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Yoga for overall health development

Atefa Noorain
Atefa Noorain
July27/ 2016

You might have heard that yoga is good for health as it is a therapy for some and routine for many. You will get to know today some of the major health benefits of yoga. And how is it helping in overall development of the body. Apart from healing many diseases yoga also helps in boosting your immune system and relaxes your muscles.

Benefits of yoga

  • Improves flexibility –

    Flexibility improvement is one of the most important benefits of practicing yoga.

  • Builds Muscle strength –

    Strong muscles can protect you from conditions like arthritis and back pain. You can build muscle strength through yoga and improve balance and flexibility.

  • Perfects your posture –

    Poor postures causes back, neck pain and other joint problems. Yoga helps in building a perfect posture.

  • Protects your spine –

    Yoga postures helps in keeping your spinal disc supple.

  • Prevents cartilage and joint breakdown-

    Yoga helps in preventing degenerative arthritis.

  • Boost immunity –

    The immune system is boosted with yoga. Daily practicing yoga prevents you from infectious diseases as your immunity is boosted to fight against harmful causative agents.

  • Improves heart rate –

    Attending Ashtanga classes can help you boost your heart rate that can improve your cardiovascular condition.

  • Regulates adrenal glands –

    Yoga helps in lowering the cortisol levels in the body. Cortisol is secreted by adrenal gland in response to acute stress.

  • Lowers blood sugar –

    Yoga helps in lowering blood sugar levels and LDL cholesterol and boosts HDL cholesterol. Diabetic patients can practice yoga to balance the blood sugar levels.

  • Improves balance –

    Regularly practicing yoga helps in improving balance.

  • Relaxes tension in limbs –

    Yoga helps in releasing tension in the arms, shoulder, neck, face and many other organs. To relax the bigger muscles like quadriceps, buttocks and trapezius, it will take years of practice.

  • Prevents IBS and digestive problems –

    Digestive problems like ulcers, irritable bowel syndrome and constipation can be cured with yoga. Yoga helps in lowering the risk of colon cancer as rapid movement facilitates the transport of food and waste products through the bowels.

  • Eases your pain –

    Different postures of yoga can help you ease your pain. People suffering with arthritis, back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome and other chronic conditions experience less pain by practicing asana, meditation or a combination of both.

  • Gives inner strength –

    Yoga helps in developing inner strength and helps you in making important changes in your life. Inner strength helps you in eating better, exercise more and quit smoking.

  • Supports connective tissues –

    All the tissues in the body are interconnected from hipbone to ankle bone. The interconnection of tissues is vital in understanding yoga.

  • Ease migraine –

    Practicing yoga for minimum of 3 months time period shows good results in migraine patients. Research shows that the painful migraine attack can be reduced in people practicing yoga.

  • Fights food cravings –

    People who regularly practise yoga can slow down the food craving. Physical and emotional sensations associated with eating can be controlled by yoga.

  • Weight loss –

    Yoga helps in burning your calories and loses more weight. Sun salutations and Kapal Bhati pranyama are one of the important ways to lose weight.

  • Stress relief –

    Performing yoga for few minutes during the day can help in dealing with stress. The body and mind stress both can be avoided by doing yoga daily.

  • Better intuition –

    Yoga helps in improving the intuitive ability that helps you in decision making and yield positive results.


Atefa Noorain
Atefa Noorain

Atefa Noorain, (Microbiologist) former Head of the Department of Life Sciences, Assistant Professor of Microbiology at Sujatha Degree College for Women. She worked as an Associate Research Analyst at Thomson Reuters and an Associate Editor of two research journals. She has presented her research work in 3 International Conferences. She has written articles for national journals and international journals. She had been felicitated as a Young Speaker in the last conference. She has worked on Nanoparticles as a part of her research project and won the Best Scientist of the Day award.

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