Yoga, the ancient Indian health practice, has now become so popular it has spread far and wide on a global scale. As the benefits of yoga have now been proven, its philosophy has become highly regarded in a range of communities.
Yoga is famous for its asanas and mantras which aim to bring inner peace through meditation. Not only this but the practice has also garnered many devout fans for the health benefits it offers. If you’ve been considering joining a yoga class but weren’t sure if it was ideal for you, keep reading what you can look forward to…
- Yoga Helps You Sleep Better
There’s a reason you are advised to get at least 8 hours of sleep every night. Lack of sleep causes all sorts of health issues and in the long run, can cause serious damage.
If you’ve been having trouble sleeping, yoga has the answer for you! Because of the relaxing benefits of yoga, it has a positive knock-on effect on your nervous system. Practicing yoga daily can help you fall asleep faster and also let you have a deeper sleep. Regularly practicing yoga asanas releases any pent up energy you may have.
This calms your system and allows you to sleep like a baby. Additionally, because of the effect it has on the release of toxins from your body, yoga makes you more energetic. This means you require less rest.
- Yoga Makes You Happier
Another great side effect of practicing yoga is that it makes you happier. While you may pass this off as a release of dopamine because of the exercise, yoga actually has a more permanent effect on your psyche.
Consistent yoga practice has been known to relieve depression, and significantly increase serotonin levels. It has also been known to decrease monoamine oxidase and cortisol.
In short, the benefits of yoga promotes a calming effect on your nervous system, boosting the release of hormones that make you happy.
- Yoga Helps You Focus
A recent study by the university of Illinois found that the benefits of yoga includes helping people complete tasks and improves productivity. Its influence on focus was higher than any other form of exercise. In its asanas yoga teaches you how to concentrate your energy and awaken your chakras.
Studies have found that yoga practice improves coordination, reaction time and even memory. In certain instances studies have shown that yoga practice can even increase I.Q. scores. Just 20 minutes of yoga could actually improve brain function. Isn’t that incredible?
- Increases Self-Esteem
If you feel like you could use a bit of a confidence boost. Start practicing yoga. Because yoga teaches you to focus on yourself and helps you take major steps towards self-improvement it also boosts your ego.
Add to that the benefits of relaxation, weight loss, and the fact that your sleeping better, and you are bound to feel a lot more confident.
- Increases Mental Strength
Yoga requires a lot of discipline and determination. Because of the strict exercise regiment yoga builds inner strength. Your mind learns how to focus on the exercise, breathing, and other requirements.
This new found focus is one of the many benefits of yoga which can be channeled to help correct other more dysfunctional habits.
- Stress Reliever
In a world where time is precious and each day seems to get more hectic, it’s important to have an outlet to release all the pent up stress and frustration. Yoga acts like a balm to your mind, soothing your thoughts and calming you down. It now only releases your stress, it helps you remain calm the next time a situation seems like it’s getting out of hand. It also helps fight the physical aspects of stress like high blood pressure and heart diseases.
There’s a reason yoga has become so popular. The postures focus on making your body healthy and your mind happier. So, if you’re looking to get stronger, happier and healthier, Yoga is perfect for you. Also, yoga is is said to be a gateway to spiritual awakening. What are you waiting for? Get started today! If you’re at Thanyapura, check into some of our yoga classes with Erin and Natasha to start experiencing some of the benefits of yoga.
About the Author
Pierre 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.
About the Author
Bochakorn 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.