Taking care of your body is one of the main tenets of the Indian tradition. Yoga is believed to help balance and heal the soul, mind, and body. Today we will discuss a few of the many benefits regular yoga practice can have on your health.
Flexibility and Carpal Tunnel
One of the most obvious benefits of yoga, which is a stretching exercise, is increased flexibility. According to studies that were conducted, people aged 18-27 who practiced yoga twice a week for two months had improved flexibility in their arms, legs, shoulders and other parts of their body. In a similar study that lasted for the same amount of time, the patients who had Carpal Tunnel Syndrome had significantly less pain and increased flexibility in their wrists.
Recent statistics show that over 25 million Americans are suffering from diabetes. If you are one of these people, you may need to add yoga to your daily workout routine. A recent study has shown that yoga may aid in lowering blood glucose levels. In a study that took place over the course of 8 days, 98 men and women 20-74 years old had lower glucose levels after adding yoga to their daily workout. Even if it doesn’t work for you, it is a good daily exercise to help keep you fit and limber.
While there has not been enough solid research performed on the effects of yoga on high blood pressure, it has been proven that stress management and breathing exercises do help. Yoga is, if nothing else, a great way to relax your body and relieve stress, and it is a gentle enough workout that it won’t negatively affect your blood pressure.
It is important to remember that all the studies that were performed were done on small test groups, so the data may not be 100% conclusive. The bottom line is that yoga can be a fun and relaxing exercise that may have positive effects on your health. Daily practice also helps you to build discipline and focus and will leave you feeling less stressed and tense, leading to a healthier happier you.