SEPTEMBER 01, 2020
Yoga, an exercise trend that’s been around for centuries and has become increasingly popular in today’s society. From relieving stress, weight management, and improving posture, yoga benefits the women’s body and mind. Yoga provides somewhat of a retreat from a women’s chaotic and busy life. After all, it’s not so easy being a woman…
There’s no doubt that you haven’t heard of your favorite models/influencers rave about how many benefits they got from yoga. There’s Alexis Ren, Kendall Jenner, Gigi Hadid, Candace Swanepoel, and Reese Witherspoon pursuing the art of yoga almost every day!
How does yoga benefit your mind and body? We’re here to provide you with a list of women’s health benefits you can gain from yoga.
PROMOTES WEIGHT LOSS
As yoga helps by overall bringing you in better tune with your body, improving your sense of well-being and self-image. Reducing stress, and therefore, reducing stress eating can be a way in which yoga can promote weight loss.
According to a study published in the Journal of Physical and Activity & Health, combining both yoga and a protein-rich diet not only reduces blood glucose (sugar) levels, still, can also help burn more stored fat, promoting weight loss!
RELIEVES STRESS AND ANXIETY
According to research by Psychiatry and Neuroscience, women are more likely to have anxiety rather than men (shocker right). Though such things are mainly triggered by either relationship problems, stress at work or home life, and sometimes even age.
Nevertheless, yoga has been proven to treat this within the women’s body as it boosts “feel-good” chemicals in the brain. Practicing yoga for about 90 minutes significantly reduces anxiety and stress in women. Poses that you can even try at home are meditation, child’s pose, corpse pose, and seated forward bend.
IMPROVES HEART HEALTH
Said by the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology, yoga can immensely improve cardo-metabolic health, meaning that yoga can lower your chance of getting any sort of stroke or heart disease.
As they tested out two different groups, they noticed that in the group that regularly attended yoga class had high levels of improvements in their blood pressure and lipoprotein cholesterol levels.
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CAN RELIEVE SLEEP ISSUES
Have you ever been in bed without being able to sleep? Sometimes we feel that taking melatonin and sleep teas doesn’t even help us to improve sleep
Experts at Harvard Medical School found that a sustained and consistent yoga practice improves both duration and quality of sleep. Also, a study presented at the Associated Professional Sleep Societies revealed that individuals who practice yoga frequently are far more likely to get 7-8 hours of sleep per night.
REDUCES CHRONIC PAIN
As we know, chronic pain is more than persistent problems that affect so many individuals across the world. Although we’ve now discovered that practicing yoga could help reduce many types of chronic pain.
Chronic pain triggers changes in brain structure that are all linked to depression, anxiety, and impaired cognitive function. On the other hand, new research shown at the American Pain Society proves that practicing yoga has the opposite effect on the brain and can relieve chronic pain.
IMPROVES FLEXIBLITY & BALANCE
Yoga allows your body to move through every range of motion. Though at times it may cause some levels of discomfort since you’re not entirely used to stretching or moving your body in that way. This way of stretching out the muscles and joints allows you to move deeper into the yoga pose.
A recent study made by, International Journal of Yoga, looked at the impact of 10 weeks of yoga on college athletes and proved that doing yoga significantly increased measures of flexibility and balance, compared to the control group.
Studies have proven the numerous amounts of mental and physical benefits of the art of yoga. Adding it to your daily routine can help enhance your overall health, strength, and flexibility, all while reducing symptoms of stress and anxiety.
All it takes is squeezing some extra time in your daily schedule to have regular yoga practice a few times a week, which is just enough to both feel and notice a difference in your mental health.
And don’t forget, starting small is the first step towards doing greater things
What are you waiting for? We hear the yoga mat calling your name