Physical Benefits of Yoga
Here are some of the benefits that visiting Jala Flow Yoga can bring to you.
Yoga is as much a mental exercise as a physical one, and it’s known to help with anxiety, depression and stress management.
If you can control your breath, you calm the nervous system and ease anxiety.
Yoga can have an instant effect on brain function. A single 20 minute session improves memory, speed and focus.
Good For The Heart
Vigorous forms of Yoga, such as our Jala Flow classes or Ashtanga, can provide a great workout for the heart and lungs. Studies have shown that yoga is as good as an aerobics class for cutting the risk of heart disease because it reduces body mass index, lowers blood pressure and reduces cholesterol.
Research suggests that yoga helps asthma, emphysema and bronchitis. By paying attention to how we inhale and exhale and working to improve posture we can aid symptoms of such illnesses and help with shortness of breath.
“Since attending hot yoga classes I have found less need for my inhaler. My airways feel less restricted and I can carry out day-to-day activities such as walking, without feeling as tired and breathless” – Lorraine Talbot
Yoga lubricates the joints and strengthens the muscles supporting them. The relaxation also reduces the pain itself.
By increasing the range of movement, joints work more effectively, reducing the symptoms of arthritis, for example. This is particularly important for the hips that become weaker and less stable as we get older. Yoga also helps balance, preventing falls, and has been known to assist stroke patients regain balance and maintain their independence.
Strengthen Your Spine
Yoga can be an excellent alternative to conventional treatments offered by GPs for back pain. Those who do yoga have found they have had greater improvements in everyday tasks such as walking, bending down and getting dressed compared with when they used standard care treatments such as painkillers.
Eat and Sleep Well
Yoga can help improve the relationship we have with food, build body awareness and deal with stress and other emotional problems that can lead to unhealthy eating or lack of sleep. Employing basic mindfulness techniques picked up in class can help those suffering from sleep related problems such as insomnia.
Weight-bearing exercise such as yoga stresses the skeleton and boosts bone growth, preventing or delaying osteoporosis. Yoga can be particularly good for older people who are not able to do high impact exercise like running or aerobics.
Ease Gut Problems
IBS is closely related to stress and anxiety which can be managed through yoga, positively influencing such digestive problems.
Better Sex Life
Many yoga poses help to strengthen the pelvic floor – a group of muscles that support the bladder, bowel, uterus and vagina.
Both men and woman can benefit from strengthening these muscles, particularly women who have experienced child birth and suffer from such conditions as stress incontinence.
Strengthening the pelvic floor is also thought to improve your sex life.