I started attending a local Yoga class at the YMCA and had quickly fallen in love with how it benefited my body. From reducing depression to supporting heart health, the benefits of yoga extend to physical, mental, and emotional health. A 2015 study analyzing the effects of yoga on women over 50 found that practicing asanas (yoga postures) even once a week led to an increase in spinal joint mobility and hamstring flexibility.

There are many different varieties of yoga, but each one essentially relies on structured poses (asanas) practiced with breath awareness. A study 45 was conducted to explore the benefits of yoga on a sample population of firefighters. Summary: Research shows that practicing yoga can help improve balance and increase flexibility.

EQ (Emotional quotient) of the study subjects was improved with yoga. Yoga is not only a practice of physical exercise which is beneficial to the body but at its core, has a meditative and spiritual grounding. When combined with deep breathing—which can help lower blood pressure—and stress-reducing meditation, these elements of yoga can aid in cardiovascular disease prevention.

Yoga can help prevent strokes by improving blood circulation in the body. Often, people think yoga is just for physical fitness and flexibility, but when they start to practice it, only then they realize yoga more profound benefits. Many studies have proved that yoga works as a natural remedy to cure chronic diseases and helps people to come out from severe health conditions.

The practice of various asanas on a regular basis leads to correction of posture, enhances flexibility and improves balance as it brings equilibrium to the whole body. It was developed as a practice to unite the mind and body. The British Heart Foundation recognises the benefits of yoga for the heart Though they do acknowledge that the evidence is still quite limited, emerging studies deliver promising findings.

please click generic_anchor_text.dat Harvard Women's Health Watch posted a study 55 on how a dozen yoga poses, performed every day may increase the bone density. Among the many physical benefits of yoga, there are a number of mental benefits you might not expect. A great yoga studio will offer you so much more than just a physical yoga practice, they will accept you into their community.

For example, excessive smokers or drinkers who wish they could stop their habits may find it almost impossible to let go. Working with your body, over time teaches the concept of "letting go of that which does not serve me." Over time, with practice and most importantly commitment, change will come and it will come naturally.