Why Yoga Exercise is Good for You Model!

Yoga books tell us that Yoga, as we all know, is aimed to unite the mind, the body, and the spirit. Yogis view that the mind and the body are one, and that if it is given the right yoga kit and tools and taken to the right environment, it can find harmony and heal itself. Yoga therefore is considered therapeutic. It helps you become more aware of your body's posture, alignment and patterns of movement. It makes the body more flexible and helps you relax even in the midst of a stress stricken environment. This is one of the foremost reasons why people want to start Practicing Yoga - to feel fitter, be more energetic, be happier and peaceful.

Yoga is a science that has been practiced for thousands of years. It is consists of Ancient Theories, observations and principles about the mind and body connection which is now being proven by modern medicine. Substantial research has been conducted to look at the Health Benefits of Yoga - from the Yoga Postures (Asanas), Yoga Breathing (Pranayama), and Meditation. The information on Yoga Poses & Benefits are grouped into three categories-physiological, psychological, biochemical effects. Furthermore, scientists have laid these results against the benefits of regular exercise.

Physiological Benefits of Yoga

  1. Stable autonomic nervous system equilibrium

  2. Pulse rate decreases

  3. Respiratory rate decreases

  4. Blood Pressure decreases (of special significance for hyporeactors)

  5. Galvanic Skin Response (GSR) increases

  6. EEG - alpha waves increase (theta, delta, and beta waves also increase during various stages of meditation)

  7. EMG activity decreases

  8. Cardiovascular efficiency increases

  9. Respiratory efficiency increases

  10. Gastrointestinal function normalizes

  11. Endocrine function normalizes

  12. Excretory functions improve

  13. Musculoskeletal flexibility and joint range of motion increase

  14. Breath-holding time increases

  15. Joint range of motion increase

  16. Grip strength increases

  17. Eye-hand coordination improves

  18. Dexterity skills improve

  19. Reaction time improves

  20. Posture improves

  21. Strength and resiliency increase

  22. Endurance increases

  23. Energy level increases

  24. Weight normalizes

  25. Sleep improves

  26. Immunity increases

  27. Pain decreases

  28. Steadiness improves

  29. Depth perception improves

  30. Balance improves

  31. Integrated functioning of body parts improves

Psychological Benefits of Yoga

  1. Somatic and kinesthetic awareness increase

  2. Mood improves and subjective well-being increases

  3. Self-acceptance and self-actualization increase

  4. Social adjustment increases

  5. Anxiety and Depression decrease

  6. Hostility decreases

  7. Concentration improves

  8. Memory improves

  9. Attention improves

  10. Learning efficiency improves

  11. Mood improves

  12. Self-actualization increase

  13. Social skills increases

  14. Well-being increases

  15. Somatic and kinesthetic awareness increase

  16. Self-acceptance increase

  17. Attention improves

  18. Concentration improves

  19. Memory improves

  20. Learning efficiency improves

  21. Symbol coding improves

  22. Depth perception improves

  23. Flicker fusion frequency improves

Biochemical Benefits of Yoga

  1. Glucose decreases

  2. Sodium decreases

  3. Total cholesterol decreases

  4. Triglycerides decrease

  5. HDL cholesterol increases

  6. LDL cholesterol decreases

  7. VLDL cholesterol decreases

  8. Cholinesterase increases

  9. Catecholamines decrease

  10. ATPase increases

  11. Hematocrit increases

  12. Hemoglobin increases

  13. Lymphocyte count increases

  14. Total white blood cell count decreases

  15. Thyroxin increases

  16. Vitamin C increases

  17. Total serum protein increases

Yoga Health Benefits versus Exercise Benefits

Yoga Benefits

  1. Parasympathetic Nervous System dominates

  2. Subcortical regions of brain dominate

  3. Slow dynamic and static movements

  4. Normalization of muscle tone

  5. Low risk of injuring muscles and ligaments

  6. Low caloric consumption

  7. Effort is minimized, relaxed

  8. Energizing (breathing is natural or controlled)

  9. Balanced activity of opposing muscle groups

  10. Noncompetitive, process-oriented

  11. Awareness is internal (focus is on breath and the infinite)

  12. Limitless possibilities for growth in self-awareness

Exercise Benefits

  1. Sympathetic Nervous System dominates

  2. Cortical regions of brain dominate

  3. Rapid forceful movements

  4. Increased muscle tension

  5. Higher risk of injury

  6. Moderate to high caloric consumption

  7. Effort is maximized

  8. Fatiguing (breathing is taxed)

  9. Imbalance activity of opposing groups

  10. Competitive, goal-oriented

  11. Awareness is external (focus is on reaching the toes, reaching the finish line, etc.)

  12. Boredom factor

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