Yoga Benefits You Never Thought Of
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:
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. In fact, researchers say, it can happen while you’re still on the mat! 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.
Studies indicate that migraine attacks can come less frequently and painfully after just three months of regular yoga. 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
Twelve weeks of yoga, according to a study, is enough to improve 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 how important this is in arousal and maintain an erection. Additionally, increased blood flow also strengthens the pelvic floor muscles known as themoola bandha. On a mental level, yoga’s breathing and mind control techniques help the person improve sexual performance.
Improves Sleeping Patterns
After eight weeks of daily yoga, sleep patterns of insomniacs can improve based on a Harvard study. 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 are like anxiety in many ways. Through yoga’s breathing and mental exercises, you can train your mind to slow down, and that will help you sleep better.
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. Finally, through breath awareness, yoga can strengthen the connection between the mind and the body. 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.