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50 Benefits of Yoga

Benefits of yoga

The practice of yoga has several benefits at physical, emotional, mental and spiritual levels. On a physical level, it can build muscle strength, improve balance and flexibility, and help with weight loss. It can improve joint health and help with back pain. Yoga also improves posture and alignment, which can help prevent many other types of pain. Lower blood pressure and cholesterol are other positive side-effects of practicing yoga, as well as better circulation, respiration and better immunity. The practice of yoga also stimulates the lymphatic system, helping with the release of toxins out of the body and bringing oxygenated blood to the organs.

However, the benefits of yoga go well beyond these physical aspects. The practice of yoga provides a way of connecting with the body, therefore making people feel better about themselves and boosting their confidence. The mind-body connection is strengthened and can eventually lead to transformations in life-style. This is because making healthier choices will become important not only to a established yoga practice, but also because it will lead to a greater sense of well-being. The practice of yoga further contributes to a greater peace of mind and sense of relaxation because it helps to relive stress and unclutter the mind. A greater body awareness is also developed, encouraging self-care, which can lead to some behaviour changes, like eating better to improve digestion and be more aware of food cravings. Mental faculties, such as creativity, imagination and focus can also be improved due to the flow of blood to the brain.

On a more spiritual level, the practice of yoga eventually leads to a quest for the true self, an inner journey to find who we really are. By developing a greater awareness, it will become easier to experience the subtler aspects of life and to connect to what is beyond us.

Here are 50 benefits of yoga

Physical

  1. Betters bone health
  2. Boosts immune system
  3. Helps with lymphatic drainage
  4. Builds muscle strength
  5. Drops blood pressure
  6. Eases pain
  7. Gives the lungs room to breath
  8. Helps you breathe better
  9. Greater body awareness
  10. Helps the body detoxify
  11. Helps with weight loss
  12. Helps to sleep better
  13. Improves balance
  14. Improves coordination
  15. Improves flexibility
  16. Increases blood flow
  17. Increases energy-level
  18. Keeps viruses and allergies away
  19. Lowers blood sugar
  20. Lowers cholesterol
  21. Maintains nervous system
  22. Perfects posture
  23. Prevents digestive problems
  24. Prevents cartilage and joint breakdown
  25. Protects the spine
  26. Regulates adrenal glands
  27. Regulates hormones
  28. Releases tension
  29. Supports the connective tissue
  30. Fights food cravings
  31. Boosts sexual performance
  32. Eases migraines

Mental

  1. Helps to focus
  2. Helps to develop mindfulness
  3. Improves concentration
  4. Improves brain function

Emotional

  1. Boosts confidence
  2. Benefits relationships
  3. Encourages self-care
  4. Encourages self-healing
  5. Contributes to a healthier lifestyle
  6. Gives peace of mind
  7. Increases self-esteem
  8. Makes you happier
  9. Relaxes your system
  10. Contributes to stress and anxiety reduction

Spiritual

  1. Builds awareness for transformation
  2. Encourages spiritual growth
  3. Gives inner strength
  4. Helps to meditate

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