Some of the Benefits of Regular Yoga Practice
As scientific studies have found, yoga lowers heart rates, reduces blood pressure, and decreases the production of stress hormones such as cortisol. High levels of cortisol are linked to depression, osteoporosis, and abdominal weight gain.
Enhanced immune function
Yoga’s postures improve the flow of the lymphatic system, responsible for fighting infection and releasing toxins from the body.
Increased flexibility and range of motion
When you practice regularly, yoga is an effective way to increase flexibility and the range of motion in your joints.
Yoga stretches your muscles as well as all of the body’s soft tissues, including the ligaments, tendons, and the fascia sheath that covers the muscles. There are already quite a few studies pointing to the benefits of yoga in alleviating specific kinds of pain that limit mobility, including osteoarthritis, lower back pain, and fibromyalgia.
Increased strength and muscle mass
Yoga is a powerful strength-building exercise for every part of the body, including the muscles of your core, back, legs, chest, and arms. This helps prevent problems such as back pain and arthritis. As you strengthen your body, you also build your inner strength, discipline, and self-confidence.
Yoga balances the central nervous system and endocrine system and stimulates the release of endorphins – natural mood-elevating neurochemicals. As you practice, your mind relaxes and you’re able to stop dwelling on stressful thoughts and situations.
Deep relaxation (YOGA NIDRA)
If your muscles are tense when you fall asleep, they will stay that way. When you practice Yoga Nidra, you consciously relax your muscles one by one. Yoga Nidra is a dynamic deep relaxation. One hour of Yoga Nidra is equivalent to four hours of sleep.