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What is the Health Benefits of Yoga

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The benefits of yoga provide both instant gratification and lasting transformation. In the fitness world, both are extremely important. Too much time with too few results can be incredibly discouraging, and monotonous routines week after week can lead to stagnation. Yoga can change your physical and mental capacity quickly, while preparing the mind and body for long-term health.

Most yoga studios and local gyms offer yoga classes that are open to all generations and fitness levels. It’s exciting to enter a room full of young teens, athletes, middle-aged moms, older gentlemen, and even fitness buffs and body builders. Everyone can feel accepted and included and, unlike other sports or classes that focus on niche clients, yoga tends to offer open arms. Whether you like to say “Om” or you can’t stand the word “yogi”; whether you are 92, 53, or even 12, yoga can help you.

Yoga advantages and benefits

Over the past several years, yoga has experienced an upsurge in popularity in the western world among medical professionals and celebrities alike. While many associate yoga with new age mysticism or the latest fad at the gym, yoga is actually an ancient practice that connects the mind, body, and spirit through body poses, controlled breathing, and meditation.

1. Boosts immunity:

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Yoga provides a double-punch for the immune system as well. First, moving and stretching helps the lymph system function more efficiently. Lymph is the fluid that moves disease-fighting white blood cells through the body. Meditation can also help regulate the immune system. Studies show that people who meditate are better able to fight off infections and they have fewer symptoms of autoimmune diseases. This suggests that meditation can also keep the immune system from overreacting at the wrong time.

2. Improved Lung Capacity:

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This certainly isn’t a surprise as yoga involves lots of breathing exercises. However, the extent to which yoga improves your breathing may surprise you. A study published way back in 1998 showed that people with lung problems who practiced ‘complete breathing’ exercises saw marked improvements in their respiratory function. Before yoga, these individuals averaged over 13 breaths a minute but this fell to just over 7 after 4 weeks of yoga. Their exercise capacity also increased dramatically.

Yoga has been shown to improve different measures of lung function including maximum breath volume and the efficiency of the exhalation. As yoga involves breathing through the nose most of the time, the air becomes filtered, gets warmer and is humidified. This process reduces the level of pollen, dirt and other nasty particles that enter your lungs.

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