The Therapeutic Benefits of Yoga

Learn more about the numerous benefits of yoga for an optimal health. You will discover why we call Hatha Yoga a longevity science! Benefit of yoga is endless!

“If you do good to your body, your soul may want to stay.” -Indian proverb

We’ve all come to yoga for a reason. When I meet a new student in my yoga class, I always ask for that particular reason. The most common benefit of yoga that people tend to look for is to ease physical pain such as back pain. Other benefits frequently evoke is to calm down and feel relaxed. Health is not merely the absence of disease. It’s a state of harmony with our body, mind, breath and soul.

The term Hatha Yoga means to unite (yoga) the sun (ha), and the moon (tha), so that these two opposites can be in harmony. Yoga helps to develop physical and mental awareness to find balance. Quite a lifetime achievement! This mind-body approach have a positive impact on our well-being almost instantly when we hit the mat!

More your practice become regular and more it will improve your health, your quality of life. If you want to deepen your reading concerning Hatha Yoga, I heartily recommend this ebook, Pregnancy Yoga Resource from Jenny Miller. It is the book of reference for a lot of yogis! You can click on the link below to learn more about this great leader in the world of yoga. Yoga is for everyone! Children, elderly, pregnant women, everybody can feel their best physically, emotionally and mentally! Mental and muscular relaxation can be observe after your first yoga session.

Find out more on our step by step guide called Pregnancy Yoga Resource. Click here to download it in PDF format.

Here is a short list of yoga benefits:

  • Flexibility of your body and particularly of your spine.
  • Reducing fatigue and increasing your vital energy.
  • Easing back pain during pregnancy or general back pain.
  • Preventing sciatica (pressure on the sciatic nerve that causes pain).
  • Awareness of your body by toning your muscles.
  • Increasing gastric fire and improving digestion and elimination.
  • Be in the now!
  • Improving ability to deal with stress.
  • A better alignment and posture.
  • Boosting your metabolism and your immune system.
  • Improving skin tone.
  • Improving your quality of sleep.
  • Bonding with baby (if you are pregnant!).
  • Purifying your circulatory system.
  • Purifying your respiratory system.
  • Balancing hormonal secretions with a tonic endocrine system.
  • Slowing down the aging process.
  • Increasing your level of concentration and better mental clarity.
  • Increasing general productivity.
  • Improving your short term memory.
  • Providing a physical and emotional stability.
  • Improving your self-esteem.
  • Developing calmness from within and learning to appreciate it.
  • Improving your overall quality of life.

You are not convinced yet?

Benefits of Yoga and its Therapeutic Applications

Yoga can relieve serious health problems. A lot of scientific research have been made (and are still going) to measure benefits of yoga. With my personal practice, I have discover that yoga is a powerful tool for healing. It’s a great way to boost your level of energy. Get to be the scientist and measure your own observations! You will see for yourself!

Here are the principal therapeutic benefits when you include yoga in your lifestyle.

Positive Effects on Major Psychiatric Disorders

  • Yoga has positive effects on mild depression and sleep complaints, even in the absence of drug treatments (Frontiers in Psychiatry, 2013, Jan.).
  • Yoga influences key elements of the human body thought to play a role in mental health in similar ways to that of antidepressants and psychotherapy.
  • Yoga has positive effects on neurotransmitters and helps to improve symptoms (may have a role in the prevention) of depression, schizophrenia, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder orADHD, and sleep complaints (Frontiers in Psychiatry, 2013, Jan.).

Improves Cardiovascular Health

  • Yoga seems to fight different risk factors for cardiovascular disease as effectively as physical activities like cycling or brisk walking (European Journal of Preventive Cardiology, 2014, Dec.).
  • Yoga practice is associated with attenuated weight gain in healthy middle-aged men and women (Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine, 2005, Jul.).
  • Lower cholesterol (Indian Heart Journal, 1999, Jan.-Feb.).
  • Provide better glycemic control in type 2 diabetics (Journal Association of Physicians of India, 2004, Mar.).

Benefits of Yoga in Fibromyalgia Symptoms

Yoga reduces symptoms of chronic pain and psychological stress in women with fibromyalgia (Kathryn Curtis, York University of Canada, 2011).

Contribute to the Treatment of Asthma

  • Contribute to lower consumption of medication in asthmatics (Pneumologie, 1994, Jul., Thorax, 2003; 58: 674).
  • Improved their life quality both psychologically and physiologically (Indian Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology, 2001, Jan., Thorax, 2003; 58: 674).

Fight Against Stress and Anxiety

  • Meditation programs can result in small to moderate reductions of multiple negative dimensions of psychological stress (Internal Medicine, 2014, March).
  • Yoga have a positive impact on stress and anxiety level. A better state of well-being can be observed (Journal of Clinical Psychology, 2004, Jun.).
  • Improve academic performance during exams (Indian Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology, 1999, Apr.).
  • Treatment of chronic insomnia with yoga (Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback Journal, 2004, Dec.).

Improves Quality of Life Related to Cancer

Yoga generates several positive effects on sleep quality, mood and stress management (Cancer Control, 2005, Jul.).

Prevents Hormone Unbalance

  • It’s a natural approach to preventPostpartum Depressionsince yoga regulates your endocrine system and helps to balance your hormones (University of California, Irvine, 2009).
  • Yoga is a natural treatment for menopause (Dinah Rodrigues, Bien vivre sa mĂŠnaupose avec le yoga, 2006).

There isn’t much that Hatha Yoga can’t help!

Whether you come to yoga to boost your energy, to calm down, to heal or to diminish physical pain, you might find benefits of yoga that you were not specially looking for. So don’t waist any minute and start yoga! It will change your life.

 

Find out more on our step by step guide called Pregnancy Yoga Resource. Click here to download it in PDF format.