For thousands of years, practitioners of yoga have touted its physical and mental benefits. Physically, yoga helps to increase strength, flexibility and endurance. Psychologically, yoga will reduce stress and helps to cultivate mindfulness and an awareness of the immediate present when concentrating on poses.
But there are a few positive side-effects you might not expect when you make yoga classes a part of your regular exercise routine. We’ll talk about 5 of them, but you’ll most likely discover plenty of others over time.
- According to a recent Norwegian study, by practicing yoga regularly, your genetic makeup will change slightly and you will enjoy an increased immune system. Bear in mind that regular exercise will increase your overall health regardless.
- Duke University Medical Center recently performed a study suggesting that regular yoga can benefit those living with sleep problems, depression and schizophrenia. Yoga and meditation help to create higher levels of serotonin, the brain hormone that causes happiness.
- After three months of yoga practice, people who suffer from migraine headaches report them occurring less often and with less severity.
- In recent years, more couples have turned to yoga as a fertility aid. It helps the mother-to-be to relax, de-stress and improve the chances of conception.
- After a night of drinking, a yoga class is probably the last thing you want to do. But yoga is an excellent way to detoxify your entire system. Certain poses, such as shoulder stand and plow, will boost your metabolism. It also reverses blood flow to your brain, which creates balance in your body.