The benefits of yoga

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“The purpose of yoga is to create strength, awareness and harmony in both the mind and body,” explains Natalie Nevins, DO, a board-certified osteopathic family physician and certified Kundalini Yoga instructor in Hollywood, California.While there are more than 100 different types, or schools, of yoga, most sessions are typically include breathing exercises, meditation, and assuming postures (sometimes called asana or poses) that stretch and flex various muscle groups.
“As an osteopathic physician, I focus a lot of my efforts on preventive medicine and practices, and in the body’s ability to heal itself,” says Dr. Nevins. “Yoga is a great tool for staying healthy because it is based on similar principles.

Physical Benefits :

“The relaxation techniques incorporated in yoga can lessen chronic pain, such as lower back pain, arthritis, headaches and carpal tunnel syndrome,” explains Dr. Nevins. “Yoga can also lower blood pressure and reduce insomnia.”

Other physical benefits of yoga include:

    1.Increased flexibility

    2.Increased muscle strength and tone 

    3.Improved respiration, energy and vitality

    4.Maintaining a balanced metabolism

   5.Weight reduction

   6.Cardio and circulatory health 

   7.Improved athletic performance   

   8.Protection from injury

Yoga session

Mental Benefits :

Aside from the physical benefits, one of the best benefits of yoga is how it helps a person manage stress, which is known to have devastating effects on the body and mind. “Stress can reveal itself in many ways, including back or neck pain, sleeping problems, headaches, drug abuse, and an inability to concentrate,” says Dr. Nevins. “Yoga can be very effective in developing coping skills and reaching a more positive outlook on life.”

Yoga’s incorporation of meditation and breathing can help improve a person’s mental well-being. “Regular yoga practice creates mental clarity and calmness; increases body awareness; relieves chronic stress patterns; relaxes the mind; centers attention; and sharpens concentration,” says Dr. Nevins. Body- and self-awareness are particularly beneficial, she adds, “because they can help with early detection of physical problems and allow for early preventive action.”

Beginners Welcome :

Because there are so many different kinds of yoga practices, it is possible for anyone to start. “Whether you’re a couch potato or a professional athlete, size and fitness levels do not matter because there are modifications for every yoga pose and beginner classes in every style,” says Dr. Nevins. “The idea is to explore your limits, not strive for some pretzel-like perfection. It is a great way to get in tune with your body and your inner self.”​

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18 thoughts on “The benefits of yoga

  1. Great post! I had brain surgery at the end of last year and have been working to overcome issues with balance. My physical therapist recommended yoga as a way too improve and it does work so there’s another benefit to add to your great list.


  2. Syeda!
    Dr Nevins seems to have studied Yoga from an expert which is always a necessity whatsoever maybe her academic qualifications. Training is the key word for Yoga.
    I feel the post justifies
    You may come with such authenticated posts.

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  3. Thank you for all the information, several years ago I was doing Yoga every single morning and feeling and looking so much better. Then my “AS” got worse and the depression set in and I stopped the Yoga, big mistake. Last year I was just so uninterested in everything, physically it became hard for me, tried to make it different this year but now more problems physically. My Sons tell me to try the Yoga again and after reading all you said, I think I should. Many thanks.

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  4. I was first introduced to yoga when I was suffering from anxiety while in university. I have been hooked ever since! Lovely post and thank you for sharing 😊

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