout the body, and this includes the genital area. As we know, this is crucial to arousal and maintaining an erection. Additionally, increased blood flow also strengthens the pelvic floor muscles known as themoola bandha. Mentally, a person’s sexual performance is improved by yoga’s breathing and mind control exercises.
Helps with Sleep Patterns
A Harvard study was conducted and it was found that insomniacs experienced an improvement in their quality of sleep just after eight weeks of daily yoga. In related research, it was discovered that twice-a-week yoga helped cancer survivors feel and sleep better. This is associated with yoga’s stress-busting effects. Sleep issues and anxiety are very similar. With yoga’s breathing and mental techniques, you can teach your mind to go easy, and that will help you improve your sleep.
A study at the University of Washington proves that regular yoga helps a person develop a more mindful approach towards eating, as well as a deeper awareness of the physical and emotional aspects of this activity. Finally, one of the best benefits of breath awareness is its ability to strengthen mind-body connection. This awareness keeps you in touch with deep-seated feelings that are attached to certain cravings, thus making you slow down and make smarter choices every time those cravings strike.