Yoga is now as common in America as any other fitness niche, but what are the benefits of yoga?
You’ll hear all sorts of praises regarding yoga from its practitioners. You’ll hear about anything ranging from peace of mind to fat loss. It all depends on whom you ask and what the clinical data is.
What Really Makes Yoga Offer?
Scientists have been studying yoga for decades now. The problem with it is that different people acquire different benefits from yoga. Most have similar benefits, but some will claim other benefits that aren’t part of the routine. When looking at it physically, yoga does help with stretching, strengthening the muscles, ligaments, joints, and tendons.
This makes it less likely a person will get cramps during the regular activities of the day or while doing exercises or sports. It’s both preventative and remedial regarding one’s physical health.
It also helps in circulation, breathing, and balance. All these benefits become apparent rather quickly after a few weeks of practice, and with longer application these benefits reach optimum, allowing the practitioner to perform more challenging yoga positions and improve their general lives.
Non-Physical Benefits of Yoga
As for non-physical benefits, yoga is well renowned for allowing a peace of mind kind of existence. That covers issues of stress and inflammation. Stress is a dangerous thing. It can sneak up on a person and do severe damage if not handled. Sometimes people don’t even realize they’re under so much stress because it comes from two sources, physical stress, and mental stress. Both affecting the other which makes it a deadly duo. Yoga allows a person to take control of their mind and body.
So much control that it almost seems supernatural what some yogis can do. We’ve all heard stories about yogis who could hold their breath for extended periods of time or start and stop their heartbeats, control their blood pressure and body temps. This has been proven, but that is at the top of the scale of yoga practitioners. The average person will experience lots of changes that alleviate stress and its symptoms.
People will also claim spiritual benefits. A feeling of well-being, serenity, and love. They report how they heal faster when injured or can affect the lives and health of other creatures like their pets or even plants. These types of benefits science can’t qualify or quantify, but people swear by them none the less.
Yoga is and continues to grow in popularity, and as it has now gone mainstream, more robust data about its benefits will inevitably emerge from the scientific community.