10 health and fitness benefits of yoga

IMG_9966Yoga can help you improve your health and fitness in so many different ways. Daily, or even weekly, sessions can assist you in your day to day life.

Here are some of the health benefits of yoga: 

1. Yoga helps to improve your posture: This is one of the benefits of yogaPoor posture can cause muscle and joint problems. This results in pain and sometimes the degeneration of the spine. Yoga helps to correct your posture by working on holding several poses, which in turn increases your flexibility and strength.

2. Helps to improve sleeping: A study from Harvard University in America found that eight weeks of yoga helped to improve the sleep quality of people who were suffering from insomnia. An element of yoga is focusing on breathing and mental exercises, which helps the mind slow down so you can sleep better.

3. Weight loss: Yoga helps to increase weight loss by improving several body functions, including increasing heart rate during exercise, strength building, cleansing the colon and activating the thyroid gland. Who knew an hour a day could have so many health and weight loss benefits?

4. Improve your balance: Practicing yoga regularly helps to improve balance. People with poor posture usually have bad balance. Creating better balance through yoga poses also helps to benefits of yogaimprove knee problems and back pain.

5. Helps to build muscle strength: Through yoga, you can help to improve your flexibility and strength by holding poses that work all the muscles of the body.

6. Helps to build a healthier lifestyle: Yoga can help any dieter – as their philosophy is usually to move more and eat less. Regular practice of yoga helps to get the person moving, burn calories and get in touch with their spiritual and emotional dimensions. This can all help to encourage a better lifestyle.

 7. Helps to improve digestive problems, including IBS: All symptoms and issues with digestion is made worse by stress. Yoga, like any physical exercise, helps to improve stress and can ease constipation. This is because the body can move food and waste through the bowels more efficiently. By holding yoga poses and doing it daily, you can improve your digestive health.

8. Benefits your personal relationships: Regular yoga practice helps people become at one with their mind. This benefits of yoga can help the person develop greater friendliness and compassion. Meditating in yoga can help improve and benefit personal relationships.benefits of yoga

9. Yoga helps to boost your memory: By reducing the mental trash in your brain, you can reduce
mental stress and physical tension. This helps you improve your cognitive function, so that you are able to recall information easier.

10. Immunity booster: A study published in the journal PLoSOne showed that yoga can boost your immunity at a cellular level, due to changes in gene expression. By improving your overall health and well being, yoga is able to improve and strengthen your immune system.

There are so many more benefits of yoga, so come down to Thanyapura and get involved in our yoga classes and experience these benefits of yoga.



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10 health and fitness benefits of yogaPierre Gagnon practised concentration and insight meditation intensively from 2010 to 2012, then went on to study meditation at Wat Suan Mokkh with the venerable Ajahn Po from 2013 to 2015. As well as his own practice, he has coordinated meditation retreats in the south of Thailand which were attended by more than 1,000 people.

Having a great passion in the field of neuroscience, he likes to integrate these concepts into meditation practice. He believes that much of our life is lived resisting and defending against internal and external experiences that people perceive as threats. Through the development of concentration and meditation, we can insightfully see that all experiences are harmless and there is no need to defend of contract around them.  Pierre has experience coordinating concentration and insight meditation retreats, teaching the relationship that exists between Buddhism and neuroscience.

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BochakornBOCHAKORN BOONSERM (MAAM) began her education in conventional medicine as a nurse, then shifted to embrace natural healing and integrative medicines. Her training and certifications abroad include: Nutrition and Western Herbal Medicines, Acupuncture and Moxibustion.

During her therapeutic sessions, she may also incorporate other aspects of integrative medicines when required, including: acupuncture, cupping therapy, moxibustion, nutritional, supplements and herbal recommendation.

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