Doctors are starting to get on board and prescribe yoga to patients for its disease fighting properties. Here are a few powerful advantages
to yoga that may make you want to consider doing it too!
1. It keeps you young
People who have practiced yoga for at least two years were found to have younger telomeres -- the youth giving ends of our DNA -- than those who did not practice yoga.
2. It enhances immunity
Women who did a 35 minute yoga practice every day for 12 weeks had a 94% lower increase in cortisol during stressful situations. Too much cortisol can weaken the immune system.
3. It melts belly fat
Overweight women who did restorative yoga for six months lost 2.5 times more belly fat than women who did only stretching. Again, this is linked to cortisol. When calm, the body produces less cortisol which often manifests in excess belly fat.
4. It lowers blood pressure
While also following a low sodium diet, people with hypertension who practiced yoga for 45 minutes a day, three times a week for 12 weeks saw a 33% decrease in systolic blood pressure than those on the diet alone.
5. It reduces your risk for diabetes
A small study found that doing Bikram yoga three times a week for eight weeks significantly improved glucose tolerance in older adults.
6. It curbs chronic pain
A Canadian study found that women with fibromyalgia who took part in twice weekly 75-minute Hatha yoga sessions reported lower continuous pain scores after eight weeks. They also focused less on any pain they were experiencing.
7. It reduces back pain
According to a 2014 study in the International Journal of Yoga,
people with chronic lower back pain who took a weekly Iyengar yoga class and then practiced on their own for 30 minutes five days a week experienced a 44% reduction in pain intensity after four weeks and 73% reduction at a 6-month follow-up.
8. It silences sciatica
People with sciatica who practiced therapeutic yoga for 20 minutes a day over the course of four weeks saw a reduction in pain and tenderness as well as an improvement in walking ability.
9. It heals achy knees
A small study found that practicing Hatha yoga three days a week for eight weeks reduced the pain in women with knee osteoarthritis.
All wonderful reasons to practice yoga!
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