Numerous studies have proven that yoga has countless benefits to everyday life. Here are just a few of those benefits to start you off and if you guys take an interest in it like I have, I will do another post again on it <3
SLEEP BETTER: A research group from Harvard found that 8 weeks of yoga considerably enhanced the sleep quality of people who suffered with insomnia. Sleep problems are like anxiety, your head can’t stop spinning and you don’t know how to relax. Breathing the correct way along with mental exercises such as meditation allows the mind to slow down and relax so you’re going to start noticing yourself sleeping a whole lot better. Another study showed that two sessions of yoga a week helped cancer survivors feel less fatigued and sleep better.
EASE MIGRAINES: If you suffer from nasty migraines, then practising yoga will be beneficial to you for sure.
Studies show that you will suffer less painful migraines after three months of yoga. Hunching over a computer or mobile phone with your shoulders up and head forward causes over lifting of your trapezius and tightening of your neck which causes the head to pull forward and creates muscle imbalances that can contribute to headaches and migraines. So yoga helps you to be aware of your posture and in turn, this will improve it.
BOOST IMMUNITY: Yoga helps to boost your immunity by simply increasing your overall health. As you breath better, sleep better, circulate better and move better, this will lead to all other organs functioning better. A Norwegian study taken not too long ago found that yoga practice results in changes in gene expression that boost immunity at a cellular level. Plus it doesn’t take long at all, the researchers discovered that changes occurred while participants were still on the mat!! (yes, that fast).
BOOSTS SEXUAL PERFORMANCE: Studies have found that 12 weeks of yoga can improve confidence, satisfaction, sexual desire, arousal, performance and orgasms for both women and men. There is two sides to this both mentally and physically. The positive effects it has mentally is that you have more control over your breathing and also more mind control which leads to an improved performance. Physically, yoga increases blood flow into the genital area, which is important for arousal and erections.
FIGHT FOOD CRAVINGS: By causing breathing awareness, regular yoga sessions strengthens the mind-body connection. This awareness can actually help you to tune in to the emotions involved with certain cravings and yoga breathing exercises can help you to slow down and think twice, which will lead to you making better choices when cravings strike.
Honestly there is just an insane amount of amazing and life changing benefits to practising yoga, just give it a try for a few weeks and I promise you you won’t look back. You will feel like a new person with a brand new attitude towards life. There are so many “unofficial” studies out there from people testing theories with yoga and they all seem to have nothing but fantastic things to say as a result, so do yourself a favour and give it a go, it will be one of the best things you will ever do! 🙂
Here are some basic poses for you guys to try out at home yourselves, why not get your family and friends involved? Yoga is very good for children too. If you’re interested in and would like to know more about children’s yoga, then here is a link to find out more about it: http://www.yogatherapyireland.com/yoga_children.html
STRIKE A POSE: Bridge Pose (Setu Bandha Sarvangasana)
Lie on your back with your knees bent and your feet hip-distance apart on the floor. With your hands resting on the floor begin to press down into your legs and draw your hips toward the sky. The key, is to keep your shoulders in line with the base of your neck, moving the back of the shoulders together so the shoulder blades are close. Lift your chest towards your chin and your chin away from your chest, so the upper trapezius muscles flow away from the head.
STRIKE A POSE: Bound Angle Pose (Baddha Konasana)
Sit with your feet together and your knees bent and reaching toward the floor. Slowly fold over your feet and trying to bring your knees closer to the ground while moving the groin back and engaging the pelvic floor muscles. It’s a great hip opener, plus the pelvic floor engagement tones the muscles for orgasm.
STRIKE A POSE: Corpse Pose (Savasana) with Diaphragmatic Breathing
Savasana is the final pose in a yoga class and is meant to restore the body. Lay on your back with your legs slightly apart, your arms extended at your side and your hands on your belly. Inhale and exhale through your nose, follow the breath and feel the belly rise and fall under your hands. The breath, muscles and mind should be completely relaxed.
STRIKE A POSE: Meditation
Sit or lay in any comfortable position and bring attention to the natural breath, moving in and out through your nose. Next, bring attention to the triangular area around the tip of your nose and upper lip, paying attention to your breath hitting this space as you exhale, the temperature of your breath and which nostril you’re breathing through. Try this for two minutes, working up to five or more. The key is to try and be still and focus just on the breath,
No moving, no reacting, just stay present.