Physical Benefits Of Yoga
These are just some of the physical benefits of yoga, there are many more so lets get on the mat!
Increased Suppleness & Flexibility - One of the most immediate benefits. Yoga focuses on deep stretch of muscles, gently lengthening muscle fibers.
Whole Body Workout - In the postures every muscle in the body, even those we never normally use are systematically stretched & awakened. No other form of exercise reaches such a comprehensive range of muscles.
Increased Mobility Of Joints - Yoga quickly develops internal heat which softens muscle fibers & provides increased internal lubrication which loosens the joints.
Strength - In yoga the body is the gymnasium on which various muscles develop. Each posture causes certain muscles to work to support, lift or stretch parts of the body against the force of gravity. Thus parts of the body become our set of weights which other parts ie. Arms, legs, back or abdomen have to work to lift & support.
Enhanced Muscle Tone - Yoga postures develop muscular strength in a unique way. The muscles get stronger & more efficient but do not increase their size & bulk. They just become more evenly toned.
Improved Body Shape - Yoga develops all the muscles in the body evenly. The body is toned from head to toe leading to a body shape that is balanced & natural.
Stabilized Body Weight - Yoga improves the cellular activity of internal organs inc. stomach, liver, spleen, pancreas & intestines enhancing catabolism & anabolism which improves food utilization. The kidneys & colon become more efficient which improves discharge of waste materials. The body soon establishes & effortlessly maintains its optimal body weight.
Stamina - A regular yoga practice quickly develops muscular & cardiovascular endurance so that you can gradually increase the duration & intensity of your workout.
Improved Posture - By working equally & evenly throughout the body, yoga realigns every bone in the body. As joints loosen & muscles release residual tension the skeletal bones move freely into their natural position. So whether postural misalignment is due to previous injuries, genetic dispositions or simply bad habits it can be corrected with sustained yoga practice.
Detoxification - When stretching, twisting, bending forwards & backwards during your yoga practice various organs Inc liver, lungs, kidneys, spleen & stomach are stretched, squeezed & relaxed which rinses them in fresh blood & drains off old, stale blood. This rejuvenates their cellular tissue, improves their vital functioning & prevents the build up of toxic waste products.
Added Vitality - As fresh blood penetrates deeply into every tissue of each organ the natural functions of respiration & digestion improve enhancing our health.
Improved Breathing & Lung Capacity - Establishing & maintaining yoga postures demands effective breathing .As we work into the postures the lungs awaken & release their tension. Dormant lung tissue is reactivated setting up more beneficial patterns of breathing deeply & fully. Many postures work specifically to open the chest, strengthen respiratory muscles & loosen lung tissue. Yogic breathing develops lung capacity & retrains the lungs & brain to breathe more deeply & effectively in everyday life so that more oxygen is available for the body to use.
Improved Blood & Lymph Circulation - Stretching the muscles & inverted postures improve blood circulation. Venous blood return to the heart is produced by muscular contraction. By working every muscle in the body yoga promotes healthy blood circulation. Improved breathing also effects blood circulation as the action of the lungs also supports the heart in pumping blood round the body.
Enhanced Bowel Function - Some postures exert direct pressure on the large intestines stimulating peristaltic activity ensuring rapid elimination of waste products & relief from constipation.
Improved Kidney Function - The tonifying effect of yoga postures on the sponge like tissue of the kidneys enables them to efficiently filter & discharge waste products from the blood.
Improved co-ordination - The cells of the central & peripheral nervous system are toned so that their activity is enhanced. The nerve plexus are activated so that the nervous system becomes more vital & sensitive. As a result control over body movements become more refined & subtle.
Improved Sporting Performance - Which ever sport you participate in, be it, Tennis, Football, Boxing, Rugby, Golf, Snooker or Darts yoga posture practice will give you that competitive edge. The stimulation of the central nervous system ensures that hand eye co-ordination is more accurate & the reconnection of various body parts means movements will be swift & accurate.
Improved Skin - As yoga removes toxic waste material from the system & enhances blood circulation skin becomes smoother, clearer, brighter & glowing. Also inversions are reputed to delay the onset of wrinkles giving a more youthful appearance.
Improved Hair - Inversions in yoga postures stimulates the blood circulation to the scalp meaning that hair follicles are nourished so that hair grows thicker & more quickly.
Enhanced Immune System - Overall yoga promotes glowing robust health. Every cell of every organ & muscle is invigorated & kept supplied with fresh blood. There is less possibility of toxic build up at a cellular level & in organs themselves. The glands of the immune system are supported so that the body’s ability to resist disease is enhanced.