Friday, May 6, 2011

Health Benefits of Yoga go On, On, On, On...

From lowering blood pressure to increasing pain tolerance, the following health benefits can all be discovered within the body. 
Blood pressure. A consistent yoga practice decreases blood pressure through better circulation and oxygenation of the body.  Any inversion asana and pranyama (breathing through the nose with full inhales and exhales of equal length) have been known to lower blood pressure. 
Pulse rate. A slower pulse rate indicates that your heart is strong enough to pump more blood with fewer beats. Regularly practicing yoga provides a lower pulse rate. 
Circulation. Yoga improves blood circulation. By transporting nutrients and oxygen throughout your body, yoga practice provides healthier organs, skin, and brain. 
Respiratory. Like the circulatory system, a lower respiratory rate indicates that the lungs are working more efficiently. Yoga decreases the respiratory rate through a combination of controlled breathing exercises and better fitness. 
Cardiovascular endurance. A combination of lower heart rate and improved oxygenation to the body (both benefits of yoga) results in higher cardiovascular endurance.
Organs. Yoga practice massages internal organs, thus improving the ability of the body to prevent disease. Additionally, an experienced yoga practitioner becomes better attuned to her body to know at first sign if something isn’t functioning properly, thereby allowing for quicker response to head off disease. 
Gastrointestinal. Gastrointestinal functions have been shown to improve in both men and women who practice yoga. 
Metabolism. Having a balanced metabolism results in maintaining a healthy weight and controlling hunger. Consistent yoga practice helps find the balance and creates a more efficient metabolism.

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