Yoga is known for helping balance the mind, body, and soul. Attending regular yoga classes can provide a plethora of benefits. In this article, yoga instructor Dylan Celli details how yoga can improve physical and mental health.
The benefits of practicing yoga regularly are numerous, well documented, and widely accepted by medical and mental health professionals. If you are a yoga enthusiast, you are undoubtedly aware of the many ways these physical, mental, and spiritual practices can improve your life. If you’re new to yoga, here are some of the top benefits you can expect as you continue your journey to better physical and mental health.
- Yoga Can Help You Sleep Better
Many studies have linked yoga to improved sleep, including recent findings by Johns Hopkins Medicine. Many people are surprised to learn the crucial role sleep plays in their general well-being. Lack of sleep can affect everything from mental health to physical fitness.
- Help Prevent Disease
Regular physical activity helps your body fight off disease. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) maintains that physical activity “helps reduce your risk of chronic conditions like type 2 diabetes, heart disease, many types of cancer, depression, anxiety, and dementia.” Exercise, such as yoga, will improve your overall health, fitness, and quality of life. Yoga can also help reduce risk factors for chronic diseases, such as high blood pressure and heart disease.
- Reduced Stress
Several studies have shown that yoga may help reduce stress and anxiety. According to the Mayo Clinic, “yoga can enhance your mood and overall sense of well-being. Yoga might also help you manage your symptoms of depression and anxiety that are due to difficult situations.”
- Improve Flexibility
In addition to promoting relaxation, building a strong mind-body connection, strengthening your muscles, and burning calories, yoga enhances flexibility. The popular WebMD website states, “yoga poses to stretch your muscles and increase your range of motion. With regular practice, they’ll improve your flexibility.” Being more flexible can make life more enjoyable by allowing you to engage in activities that you otherwise would be unable to do.
- Help You Focus
An inability to focus and concentrate on the task at hand can make it difficult to read, learn new skills, enjoy your hobbies, and work at your job. In addition to concentration-enhancing games and puzzles such as sudoku, crossword puzzles, chess, and other activities that require focus, many people find the regular practice of yoga to enhance their ability to discipline their minds. Learning to bring your awareness to the present moment and focus your attention on your breathing, movements, and challenging poses will improve your ability to concentrate.
- Lower Blood Pressure
High blood pressure, sometimes called hypertension, can quietly harm the body for years before symptoms show up. High blood pressure can lead to poor quality of life or even a deadly heart attack or stroke. A daily regime of exercise that includes yoga can help lower the body mass index and help lower your blood pressure. The stress hormone cortisol, a naturally-occurring steroid hormone that plays a crucial role in the body’s stress response, can be reduced through regular yoga.
About Dylan Celli
Dylan Celli is a yoga instructor, fitness trainer, and life coach who specializes in leading people towards inner perfection by helping them achieve outward gains. Dylan primarily focuses on high-end clients: executives, athletes, and industry leaders by applying a progressive, goal-oriented strategy that improves self-confidence and inner peace.
This is a Contributor Post. Opinions expressed here are opinions of the Contributor. Influencive does not endorse or review brands mentioned; does not and cannot investigate relationships with brands, products, and people mentioned and is up to the Contributor to disclose. Contributors, amongst other accounts and articles may be professional fee-based.