Yoga and its healing - 11 ways it helps
If like me you are always aiming to have better health, there is no doubt you may already practice , considered yoga or tried it on YouTube.
Many people start to practice yoga for overall better health, mentally and physically including ways to destress, tone muscles, and having better sleep. Once a week can offer a noticeable difference to a stronger core, better posture, and reduction of stress.
Used correctly, yoga is a powerful tool for healing the physical body from trauma, cravings, insomnia, burnout and stress with scientific research proving what we already know - Yoga is incredibly beneficial to our overall well-being.
Some beginners commonly misunderstand that you don’t need to be super flexible (or dare I say young) to be able to practice. In fact, it could not be further from the truth – all you need is a willingness to try and be able to breathe.
Among many proven benefits, yoga also improves the body’s natural healing abilities. Here are 11 gains that are often combined in a yoga class to further boost yoga’s healing powers.
·A stronger immune system. Twists, inverted (upside down) and compression (forward fold) poses enhance the circulation of blood and body fluids. This helps the lymphatic system contribute to the immune system while the body recovers, repairs and heals.
· Reduce inflammation with yoga -Your immune system is activated once you come in contact with a virus/ bacteria or have an injury. Immediately inflammatory cells are sent out much like first responders to fight the inflammation. Recent Harvard studies suggest that yoga slows down the harmful physical effects of stress and inflammaging.( which ahs been associated with conditions like diabetes, heart disease, stress, depression, and a weakened immune system)
Less aches and pains. It’s a fact, yoga improves muscle strength, flexibility, mobility and pliability. This create a stronger musculoskeletal for tight hips, short hamstrings and lower back pain.
·Stronger lung capacity. The deep breathing not only gives you a super power, but when combined with backbends, it improves lung capacity while making us feel grounded.
Deeper self awareness. The Bhagvad Gita says “Yoga is the journey of the self, through the self, to the self.” It activates a direct inquiry into our internal world which may help get our heads out of our a*se.
Improves eating and digestion. Your movement and practice will contribute to helping you eat healthier to fuel your amazing body. Im all for balance and eating nutritional healthy vegan or vegetarian food which is essential for keeping the body healthy.
Posture. Yoga has been proven to lengthen and strengthen the spine and reversing bad posture with consistency and time.
Healing. We store hard emotions in our body which if not released creates physical tightness, stress and chronic pain. This can also create anger, rage, overwhelm and burnout.
Mindset. Yoga and meditation are 2 powerful tools to rewire our brains so that we have more clarity, better perspective, and joy. One of my favourite inspirational speakers, Tony Robbins says ‘’We believe our doubts and doubt our beliefs’’.
Mindset is a powerful skillset that everyone can benefit from.
Make a move. The physical movement of yoga facilitates endorphins and balances the central nervous system, so your mind relaxes and stop spiralling down bad thought patterns.
Supports a healthy lifestyle. Practicing yoga encourages a healthier lifestyle, through developing the self-awareness and discipline to sustain a healthy body and mind.