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Benefits of Yoga and Meditation

There are many reasons why people love yoga and meditation. Whether it is the improvement in flexibility, the escape from the hustle and bustle or the sense of relaxation. A lot of people may think of these benefits however, it may surprise you that there are a whole lot more!

Psychological Benefits

There have been numerous studies that have looked at the benefits of yoga and meditation, and not surprisingly, they have all found positive results. Benefits such as increased body awareness, alleviated stress, reduced muscle tension, and inflammation, and calms and centres the nervous system.

People have witnessed improvements in their lives in many different areas for example, education, employment, and health. Mind and body practices, for example, yoga, and meditation, help to ease stress and improve body imbalances. People have also seen an improvement in attention and concentration in the workplace and/or school.

Yoga and meditation is often a recommendation from health professionals as it has been shown to improve mental health symptoms such as:

  • Reduced sleep and sleep disturbance
  • Reduced anxiety
  • Increased feelings of well-being
  • Improved coping
  • Reduced depression

Also, yoga has been shown to increase the level of gamma-aminobutyric acid, or GABA, a chemical in the brain that helps to regulate nerve activity. This is especially relevant to people who have anxiety disorders in which GABA activity is low.

Physical Benefits

How can doing some poses and deep breathing have any positive physical effect on the body?

Common benefits people often refer to include increased flexibility and decreased muscle stiffness. However, relaxing into a pose along with some deep breathing lowers the brain’s response to threat.

Other benefits to name a few, include:

  • Improved posture
  • Increase in muscle strength
  • Prevents cartilage and joint breakdown
  • Increase in blow flow
  • Drains your lymph’s (a fluid rich in immune cells) and boosts immunity
  • Drops your blood pressure
  • Regulates your adrenal glands
  • Lowers blood sugar
  • Maintains your nervous system

 

If we haven’t already convinced you that yoga and meditation come with a whole heap of benefits, why not try it out and find out for yourself 😊

Written by Alannagh Kelly


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