Five Yoga Benefits You Never Thought Of
We all know that yoga increases flexibility and helps control stress, but are you aware that this practice can do so much more than that? Maybe not, just like the rest of us. , maybe 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:
Boosts Immune Functions
According to a recent Norwegian study, yoga creates changes in gene expression in a way that strengthens immunity at the cellular level. And it takes a relatively short time for the changes to set in. Researchers say this can even happen in the middle of your yoga session. Just by improving your general health, yoga is already making your immune system stronger. As your breathing improves, so do your movements and so does your blood circulation, leading to better cellular nutrition.
Research shows that a mere three months of yoga is all you need to effectively reduce the frequency and intensity of migraines. The cause of migraine is not clearly known, but experts say it could be due to a combination of physical and mental stressors.
Enhances Sexual Performance
Research indicates that just three months yoga can bring significant improvements in sexual performance and satisfaction for men and women alike. How? Physically speaking, yoga pumps up blood circulation throughout the whole body, including the genital area. We know how important this is in arousal and maintain an erection. On top of that, the increase in blood flow also strengthens the themoola bandha or pelvic floor muscles. On a mental level, yoga’s breathing and mind control techniques help the person improve sexual performance.
Helps Improve Sleep Quality
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. In related research, it was discovered that twice-a-week yoga helped cancer survivors feel and sleep better. This can be linked to yoga’s ability to fight stress. Sleep issues are like anxiety in many ways. With yoga’s breathing and mental techniques, you can teach your mind to go easy, and that will help you improve your sleep.
Prevents Food Cravings
University of Washington researchers found that regular yoga can help promote mindful eating, physical and an overall awareness of emotional and physical sensations that come with eating. Finally, one of the best benefits of breath awareness is its ability to strengthen mind-body connection. Such awareness helps you stay in touch emotions deep within that come with certain cravings, in turn making you slow down and make more rational choices when those cravings strike.