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5 Interesting Benefits of Yoga

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Yoga is a group of physical, mental, and spiritual practices which originated in ancient India. The literal meaning of the Sanskrit word Yoga is ‘Yoke’, which means the uniting the individual spirit with the universal spirit. Today, yoga is practiced by people across the world at all ages as it is popularly known to increase flexibility and relax the mind.  

In honour of Yoga month, here are 5 interesting benefits of yoga that may encourage you to start working on your Lotus Pose:

Boosts your immune system

Meditation has been scientifically proven to improve the functionality of the immune system, boosting it when necessary. For example, raising antibody levels in response to a vaccine and lowering it when needed to mitigate an aggressive in an autoimmune disease like psoriasis. Asana and pranayama forms of yoga are best.

Helps you breathe better

A 1998 study published in The Lancet taught a yogic technique known as “complete breathing” to people with lung problems due to congestive heart failure. After one month, their average respiratory rate decreased from 13.4 breaths per minute to 7.6. Additionally, their exercise capacity increased significantly, as did the oxygen in their blood. Breathing through the nose – which is a common practice in yoga – filters the air, warms it and humidifies it, removing pollen dirt and other pollutants that may impact the lungs.

Prevents digestive problems

Yoga, like most physical activities, can ease constipation because a body in motion facilitates more rapid transport of food and waste particles through the bowels. Thought yet to be scientifically proven, many experienced yogis suspect that twisting poses like the Bharadvaja’s Twist and Half Lord of the Fishes Pose are beneficial getting waste to move through the body efficiently.

Improves your sleep

Mental activity activates or enriches the mind. However too much of it overworks the nervous system. Yoga is an ideal practice for people with very limit time to relieve themself from the hustle and bustle of their daily lives. Guided relaxation and meditation practices such as Savasana and yoga nidra are known to provide downtime for the nervous system. This creates better sleep patterns —which means you’ll be less stressed & better rested!

Makes you happier

Feeling sad? Sit, rise up or soar into a yoga pose! Studies show that consistent yoga practice can improve depression tendencies and lead to a significant increase in serotonin, monoamine oxidase and cortisol. The balance of these enzymes determines the levels of happiness a person experiences as well as the functioning of the immune system. As simple as a Corpse Pose can help you become totally relaxed … and happier!

Round Hill has yoga classes at 9:00AM daily as a part of the Health & Wellness offerings. Fitness instructor, Donovan is on- site and can help to keep you on your fitness schedule. Complimentary 30-minute stretch classes are available Wednesday- Sunday at 4:00pm. 

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