There are a myriad of ways to transform your health through Yoga.
Were you aware of the array of benefits that Yoga has been shown to offer people when it comes to ones health and healing? Current research continues to support the validity of such claims (Harvard Medical publication – An Introduction to Yoga). This report reveals with clinical research that Yoga offers so much more than a physical stretch, a way to strengthen and tone your body. It in fact it has a powerful effect on your whole health.
The Health Benefits of Yoga
The list of yoga’s health benefits is quite long and continually growing and more research is done. When it comes to scientific research, yoga is a tricky topic for many reasons, the main one being that there are so many types and styles of yoga. Each style and teachers offers something a little different. Some classes are more asana (physical) focus, while others focus more on pranayama (breathing) or meditation. The bottom line is that yoga has a lot to offer.
Harvard Medical School Special Health Report “An Introduction to Yoga” dedicates a chapter offering an overview of the research on yoga’s physical and mental benefits. Listed in this chapter:
- Reduced Stress
- Better Physical Health
- Reduced risk of heart disease
- Improved diabetes management
- Back pain relief
- Less arthritis pain
- Better mental health
- A sharper brain
- Less depression and anxiety
- Relief for PTSD
- Increased well-being
- Better sleep
- Better body awareness
- Weight loss
- Greater happiness
The publication also mentions “Why yoga has so many health benefits”
- It taps down on stress
- It reduces inflammation
- It tones the vagus nerve
- It amps up immunity
- It changes your brain
- It turns on genes that promote health
Yoga is the perfect remedy to assist with everything from heart disease to high pressure to anxiety and depression.
Yoga is a mind-body practice that considers the whole person. A yoga practice may include postures – either static or dynamic movements, breathing techniques, calmative or relaxation practices, practices that enhance vitality, or more contemplative practices such as meditation.
How we approach ones Yoga practice to restore health and provide healing ALWAYS depends on the person. Often when we are limited, or suffering with our health we forget or cannot see the other aspects of our being that we can tap into. Yes – we forget our potential – a well trained and experienced Yoga teacher or therapist can assist people to awaken these other aspects of themselves and see the potential for better functioning, health and healing.
In the Harvard Medical publication on Yoga there was mention of a Clinical Cardiology study where a yoga programme was shown to increase the flexibility of blood vessels by 69% and it even helped shrink blockages in arteries without the use of medications! Now this is promising.
Without a doubt this time-tested ancient practice – Yoga – is here to stay and we look forward to continue to hear more about Yoga’s vast application and usefulness to transform health and support healing.
“Tone and strengthen your body while you lower blood pressure … ease back pain … reduce the risk of heart disease … and improve your memory with YOGA!”
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