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? Maybe not, just like the rest of us. , maybe not. But those less known benefits are as real as yoga itself.
If you’ve been considering learning yoga but need a little more convincing, the following may be more than enough:
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. Yoga also helps make your immune system stronger just by improving your overall health. 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 has not been scientifically established, but according to experts, it could be linked to mental as well as physical stressors.
Enhances Sexual Performance
Research indicates that just three months yoga can bring significant improvements in sexual performance and satisfaction for men and women alike. How? In terms of the physical effect, yoga boosts blood circulation all around the body, including the genital area. We know that this is important 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, a person’s sexual performance is improved by yoga’s breathing and mind control exercises.
Helps Improve Sleep Quality
After eight weeks of daily yoga, sleep patterns of insomniacs can improve based on a Harvard study. In a related study, researchers also found that cancer survivors slept better and felt less fatigued with regular twice-a-week yoga sessions. This can be linked to yoga’s ability to fight stress. Sleep problems are not so different from anxiety. With yoga’s breathing and mental techniques, you can teach your mind to go easy, and that will help you improve your sleep.
Prevents Food Cravings
University of Washington researchers found that regular yoga can help promote mindful eating, physical and an overall awareness of emotional and physical sensations that come with eating. Lastly, one of the best things about breath awareness is its ability to reinforce mind and 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.