Yoga Health Benefits

Those that practice yoga speak of unification of the body, mind and spirit acquired through the practice of yoga exercises and techniques.

A fundamental belief that yogi share is that the mind and body are a unified structure that can find its harmony and heal itself in the proper environment. It is because of these principles and the results obtained that many doctors consider yoga as having therapeutic results, and recommend yoga for curing a number of illnesses, mainly related to the nervous system.

Yoga has been practiced for thousands of years and during these years many people benefited from the results obtained through its use. Investigations were conducted to clearly establish areas in which people could obtain health benefits by an extended practice. This information was grouped into three categories in which yoga practitioners were likely to observe improvements, physiological, psychological and biochemical.

From the physiological point of view, yoga practices can cure pulse rate decreases, respiratory and blood pressure problems, and can contribute to stabilizing the nervous system equilibrium, normalizing gastrointestinal functions and endocrine function. It also is known to increase joint range of motion, endurance level, energy level, disease immunity, cardiovascular efficiency, and eye hand coordination. It also improves coordination, reaction time, dexterity skills, depth perception, sleep and many other things.

Psychological benefits points to the fact that yoga can contribute to the increasing somatic and kinesthetic awareness, self-acceptance, self-actualization, social skills and well being. It can also improve concentration, memory, attention, mood, learning efficiency, symbol coding and other things.

Biochemical benefits of yoga include a decrease in glucose, sodium, cholesterol, white blood cell counts and an increase if Vitamin C, total serum protein, and hemoglobin among other things.

Various studies have also revealed that yoga is effective in increasing joint flexibility and the level of lubrication of joints, ligaments and tendons. Another interesting fact is that yoga is one of the few techniques that massage all internal organs and glands including those that are rarely stimulated during life such as the prostate. This massage of the internal organs helps ward off and prevent certain diseases.

These ancient techniques also guarantee a complete detoxification of the body. When stretching the muscles, due to the complexity of the exercises ensures that the optimum quantity of blood supply is available. As a consequence toxins are released form the body and some processes such as aging are considerably delayed.

All of the above benefits come in addition to the most important aspect provided by yoga which is the harmony and synchronization between body and mind and the strengthening of meditation and emotional systems.


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