21st June 2015, has become a significant date in the lives of many people. Celebrated as the International Yoga Day, it is now celebrated every year throughout the world with millions of people participating and performing various yoga asanas. But what made yoga so popular? What impact does it have on one’s body that it has now become more popular than working out in the gym? Let us take into account the benefits of yoga to your body.

The origin of yoga dates back to around 3000 years in India. It is basically a form of exercise with breathing and stretching modules to achieve peace and improving your mental strength. Yoga stimulates every nerve, muscle, and tissue in your body to stretch and improve its function. It has been proven beneficial for people suffering from diabetes, asthma, mental issues, and certain serious diseases like cancer. However, some scientifically promoted benefits of yoga are briefly explained below.

1. Relieves stress
Yoga is known to put an end to the fluctuations of the mind, thus reducing mental issues like anger, fear that is known to cause stress. Yoga is scientifically proven to decline the secretion of cortisol, the stress-causing hormone, thereby promoting relaxation and easing stress. Consequently, it also reduces the chances of fatigue, mental disorders like depression, and various other cardiovascular problems linked to increases in stress.

2. Helps the body to sleep better
Our body has been suffering enough from the continuous hustling of our regular life, causing a disturbed and irregular sleeping pattern, which is associated with obesity and elevated blood pressure among a few other problems. Yoga has been found to ease down the unnecessary stimulations in the body and helping you sleep better. Asanas like savasana, pranayama encourages the secretion of melatonin, the sleep-regulating hormone, which makes your body feel relaxed thus promoting better and improved sleep.

3. Improves breathing
Breathing problems like asthma are now becoming more common. With no significant medications or treatment available, people are now turning to yoga for support. Studies show that yoga encourages a lower frequency of breaths but with greater volume per
breath, this significantly exercises your lungs and improves the oxygen saturation level in your blood easing the suffering. Yoga improves your lung capacity resulting in maximizing the amount of oxygen entering your body. Meditative asanas like pranayama is a technical breathing exercise that encourages breathing through your nose, which filters the air entering your lungs thus purifying your breath. An improved lung quality fosters healthy breathing and fewer problems for the respiratory system.

4. Better circulatory system
The heart forms the most important organ of our body and the center of the whole circulatory system. Therefore, it becomes important to take good care of your heart. Various factors like high blood pressure are responsible for heart problems. Yoga helps in
increasing your blood flow and helping in better circulation around the body. Researchers say that yoga elevates the amount of hemoglobin in your blood, a protein present in the red blood cell which is responsible for the transportation of oxygen
throughout the body. Thus, various asanas like headstands and handstands are often beneficial for the circulation of freshly oxygenated blood to the smallest of muscles and tissues in your body. An improved oxygen circulation leads to improved function of various other organs of the body as well. It is extremely important to not let your body suffer from any cardio-related diseases, therefore incorporating yoga in your regular life might be the best decision you will ever take for a healthy heart.

These were just a few of the numerous benefits of yoga and the reasons that you should introduce this light yet so effective exercise to your body. Yoga not only brings physical but positive psychological changes to your body as well. Practicing yoga for as few as 15 minutes can do wonders for your body. Make sure you try it once.


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