Health Benefits of Yoga

Yoga comes with unique health benefits, Karen Asp writes on Chicago Health.  The benefits of yoga make the ancient practice even better.

Here are some reasons to incorporate yoga into your schedule regularly.

Help You Eat Better

With yoga, you see food as a fuel. A study from the University of Washington shows that people who practice yoga regularly eat more mindfully.

"Yoga encourages you to focus on your breathing, and the sensations in your body," says physician Jamie Zimmerman, MD. "This trains your brain to notice what's happening your body, helping you pay more attention to sensations of hunger and satiety." No more over-eating!

Help your heart

Researchers have found that yoga came with numerous heart-friendly benefits.

"Yoga can reduce high blood pressure, bad cholesterol, and stress, all risk factors for heart disease, says Larry Phillips, MD

Performing savasana is associated with greater improvements in blood pressure.

“Yoga achieved similar improvements to aerobic exercise,” says Myriam Hunink, M.D., Ph.D.

When you regularly get your heart rate into the aerobic range, you lower your risk of heart attack and can relieve depression. 

Bolster your bones

Strong muscles protect us from conditions like arthritis and back pain. 

About 15 minutes of yoga daily may keep your bones strong, according to a study.

Over 200 individuals practiced yoga for 12 minutes daily for two years.

They held 12 poses for 30 seconds each and this improved bone density. 

When you build strength through yoga, you balance it with flexibility.

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