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5 surprising benefits of yoga

  • Published at 04:51 pm October 17th, 2016
5 surprising benefits of yoga
We all know that yoga reduces stress and increases flexibility. But do we know that the practice of it has other hidden benefits, than just finding your inner peace or making your body ready for the next game of Twister. This week, we give you five new benefits of yoga which will help you in your everyday life.

Boost immunity

A recent Norwegian study found that yoga practice results in changes in gene expression that boost immunity at a cellular level. Yoga helps to boost immunity by simply increasing overall health. As you breathe better, move better and circulate better, all the other organs start functioning better.

Reduces migraines

Research shows that migraine sufferers have fewer and less painful migraines after three months of yoga practice. The cause of migraines isn’t fully understood, but it could be due to a combination of mental stressors and physical misalignment. Hunching over a computer or cell phone with your shoulders up and head forward causes tightening of the neck. This pulls the head forward and creates muscle imbalances that can contribute to headaches and migraines.

No more insomnia

Researchers from Harvard found that eight weeks of daily yoga significantly improved sleep quality for people with insomnia. Other studies have found that practising yoga twice every week helped cancer survivors sleep better and feel less fatigued. This can be attributed to yoga’s ability to help people deal with stress. Breathing and mental exercises allow the mind to slow down, so you’re going to start to see yourself sleep better.

Fends off food cravings

Regular yoga practice is associated with mindful eating. It is an awareness of physical and emotional sensations associated with eating. By causing breath awareness, regular yoga practice strengthens the mind-body connection. The awareness can help you tune in to emotions involved with certain cravings, and yoga breathing exercises can help you slow down. and make better choices when cravings strike!

Improves sexual performance

It has been found through studies that 12 weeks of yoga can improve sexual desire, arousal, performance, confidence, and satisfaction for both men and women. Physically, yoga increases blood flow into the genital area, and strengthens the pelvic floor muscles. Mentally, the breathing and mind control involved with the practice can also improve performance.