The oriental practice of yoga has now become a symbol of peace, serenity, and well-being of the West. Today we live in a world and in a society where lack of time and stress is the daily bread. It is getting harder and harder for us to take time to keep fit or relax and live in a quieter way, but what if we found Yoga how changes your body to improve our health both physically and emotionally at the same time? What if it were also something that both children and adults or older people can do?
It is clear that learning to manage stress is one of the benefits of yoga scientifically proven but there are many more and this is what we will see next.
The yoga is a physical and mental ancient practice that has been expanding worldwide because of its benefits a mentally stable and guarantees a firm body and benevolent spirit.
It is an ancient art that has demonstrated extensively that it can improve our quality of life, not only physically but also mentally and spiritually.
This mind and body exercise is characterized by its ability to reduce stress and promote well-being, but it also offers vast physical health benefits that rival other forms of exercise. Although the general situation of scientific research on the benefits of yoga has not yet matured, here we show you what we know so far about the potential effects on the body.
After a yoga class
Improves brain function
Only 20 minutes of yoga — an ancient form of this practice that places more emphasis on physical postures than on flow or sequences — can improve cognitive function, stimulating operational memory and attention. In a study from the University of Illinois (USA), participants who had just done yoga had significantly better results in brain function tests, in contrast to the results they obtained after 20 minutes of intense aerobic exercise.
Reduce stress levels
The stress-killing powers of yoga may come from its ability to reduce the activity of proteins known to play a role in the inflammation process, according to Los Angeles researchers in a study published last year at the University Of California.
Alters gene expression
A small Norwegian study suggested that the multiple benefits of yoga for health could derive from its influence on gene expression in cells of the immune system.
A recent study from Colorado State University found that Bikram yoga — a form of yoga in which a series of 26 postures are performed for 90 minutes in a high-temperature room — is related to increased shoulder flexibility, the lower back, and the hams, in addition to increasing the strength in deadweight and decreasing body fat, compared to the control group.
After a few months of yoga
Lower blood pressure
People with mild or moderate hypertension could benefit from the practice of yoga since a study from the University of Pennsylvania found that it could help lower blood pressure levels. The researchers in this study found that people who practiced yoga had a greater decrease in blood pressure compared to those who participated in a walk-based orientation program and in the control of nutrition and weight.
Improvement of sexual function
A 2009 Harvard Medical School study published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine, The Journal of Sexual Medicine, proved that yoga could increase arousal, desire, orgasm and overall sexual satisfaction for women. Yoga can also improve women’s sexual life by helping them become more familiar with their own bodies, according to an analysis published in the journal specialized in sex and marital therapy Journal of Sex and Marital Therapy, according to CNN.
Chronic neck pain reduction
A German study published in the journal on the pain The Journal of Pain showed that four weeks practicing Iyengar yoga (a type of hatha yoga that emphasizes proper alignment and the use of braces) is effective in reducing pain intensity in suffering adults of chronic neck pain.
A 2010 Boston University study proved that 12 weeks of yoga could help reduce anxiety and increase levels of γ-aminobutyric acid, GABA, in the brain (low levels of GABA have been linked to depression and anxiety).
Relief of chronic back pain
Researchers at the University of West Virginia discovered that Iyengar yoga was more effective in reducing pain and improving mood than traditional medicine treatments among those who have chronic pain problems in the lower back.
Stable sugar levels in diabetics
If yoga exercise is added to a typical diabetes treatment regimen, a stable blood glucose level could be obtained, according to a 2011 study by the American Diabetic Association, Diabetes Care. Reuters reported that three months of yoga in addition to treatment for diabetics causes a decrease in body mass index and no increase in blood sugar levels.
It improves the sense of balance
It was discovered that those who followed an Iyengar yoga program, designed for older adults, were able to improve their balance and help prevent falls in women over 65, according to Temple University study.
After years of yoga
A 2009 pilot study by Dr. Loren Fishman proved that the practice of yoga can increase bone density in older adults. “We performed a bone density test (DEXA), then we taught half of the yoga, we waited two years and took another test,” Fishman told The Huffington Post. “And these people not only did not lose bone mass, but they won it. Those who did not practice yoga lost some bone mass, as you could imagine.”
Researchers at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle found a relationship between regular yoga practice and a decrease in weight – or at least weight maintenance – in more than 15,000 healthy middle-aged adults.
“Those who were overweight when they started practicing yoga lost more than two kilos, while those who during the same period did not practice yoga gained more than six kilos,” researcher Alan Kristal, a doctor in public health, told WebMD.
Less risk of heart disease
As part of a healthy lifestyle, yoga can reduce cardiovascular risk factors such as hypertension, high cholesterol, and hyperglycemia, according to reports from the Harvard Health Publications