Yoga and meditation can be great ways to relax and quiet the mind, and a growing amount of research has shown that these mindfulness practices may even be effective for treating physical and mental health problems ranging from heart disease to depression.
But the benefits don’t stop there. Mind-body practices may also keep you away from the hospital, according to a study by researchers at Benson-Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital.
Some of these benefits are well known and fairly obvious, while others are more obscure and may leave you thinking, “I had no idea yoga could help with that!” They span a wide range from purely physical, mental or emotional, to deeply spiritual.
There are such a wide variety of benefits to your mind body and spirit when it comes to yoga and meditation, here are some of the amazing benefits:
⭐️ Increases your body awareness.
⭐️ Helps develop motor skills for kids.
⭐️ Improves balance.
⭐️ Lowers levels of adrenaline, cortisol, and catecholamines (all responses to stress.)
⭐️ Lowers blood pressure.
⭐️ Lowers cholesterol.
⭐️ Eases the symptoms of asthma.
⭐️ Decreases inflammatory markers.
⭐️ Decrease in cellular ageing.
⭐️ Often helps make labor shorter and easier.
⭐️ Elevates brain gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) levels. (Lows levels are associated with Alzheimer’s disease.)
⭐️ Calms and soothes the nervous system.
⭐️ Increases optimism.
⭐️ Increases self confidence.
⭐️ Improves intuitive abilities.
⭐️ Reduces symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
⭐️ Releases lactic acid build up. (Lactic acid can cause muscle soreness, stiffness, pain, and fatigue.)
Are mind is so important in preventing and helping to fight disease, this is why yoga and meditation really do aid in helping people to live happy and healthier lives.