Unleash the Power of Yoga: 7 Incredible Ways Yoga Transforms Your Body
Yoga has been practiced for thousands of years. Back in India, yoga is seen as a form of medicine that can help to heal diseases, relieve pain and reduce stress. The practice offers numerous benefits for both body and mind that go far beyond flexibility and strength.
Many practitioners are not fully aware of the unbelievable benefits yoga has to offer.
In this blog post, we’ll explore the numerous benefits of yoga for your body, and how it can improve your overall health and well-being.
The most commonly asked question is probably this one:
Can yoga help you loose weight?
And we have good news: The answer is yes!
By increasing the heart rate through dynamic movements, such as sun salutations, yoga can burn a lot of energy. Some yoga poses, such as twists, are believed to increase the digestive fire, which can help to stimulate the metabolism and clear out toxins and undigested food from the body.
Most importantly, yoga creates a sense of increased mindfulness in all areas of life, including awareness to how we eat and what our body actually needs.
However, the power of yoga goes way beyond weight aspects.
You won’t believe these incredible things yoga does to your body.
One of the most obvious benefits of practicing yoga is increased flexibility. Many yoga poses, such as downward-facing dog and forward fold, involve stretching the muscles as well as the tissues. Over time, these stretches can help to increase your range of motion and improve your overall flexibility. Despite the common belief that you must be flexible to practice yoga, this is actually only a side effect of a regular practice. The true power of yoga postures in the continuous purification of the body.
If you are regularly practicing, you know that yoga is not just about flexibility and stretching. Yoga also enables you to build strength in the muscles throughout your entire body. Many poses require you to hold your body weight in different positions, which can help to strengthen your core, arms, backs and legs. By putting the body into more uncommon poses, you can engage muscles you never knew you had.
Reduced Back Pain and Tension
Through mobilizing the spine you can release tension from your back which might help reduce back pain in the long run. Strengthening the muscles in the shoulders and back can help find a better posture which reduces common postural problems, such as scoliosis or lordosis. Have you tried a cat-cow movement? This works wonders in terms of releasing muscle tension and massages your entire spine.
Reduced Stress and Anxiety
Yoga is also an excellent way to reduce stress and anxiety. When you practice yoga, you focus on your breath and your body, which can help to calm the mind and reduce the negative effects of stress.
Breathing exercises can directly influence the autonomic nervous system by engaging the vagus nerve. The vagus nerve which connects body and brain is responsible for the stress reactions we might feel in our body, such as stomach aches or tightness. By toning the vagus nerve, yoga can bring the nervous system from a state of survival into a state of rest. In fact, research has shown that practicing yoga can lower cortisol levels, the hormone that is often associated with stress, and reduce overstimulation.
Improved Balance and Coordination
Yoga is a great way to improve your balance and coordination. Some yoga poses require a strong focus as they challenge you to balance on one foot, the hands or knees, which can help to improve your overall balance. Additionally, yoga helps to improve your body awareness, through mindful movement and attention to bodily sensations. This can contribute to overall coordination and grace.
Inflammation is a natural response of the body to injury or infection, but chronic inflammation can be harmful and contribute to the development of diseases. Research has shown that practicing yoga can help to reduce inflammation in the body, by reducing stress, activating the parasympathetic nervous system and enhancing immune function. A regular yoga practice can increase the production of antibodies and the function of immune cells.
Improved Cardiovascular Health
Finally, practicing yoga can also help to improve your cardiovascular health. Yoga sequences, such as the sun salutation, can help to increase your heart rate and improve blood flow throughout your body. Studies have found that regularly getting your heart rate up can prevent heartattacks and depression. Additionally, yoga can help to reduce high blood pressure, which is a risk factor for heart disease.
Yoga offers numerous benefits for the body, including increased flexibility, strength, and relaxation. It is an amazing way to prevent common diseases, boost your immune system and improve overall wellbeing. The power of yoga lies in the continuos purification of the body through movement and breath, combined with the purification of the mind through applied yogic principles and philosophy. The body is the vehicle to reach the ultimate goal of yoga, a higher state of consciousness and peace. True liberation can be reached by aligning the body with the mind and spirit, creating union.
Curious to learn more about the origins of yoga? Also read this article: Where did Yoga originate? Tracing the Fascinating Roots of this Timeless Practice
Did you know that yoga classes are included in your all-inclusive stay at Eagle’s Nest? Find our schedule here.