Why is Yoga so good



Yoga is more than a passing fancy; it is a form of exercise that more and more people are trying … and liking.  Yoga is aimed at united the mind, body and spirit and experienced yogis know that if the right kind of yoga is performed, the body and mind can find harmony and heal many physical ailments.  The practice of yoga makes you become more aware of your posture and movement patterns.  It increases flexibility and many yogis say that it helps them relax when they are stressed.  In fact, the reason that most people begin yoga is for these reasons. 


Yoga has been practice for thousands of years and it is based on observations and principles about the connection between mind and body.  Modern medicine is catching up to what yogis have known for a long time; that there are physiological, psychological, and biochemical benefits to practicing yoga. 


Some of the physiological benefits of yoga include decreases in pain, pulse rate, blood pressure, and respiratory rate.  Some of the physiological benefits of yoga include increases in gastrointestinal function, flexibility and joint range of motion, endurance, energy, immunity, and well as improvements in endocrine function, sleep, and posture.


Some of the psychological benefits of yoga include decreases in anxiety, depression, and anger.  Some of the psychological benefits of yoga include increases in mood, concentration, memory and attention. 


Some of the biochemical benefits of yoga include decreases in blood levels of glucose, sodium, cholesterol in addition to increases in good cholesterol, hemoglobin, and thyroxin.


Lastly, yoga is different than other forms of exercise.  Because it focuses on slower movements and holding a certain position, it helps to improve joint movement and balance.  These activities stimulate the parasympathetic nervous system (rest and digest) and the subcortical regions of the brain.  These systems induce an overall feeling of relaxation, but also reduce neurohormones that travel throughout the body to improve function of all our organs.  Also, because movements are slow there is less chance of injury.  On the other hand, most typical exercises stimulate the cortical regions of the brain and the sympathetic nervous system (fight or flight), inducing a feeling of excitable energy.  Because a lot of typical exercise program use rapid and explosive movements, the potential for injury increases.


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