Some people might think that yoga is only about crazily-contorted poses, but then these people would only be partially correct. What makes yoga so awesome is that it is quite a healthy activity with a great number of benefits.

Yoga incorporates those crazily-contorted poses with breathing exercises designed to relax and reduce stress. Practicing yoga comes with a number of healthy benefits all backed by studies and science. Privis Health,  improving patient care through population health management, offers the benefits of yoga.

It Will Make You Stronger

Most of you are probably aware that yoga does wonders for your flexibility, with all of the crazy poses and all. But what you may not know is that yoga will also increase your strength. People who practice yoga will experience a decrease in body fat and an increase in body strength. Which is one reason why yoga is a great way to get into or stay in shape.

It Can Relieve Migraine Headaches

Migraines, in case some of you don’t know, are recurring headaches that cause severe pain and are often treated with medication. Research has shown that people who suffer from migraines can enjoy fewer headaches and a decreased intensity of migraines through practicing yoga.

It Can Help You Sleep Better

Sleep issues can be linked to such conditions as high blood pressure, depression and even obesity. This is all in addition to how lousy you feel when you don’t get enough sleep.

One recent study compared people who participated in yoga and people who did not. At the end of the study, the group of people who practiced yoga reported that they fell asleep faster and slept better and longer than those who did not participate in yoga. Additionally, the group of people who did participate in yoga reported they felt better and more rested in the morning when they woke up.

It Can Reduce Chronic Pain

Millions of Americans are affected by chronic pain and many of them deal with it by taking medication. And as many of you know, this isn’t always the best way to deal with chronic pain and can lead to addiction.

There is a growing body of research that suggests practicing yoga may help reduce certain types of chronic pain. These studies suggest that in some cases, yoga reduces chronic pain better than medication.

It Helps Fight Depression

There are several studies that show yoga has an anti-depressant effect and could help decrease the symptoms of depression. Yoga is one way in which you can decrease the levels of cortisol, which is the stress hormone in your body that has a huge influence on your levels of serotonin, which is directly related to depression.

It Can Keep You From Getting the Flu

Yoga has been proven to strengthen your immune system at the cellular level, which means it can help you fight off the flu as well as other nasty bugs that want to bring you down.

It Is Good for Your Heart

There have been several studies that show yoga is good for the heart. Yoga can reduce high blood pressure, reduce bad cholesterol and relieve stress, all which just happen to be risk factors for heart disease.

It Can Help Reduce Stress

Every single one of us suffers from stress, some of us suffer it worse than others. There are positive ways in which people can deal with stress, and yoga is one of them.

Anybody who has practiced yoga will tell you just how calming and relaxing it is. Yoga is a wonderful way to unwind and relax after a hectic day at the office that has left you stressed out.

It Can Make You Smarter

No kidding. One study showed that after just 20 minutes of yoga your brain’s ability to process information more accurately is improved. And if you don’t believe us, the study was published in the Journal of Physical Activity and Health.

Yoga teaches you how to focus better and pay attention to details. This mindful awareness correlates with changes in the brain in the region associated with attention and memory.

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