Yoga Benefits You Never Thought Of
We all know that yoga is effective in achieving flexibility and fighting stress, but did it occur to you that it offers many other benefits? Probably not. But yes, those relatively unknown benefits are as real as yoga itself.
If you’ve been planning on learning yoga but need more reasons to get started, the following should give you that final push:
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 takes a relatively short time for the changes to set in. Researchers say this can even happen in the middle of your yoga session. Just by improving your general health, yoga is already making your immune system stronger. As your breathing gets better, so do your movements and blood circulation, thus ensuring that all your cells are getting proper nutrition.
Research shows that a mere three months of yoga is all you need to effectively reduce the frequency and intensity of migraines. The cause of migraine is not clearly known, but experts say it could be due to a combination of physical and mental stressors.
Improves Sexual Performance
In a study, 12 weeks of yoga can improve libido, sexual performance and overall satisfaction for both men and women. 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. On top of that, the increase in blood flow also strengthens the themoola bandha or pelvic floor muscles. On a mental level, yoga’s breathing and mind control techniques help the person improve sexual performance.
Improves Sleeping Patterns
Based on the results of a Harvard study, eight weeks of daily yoga improves sleep quality for people suffering from insomnia. It was also proven in related research that doing yoga twice a week helped cancer survivors feel less fatigued and sleep better. This can be linked to yoga’s ability to fight stress. 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 allows you to be in touch with deep-seated emotions that you have subconsciously attached to certain cravings; as a result, you slow down and make better decisions each time those cravings set in.