It’s not just the gravity-defying, crazily-contorted poses that make yoga so awesome, it’s the fact there are so many benefits to practicing it. It’s no secret that the benefits of yoga transcend just getting a great looking body. Regularly attending a yoga class and engaging in the downward dog pose can actually transform your life, even if you don’t really get into the spiritual side of it.

The purpose of yoga is to create awareness, strength and harmony in both your mind and body. Privis Health, You provider of healthcare data analytics, offer you the benefits of yoga.

Focus

It is impossible to be in tune with your body when you are thinking about the meeting you have to attend at work or the presentation you have to give. And you are always fretting over what to make for dinner or thinking about having to return your friend’s phone call.

Let’s face it, there is always something on our minds and it gets in the way of genuine happiness. Once you are able to free yourself from your own thoughts, you will find yourself more focused on the task at hand.

Practicing yoga teaches you, through a variety of breathing tactics and poses, how to avoid the distractions that your thoughts tempt you with.

Social

Yoga breeds connection. Yoga is non-judgmental, and the more you practice it, the more you come to accept people for who they are and the less judgment you will have in your everyday life. In time, you will learn to accept others fully, no matter their social status, interests or popularity.

Pain Relief

Studies show that yoga can relieve pain. Whether you suffer from a chronic condition or just get sore every once in awhile, yoga can ease pain through meditation and postures.

Eat Better

People who regularly practice yoga tend to eat more mindfully than those who don’t do yoga. Yoga encourages you to focus on your breathing and the sensations in your body. It trains your brain to notice what is happening with your body. As a result, you begin to see food as fuel and you no longer pay so much attention to the sensations of hunger. This means you do less emotional eating, which is basically stuffing yourself silly and enduring food-related guilt afterward.

It Makes You Smart

Studies show that yoga improves your brain’s ability to accurately process information. When you are lifting weights or jogging, you usually do so while listening to music on your iPhone. Basically, you just zone out.

Yoga encourages you to pay attention to what you are doing. This mindful awareness has been correlated with structural changes in the brain. This includes growth in the prefrontal cortex, the part of your brain associated with working memory, executive function and attention.

Heart Health

When you open your heart to the practice of yoga, you reduce bad cholesterol, high blood pressure and stress. These conditions all are risk factors for heart disease.

Fighting the Flu

Yoga strengthens your immune system and helps protect you from colds and the flu. And even if you do come down with a cold or the flu, you will suffer less and recover quicker than those who don’t participate in yoga.

Sleep Better

A recent study took a look at different ways people treat insomnia and found that yoga was one of the most effective approaches for getting a good night’s sleep.

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