77 reasons why yoga is good for you.

  Whether you need motivation or you know someone who does, it’s amazing what yoga can do for you.

Health Benefits Within

From lowering blood pressure to increasing pain tolerance, the following health benefits can all be discovered within the body.

1, Regulates blood pressure

2, Lower pulse rate

3, Improved circulation

4, Lower respiratory rate

5, Higher cardiovascular endurance

6, Healthier organs

7, Improved gastrointestinal functions

8, Better immune system

9, Chronic pain relieved and tolerance higher

10, Balanced metabolism.

 Health Benefits Without

Just as many health benefits occur within the body, there are many benefits that can actually be experienced from without the body. 

11, Delay ageing

12, Improved posture

13, Stronger

14, More energy

15, Keeps your weight down

16, Sleep better

18, Improved balance

19, Mind and body better integrated

20, Increased awareness of your body

21, Core strength

22, Improved sex life

 Emotional Health Benefits

Due to the strong mind-body connection of yoga, there are many emotional benefits to be gained from a consistent yoga practice. 

23, Improved mood

24, Stress reduction

25, Reduced anxiety

26, Less depression

27, Self-acceptance

28, Self-control

29, Mind-body connection

30, Positive outlook on life

31, Less hostility

32, Improved Concentration and motivation

33, Better memory

34, Improved attention span

35, Social skills

36, Calmness.

Body Chemistry

Several aspects of body chemistry such as glucose levels and red blood cells are affected by yoga. 

37, Lower cholesterol

38, Stronger lymphatic system

39, Lower blood sugar levels

40, Reduced sodium

41, Improved hormonal system

42, Lower triglycerides

43, Increased level of red blood cells

44, Increased vitamin C

Exercise Health Benefits

As a form of exercise, yoga offers benefits that are sometimes not easily found among other exercise regimens.

45, Lower risk of injury (not only in class but in life!)

46, Improved Parasympathetic Nervous System (more relaxation and healing)

47, Better muscle tone

48, Subcortex of brain associated with wellbeing is stimulated

49, Reduced oxygen consumption leading to efficiency

50, Breathing more natural and controlled

51, Balanced workout of opposing muscle groups.

52, Non-competitive

53, Improved range of motion in joints

54, Better eye-hand coordination

55, Dexterity

56, Improved reaction time

57, Endurance

58, Depth perception

Disease Prevention

Doctors and nurses love yoga because studies indicate that it can help prevent the following diseases.

59, Reduces risk of heart disease

60, Prevents osteoporosis

61, Slows progression of Alzheimer’s

62, Prevents Type II diabetes

 Symptom Reduction or Alleviation

Medical professionals have learned that the following diseases or disorders can all be helped by maintaining a yoga practice.

63, Improved condition of Carpal tunnel syndrome sufferers

64, Reduced symptoms of Asthma

65, Arthritis symptoms relieved

66, Multiple sclerosis management

67, Cancer sufferers improve their wellbeing

68, Muscular dystrophy sufferers benefit

69, Reduced number of migraines

70, Helps people with scoliosis

71, Improved condition of sufferers of Chronic bronchitis

72, Can lessen effects of Epilepsy

73, Sciatic pain can be relieved

74, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder symptoms reduced

75, Constipation improved

76, Allergic reactions reduced

77, Back pain reduced

I found this comprehensive list on an American nursing site. I hope the UK medical profession is as enthusiastic about the benefits.

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