Category: Yoga Written by Dr. Peter Wong
Today we're going to talk about ten lesser-known benefits of yoga that might surprise you. Yoga is for everyone regardless of age, fitness level, flexibility, strength or weight. However, what's even better though is that it is considered to be the best all-in-one exercise that ticks every box for those who simply want a bigger impact on their long-term health and well-being. A daily practice of yoga will bring you lots of different health benefits apart from keeping fit and relaxed.
Here's a list of the lesser-known benefits which you may enjoy if you make yoga your daily routine.
1. Stronger Immune System
One of the most significant health benefits of yoga is that your immune system will improve and get stronger. But how exactly can yoga lead to a better immunity? It is a known fact that yoga helps to reduce the blood pressure, calm the heart rate and relax the muscles. However, it also helps you to relax and eliminate or reduce stress which is directly related to the immune system because stress can negatively influence immune cells.
2. Increased Protection from Injuries
Doing any fitness activity or sport puts you at a higher risk of getting an injury. However, on the contrary, yoga allows you to develop an even deeper relationship and understanding of your body. Once you get to know your body fully and identify your limits, you can easily modify any yoga pose to suit your body type. As a result of increased body awareness, yoga will help you avoid injuries, but also will strengthen weaker areas within the body too.
3. Improved Focus on the Present
Yoga naturally includes a form of meditation and it makes you focus on the present and distance yourself from the past or the future. By doing yoga as a form of daily exercise, it will play a large role in developing peace and happiness since it doesn't allow you to dwell on the past. Therefore, by focusing on the present moment you'll get rid of all your negative and depressing thoughts.
4. Eat and Sleep Better
As we all know, eating well and sleeping well is one of the most crucial factors that affect our quality of life and health. What you may not know is that yoga helps to improve your diet and sleep. With all the stretching out, relaxing and slowing down your breathing, you actually boost your digestion and increase your serotonin levels which are both imperative for quality sleep and excellent food choices.
5. Improved Social Life
Yoga is considered quite a favorite exercise routine which means that many people are practicing it. In fact it has become one of the world's most popular forms of exercise and with this in mind its popularity can also help you improve your social life and meet new friends. You'll meet new people by merely joining a yoga class but the opportunity of socializing doesn't end there. Yoga is also a popular conversation topic, so you can use it to break the ice.
6. Relieve Arthritis Symptoms
If you are suffering from arthritis or chronic pain, one amazing benefit of yoga is that it relieves pain in the body. Yoga is a very gentle and minimal weight bearing exercise involving low impact movements of the joints. Hence, it is not surprising that people who suffer from arthritis or chronic pain may benefit from it. Yoga includes the ideal amount of movement which helps to relieve stiffness and pain.
7. Relieve a Hangover
If you had too many glasses of wine the night before, doing yoga in the morning is a great way to cure your hangover. An early yoga session will help you get rid of the toxins in your body through a gentle sweat out. Even just a light or gentle yoga session will increase the amount of blood flow to your brain and as a result it will help you relieve that hangover headache.
8. Ideal Pregnancy Workout
Unlike most of the exercises, workouts and sports which aren't suitable for pregnant women, yoga is actually recommended. Being an adjustable workout that enables you to modify your poses, yoga is perfect for pregnancy but that's not all. You can actually relieve labor pains thanks to yoga breathing techniques.
So now that you know all of the amazing benefits of yoga can bring along to your life it's the perfect time to join a yoga class or even start something online. There are so many amazing classes available online, especially now during the global pandemics.
Dr. Peter Wong
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Dr.Peter Wong affectionately known as Dr. Peter by his staff and patients has helped hundreds of patients achieve their dreams of the ultimate smile. He is happily married and has two wonderful children, Isabella and Christian. Dr. Peter enjoys blogging and spending as much time as possible with his family.
This article was submitted exclusively to CrystalWind.ca by Dr. Peter Wong.
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