As you may know, yoga is not like other sports or soft gyms: it requires some intense physical exercises as well as being fully present at every moment with your mind. Indeed, purpose of yoga is to reunite your body with your mind, which are usually far away in our modern world.
More and more people are starting to take an interest into yoga. There are now about 270 millions of yogis (yoga practitioners) worldwide, 36.7 millions in the US and more than 2 millions in France. If you want to know why yoga has become so popular these past years, don’t hesitate to check this article: 9 Most Famous Yoga Styles and How to Choose the Right One for You!
When you practice yoga, you do a series of several asanas (poses), pranayama (breathing techniques) and meditation. Don’t be surprise if your doctor prescribes you some yoga classes. Indeed, it’s not unusual as it has many proven benefits on your health.
9 Benefits that Yoga Has on Your Body
- Direct mechanical massage effect on your guts
- Relaxation of your diaphragm, which is a muscle located between your thorax and abdomen. With every breathing, it lifts and lowers and which produces a massage on the digestive organs
- Stretching and relaxation of the muscles
- Stretching of your ligaments and tendons around your joints
- Activation of your blood circulation which produces a blood flow towards your heart and brain
- Slowdown of your sympathetic nervous system, which is activated in case of stress
- Activation of your parasympathetic nervous system which regulates digestion. This system is associated with calm as it’s lowering the heart rate and blood pressure
- Stimulation of the baroreceptors which are located around your heart and neck thanks to some reverse poses. They are really sensitive to blood pressure and help to regulate it
- Secretion of neuromediators in your brain, such as endorphins, melatonin, serotonin… They are all implicated in good mood and sleep
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#1- Digestive Disorders
Do you often have problem with your digestive transit? Or a bloated stomach with chronic pains? And of course, everything is even worst if you are under stress!
Well, these diseases are all linked to your feelings and stress level. By practicing yoga, you can actually act on both of these factors. Yoga will relax you and remove those pains in your stomach and guts. This study indeed proves that yoga does relieve your stomach pains, reduce your anxiety, and improve your life quality.
How Is Yoga Acting on Your Digestive Disorders?
- As said above, yoga acts on your parasympathetic nervous system, which basically regulate the digestive process by stimulating the locomotion of intestinal secretion
- Deep-breathing exercises, such as abdominal breathing and specific forward flexion poses, are massaging your digestive organs and boosting your transit
- Twisting poses, when your chest or legs are turned on the side, are also massaging your guts. They also can remove some minor back problems that can be responsible of stomach pains
- Reversed poses, when your head is down, lowest than your heart, relieve your guts
- Some yoga poses strengthen your abs, which are essential in order to support your intestine and boost your transit
How Long Does It Take To Act?
You will notice an improvement in your digestive disorders after 2 or 3 weeks of practicing 2 or 4 breathing poses everyday. Best is to continue to do yoga even if you’re not in pain or stressed anymore so that it doesn’t come back.
#2- Back Pains
Back pains can be so annoying! You’ve certainly already block your back in the past, and even felt uncomfortable to move because you’re afraid it’s going to be worse. Well, yoga can help you with these pains.
It’s really important to know that if you suffer from a sciatic, you should definitely avoid some asanas such as twisting poses or deep stretchings. However, some poses and movements can help you to feel better.
Yoga can help you with some old back pains by teaching you how to move better and feel better in your body.
How Is Yoga Acting on Your Back Pains?
- Yoga is stretching your spine. It’s relieve your muscles tights around your spine and psoas which are linking your lumbar vertebrates to your hip
- Stretchings and forward bending poses improve your back legs flexibility. If your leg muscle are stiff, it can increase the pressure on your back
- Breathing twisting poses realign your vertebrates. That will relieve some local inflammations caused by intervertebral displacements
- Some poses such as half-bridge can extend your spine and relieve your vertebrates
How Long Does It Take To Act?
You can already feel better after the first practice and have increased relieving effects and less pain after 15 days. You don’t need to practice a lot but often, at least one every once or twice a day. For example, you can start with a 10 minute practice with 3 poses and breathing exercises.
#3- High Blood Pressure
Yoga is perfect as it makes you move regardless of your physical capacities and acts on factors that directly impact blood pressure, such as insomnia, stress, anxiety…
This study conducted on persons suffering of high blood pressure shows that 2 weekly practices of Hatha Yoga help them to lower their blood pressure. Note that a lower blood pressure prevent from cardiovascular diseases.
How Is Yoga Acting on Your Blood Pressure?
- Series of dynamic poses, such as the sun salutation, build up your endurance and cardio. These types of exercises stimulate your cardiac functions and lower your blood pressure
- By boosting your blood flow, yoga improves your arteries elasticity. They will be more dilated, which will lower your blood pressure
- Yoga makes you sleep better. A bad sleep is one of the main factor of a risk of arterial hypertension
- Breathing poses and meditation, even short ones, help to reduce stress and feel better
How Long Does It Take To Act?
You’ll have to practice everyday for a month for at least 10 minutes in order to lower your blood pressure. Everything is about consistency!
Vinyasa, Hatha, and Yin Yoga are perfect to lower blood pressure. They’re boosting your cardiovascular functions, emphasis on the breathing, and reduce stress. However, Bikram and Hot Yoga should not be considered as they’re practiced in a 40°C room temperature.