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11 Amazing Health Benefits of Yoga Asanas | International Yoga Day 21st June 2017

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India is the home to Yoga, a practice that combines different yoga poses, breathing techniques and meditation.

This ancient Indian science does more than just acquaint you with nooks and crannies in your body that you doubt existed!. While the benefits of yoga have always been known, recently it has outreached on a broader level. We can even see our PM, Narendra Modi making efforts in uplifting Yoga practices.

Today, he was seen performing Yoga Asanas in the rain at Lucknow’s Ambedkar Sabha Sthal, to celebrate the International Yoga Day along with thousands of people.

Narendra Modi practising Yoga on International Yoga Day
Narendra Modi practising Yoga on International Yoga Day

“Today, Yoga has become a part of so many lives. Yoga’s popularity outside India is high & has connected the world with India.”
– Narendra Modi

There are many types of yoga too such as the Iyengar Yoga, Hatha Yoga, even the most recent and popular Patanjali yoga or Ramdev Yoga. On the day of International Yoga Day, we decided to venerate this science.

Presenting 11 lesser known benefits of yoga with yoga videos that is sure to leave you surprised and beelining outside a yoga class! 

1. Yoga’s Two-Pronged Actions on Immunity

And you thought yoga for weight loss would be the first point. Yoga helps greatly in boosting immunity. Yes, you read it right! A 2013 study in Plos One journal found that Hatha yoga resulted in a 3-fold increase in immune boosting genes and that too just within 2 hours of practising!

Apart from this, various yoga asanas help tackle stress, one of the key factors draining immunity. Guess yoga is the way to go to combat pollution and free radicals.

So this yoga day, start out well by practising this yoga for beginners poses as shown by Sobha Rani.

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2. Pump Up the Good Blood with these Yoga Asanas

This might seem like a no-brainer but the science behind it is wondrous. Inverted yoga postures such as the sirisasana, Sarvangasana mayurasana channelize impure blood from the lower part of the body to the heart and lungs where it is infused with oxygen.

Better oxygen flow means the better performance of the organs. In addition, yoga helps to thin blood, reducing the risk of the big daddies of heart issues such as heart attack and stroke. This is just among one of the benefits of yoga.

Doesn’t matter which type of yoga you practice, be it Patanjali Yoga propagated by Ramdev Baba, the important fact is to practice yoga regularly.

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Yoga poses help in good blood flow

3. Migrate Pesky Migraines Away with Yoga

Are migraines crippling your life? Behold the benefits of yoga exercises to banish those aches to never-land. A recent study found that practicing yoga poses for 3 months helped reduce migraine frequency and associated ugly effects. Another reason for flexing away to glory. Yoga for weight loss would be looking at this great science with a myopic view.

Yoga is about awakening. Yoga is about creating a life that brings more beauty and more love into the world. Make your life Beautiful on this International Yoga Day.

4. Sleep Your Troubles Off with Yoga Poses

Although most of us battle away excess sleep, for some people with insomnia (sleeplessness), it is a different battle altogether. Much to their good luck, yoga benefits them too.

Research finds restorative yoga asanas such as savasana, pranayama, and even meditation to encourage sleep.

Many researchers have blamed overactive mental and physical processes for sleeplessness. Yoga helps calm and soothe them, lulling one to a long night’s sleep. So this International Yoga Day, flex for a good sleep.

yoga asanas for good sleep
Did you know some yoga asanas can help you sleep well?

5. Yoga for Weight Loss: Fight Those Food Cravings 

Every weight watcher has their own personal war: resisting snacks; ‘complementing’ dinner with something sweet, among many. This ability to fight and win the taste battle can be made easy with yoga, say researchers.

A recent study found that people practising different types of yoga reported weight loss. Yoga promotes mindful meditation training the capricious mind to focus on breathing, meditation and holding difficult yoga poses.

A trained mind is better poised to distinguish between hunger and eating on a ‘whim’. So are you in on this weight loss yoga technique?

Did you know International Yoga Day repeats on the longest day in summer every year? This is also called Summer Solstice. A good day to try out different yoga asanas

6. Explore many Hues than Just the Blues

‘Being depressed’ is a commonly thrown around phrase for feeling low but the actual illness is not a matter to boast off. Consistent yoga has shown to help in depression.

On the scientific front, research shows that yoga and meditation help increase the levels of ‘feel good’ serotonin and decrease the activity of monoamine oxidase enzyme.

This enzyme is responsible for the breakdown of the feel good hormones which keep you up and away from earthly troubles. So go ahead and do that Ramdev yoga when you are down and out.

Benefits of yoga for battling depression
Yoga helps beat depression away as well

7. Strong Bones Just a Stretch Away

It is a well-documented fact that weight training helps improve bone strength. Many of the yoga postures require lifting your own body weight. Hence, practitioners recommend yoga for weight loss.

Some postures such as adho mukha śvānāsana or the downward facing dog help train the arm muscles and strengthen bones in the arm, which are more susceptible to osteoporotic fractures (the ones where your bones look like sponge and fractures at the slightest instant).

International Yoga Day Quote: In the practice of yoga one can emphasize the body, the mind or the self and hence the effort can never be fruitless.

Additionally, yoga also helps lower the levels of stress hormones cortisol which erodes calcium from the bones. Strong bones seem like a dream when you are ageing.

Hence, it is all the more imperative to do yoga! Truweight’s fitness trainer Sobha Rani brings forth gentle yoga exercises for senior citizens who are not actively mobile. So hop on and follow the yoga poses shown in the video below.

8. Helps Reduce High Blood Pressure with Relaxing Yoga Asanas

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Savasana can help reduce blood pressure

Almost all of us know one of the most relaxing yoga asanas is the savasana or the corpse pose. Two studies published in reputed journals compared the effects of savasana with simply lying on the couch.

They found that participants who practiced savasana experienced a 26-point drop in systolic blood pressure (the higher reading) and a 15-point drop in diastolic blood pressure (the lower reading). Blood pressure is one of the risk factors for deteriorating heart health.

This yoga day, reap in this unique benefit of yoga for good health

9. Helps Prevent Digestive Discomforts with Twisted Yoga Poses

ga asYoga asanas can help clear digestive discomfortsStress is one of the principal factors which increases the severity of ulcers, constipation, irritable bowel syndrome among other digestive problems.

One of the benefits of yoga is to help reduce stress. In addition, yoga is like any other form of physical activity, so it helps to reduce constipation.

Although not proven, some yogis believe that the twisting yoga poses help in easing constipation and improves the efficiency of waste elimination. So practice from different yoga videos and stay gut healthy. 

10. Condition your Heart with Yogic Poses

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Yoga can help condition your heart muscles to keep heart disease at bay

While some yoga asanas are also calming, if done vigorously or if you practice the more challenging Ashtanga yoga, then your heart rate can go in the aerobic zone.

However, studies have shown that yoga poses that do not jack up the heart rate in the aerobic zone still conditions the heart muscles. Yoga has shown to lower the resting heart rate, increase endurance, and can improve the maximum oxygen uptake.

These are the signs of good aerobic heart muscle conditioning. No wonder many recommend yoga for health. 

11. Gives you a Perfect Posture and Saves your Spine from Harm

Yoga for good spine health and posture
Yoga for good spine health and posture

Benefits of yoga extend to good posture and spine health too. Consider our head like a big heavy ball which is placed on an erect spine.

Because of this position, it reduces the load on the neck and back muscles. However, once you move it forward or backward, then it is a different ‘ball’ game.

Now do you get it why you feel tired after 8 straight hours of sitting? Not just that, certain yoga asanas and regular constant yoga practice provides a renewed flexibility that also helps keep the spinal discs supple.

Now you know how yoga is not just for weight loss but for holistic health. More reasons to do yoga! 

International Yoga Day Quotes: Yoga is not about Touching Your Toes.
It’s about Unlocking Your Ideas about what You want,
Where You Think You can Go, And How will You Achieve when You get there.

So what are you waiting for, this International Yoga Day try on different yoga asanas and improve your health. Be it Iyengar yoga, Hatha yoga, or Ramdev yoga, practice any stream to get good health.

Our yoga for beginners and yoga for senior citizen videos will also help you in the same. So try yoga for health from today.

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10 Comments
  1. OliviaBell says

    I never knew these facts and figures about Yoga. After reading this post, I am now well-versed with the concept as well as study of Yoga.

    Yoga Teacher Training is gaining a huge amount of popularity in the present times.

    1. Soma Raghavendra says

      Hi Olivia! We appreciate you for taking your time to read this article and understood the benefit of it. Doing yoga regularly will help you in weight-loss and leading a healthy lifestyle.

  2. Payal says

    Hello Shobha,
    Nowadays Yoga is mostly used for weight loss or burns calories, stress, Hypertension or a lot of issues. and these issues happened in every one life so all are like to do in their free time I am also doing practice for 6 months and feel better now

    do you also any video or any live session for yoga practice if you have then please share it

    Regards
    Payal

    1. somaraghavendra says

      Hi Payal! We thank you for provided us feedback. You are right about doing the yoga everyday, which helps you become healthy, burn calories and stress free and many more… keep following our blog to know such more information.

  3. Yoga Teacher Training Course says

    Yoga now a day is considered as a trend but yoga is not only a trend it is above than that because it is really very needful for your health.

    1. netravati says

      Thank you for your valuable feedback.

  4. Vinod Kumar Bhardwaj says

    Best way of living life.

    1. mehnaz says

      Hi Vinod,
      Thank you for writing to us. Yes, Yoga is indeed one of the best ways of life. 🙂

  5. Mrs Purnima Patel says

    i am nearly 62 years of age. i do attend a session once a week for yoga practice. i would like to watch a video or any ideas on healthy eating and mindfulness living.i am not a very positive person and i feel i might benefit from doing yoga.

    1. mehnaz says

      Hi Purnima,
      Yoga is definitely one of the most natural ways to maintain a healthy body. You can follow our Youtube channel for many videos on Yoga. Check out one video on Sun salutation yoga asanas here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=amP87T55F5w