Yoga: here how it transforms body and mind from the first lessononwards

The practice of Yoga transforms the body and mind from the first lesson onwards. In recent years, scientific research has focused on the beneficial effects of Yoga on our health, with particular reference to some types of practice, such as Hatha Yoga, Bikram Yoga, and Iyengar Yoga.

I benefits of Yoga are evident from the first lessons. Often those who approach the practice are looking for more relaxation and in this case, research confirms the reduction of stress levels as one of the main benefits of Yoga, probably also thanks to the relaxation and breathing techniques that can accompany the asanas.

Here are some of the many positive transformations that those who decide to approach Yoga and carry out a regular and constant practice to fully enjoy its benefits could encounter over time.


Improved brain function

After 20 minutes of practice Hatha Yoga – based mainly on asanas – an improvement in cognitive functions, an increase in attention and memory at work can be found, as demonstrated by a study University of Illinois in which participants who practiced yoga performed better in brain function tests than another group of people who did 20 minutes of aerobics.

Reduction of stress levels

Yoga helps relieve stress. This power likely comes from its ability to reduce the activity of proteins known to play a role in the inflammatory process, according to a study published by researchers atUniversity of California.

Altering the expression of genes

And small studio conducted in Norway suggested that many of Yoga’s health benefits may be related to its ability to modify the expression of genes immune cells.

Greater flexibility

One studio conducted recently at Colorado State University found that the Bikram Yoga – with specific reference to performing 26 positions in 90 minutes inside a heated room – helps to increase flexibility of the shoulders, back and knees. According to the same research, it also helps develop greater endurance and reduce body fat.

New good habits

Decide to practice Yoga every dayor at least on a regular basis, helps to establish new habits which can concern both self-care and other areas of one’s life. Yoga stimulates willpower and the desire to improve oneself with constant commitment, it teaches not to be too rigid with oneself but at the same time not to give in to laziness, to recognize one’s limits and to understand how to overcome them in case is necessary.


Lowers blood pressure

People with mild or moderate hypertension could benefit from practicing Yoga, as one points out studio from the University of Pennsylvania. The researchers found that people who practiced yoga enjoyed a greater reduction in blood pressure than those who participated in a nutritional program.

Improves lung capacity

A little studio conducted at Ball State University found that practice Hatha Yoga for 15 weeks it could significantly increase vital lung capacity, which is the maximum amount of air exhaled after taking a deep breath.

Improves sex life

A study conducted in Harvard in 2009 proved that Yoga can help increase both the wish that the sexual satisfactionwith particular reference to women, also because it would help them to be more familiar with your body.

Reduces neck pain

One I study German published in The Journal of Pain showed that four weeks of practice of Yoga Iyengar (a type of Yoga which emphasizes the importance of the alignment of the different parts of the body in asanas and which uses supports, such as straps and bricks) is effective in reducing the intensity of pain in adults suffering from chronic neck pain.

Relieves anxiety

One studio conducted in 2010 by researchers at Boston University demonstrated thatand 12 weeks of Yoga practice could contribute to reduce anxiety and to increase levels of gamma-aminobutyric acid in the brain. Low levels of this substance are linked to disorders such as anxiety and depression.

Stabilizes blood sugar

Add Yoga to the tips to follow for diabetes management can help stabilize blood sugar levels, according to one studio published in Diabetes Care in 2011. Furthermore, just three months of practice would lead to a decrease in body mass index, a factor that would help reduce blood sugar levels. Experts remind us that Yoga should accompany other forms of regular physical activity – and not replace them – particularly in patients suffering from both type 2 diabetes and obesity.

Improves balance

According to one studio conducted in 2008 at Temple University, follow an Iyengar designed Yoga program for the elderly can be helpful to improve balance and help prevent falls in women over 65 years of age.


Stronger bones

One pilot study conducted in 2009 by Loren Fishman demonstrated that practicing Yoga can improve bone density, with particular reference to older people. A group of elderly people were monitored for bone density before and after practicing a cycle of Yoga lessons lasting two years. An increase in bone density was detected in those who had practiced, while in the control group, who had not dedicated themselves to Yoga, a reduction was found, just as would commonly be expected in older people as they age.

Reduction of body weight

The researchers of Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center of Seattle found an association between a regular practice of Yoga and reduction of body weight – or maintaining a healthy, stable weight – among more than 15,000 healthy middle-aged people.

Reduced risk of heart disease

As an integral part of one healthy lifestyle yoga can help reduce cardiovascular risk factors, such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol and blood sugar levels. According to the experts of HarvardYoga is as good for your heart and cardiovascular health as other physical activities, including cycling.

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