Five Uncommon Benefits of Yoga
We already know that yoga helps fight stress and boosts flexibility, but have you heard about its many other benefits? Probably not. But yes, those relatively unknown benefits are as real as yoga itself.
If you’ve been considering learning yoga but need a little more convincing, the following may be more than enough:
Based on a recent Norwegian research project, yoga alters gene expression in a way that boosts immunity at the cellular level. And it doesn’t take a long time for the effect to set in. In fact, researchers say, it can happen while you’re still on the mat! Simply by making you generally healthier, yoga is already working on your immune system. The better you breathe, the better you move and the better your blood circulates around your body, ensuring that all cells are properly nourished.
Studies indicate that migraine attacks can come less frequently and painfully after just three months of regular yoga. Migraine causes are still scientifically unclear, but experts have hinted that the condition could be caused by a combination of physical and mental issues affecting the sufferer.
Improves Sexual Performance
In a study, 12 weeks of yoga can improve libido, sexual performance and overall satisfaction for both men and women. How? On a physical level, yoga increases blood flow throughout the body, and this includes the genital area. As we know, this is crucial to arousal and maintaining an erection. In addition, more blood flow means stronger themoola bandha or pelvic floor muscles. Mentally, a person’s sexual performance is improved by yoga’s breathing and mind control exercises.
Helps with Sleep Patterns
A Harvard study was conducted and it was found that insomniacs experienced an improvement in their quality of sleep just after eight weeks of daily yoga. It was also proven in related research that doing yoga twice a week helped cancer survivors feel less fatigued and sleep better. This can be linked to yoga’s ability to fight stress. Sleep issues are like anxiety in many ways. Through yoga’s breathing and mental exercises, you can train your mind to slow down, and that will help you sleep better.
Prevents Food Cravings
A study at the University of Washington proves that regular yoga helps a person develop a more mindful approach towards eating, as well as a deeper awareness of the physical and emotional aspects of this activity. Finally, one of the best benefits of breath awareness is its ability to strengthen mind-body connection. This awareness allows you to be in touch with deep-seated emotions that you have subconsciously attached to certain cravings; as a result, you slow down and make better decisions each time those cravings set in.