Yoga is one of those of those activities that has become increasingly popular throughout the last couple of decades. More and more people seem to enjoy practicing it, and there are many ways to learn how to carry out the postures.
Start doing yoga
From going to classes, to following videos on Youtube, there are multiple ways to learn the art of doing yoga, so that you too, can start reaping its benefits.
You’ve probably already heard about the thousands of incredible benefits yoga has for your health. But what are they, really? We go over them with you to make sure you know what amazing things this activity is bringing into your life.
Numerous studies have been carried out on yoga and its benefits. Said studies have been able to determine what complex psychological impacts certain body postures have. They studied three different types of yoga: “tadasana”, “urdhva hastasana” and “garudasana”.
Energy and self-esteem
Subjects of the study had to hold simple postures for not longer than 2 minutes. After, research found that their feelings of energy and self-esteem had been improved, independently of how they had been feeling before. In comparison to the control group, that is.
The “vagus nerve”
Behind this change might lay the functioning of the vagus nerve, which is responsible for the unconscious functionings of the body (like breathing, blood flow and digestion).
The scientific findings on yoga have concluded that it improves chronic pain. It helps control various diseases like: coronary artery disease, asthma, lymphoma, breast cancer and diabetes.
Yoga and mental illnesses
It’s also advantageous to people who suffer from mental illnesses like anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress, and others. And even if you’re completely healthy, yoga will still improve your life.
This almost miraculous activity reduces fatigue and increases your energy levels. It’s great for both your physical and mental health.
Human behavior and social interaction
All in all, yoga postures improve the functioning of the vagus nerve, which connects your brain to your body. It’s responsible for the neutral functioning of the body parts involved with communication.
Yoga also improves human behavior, as well as our social interactions. This happens because carrying out this activity allows us to feel calm and relaxed, as well as confident in what others regards.
The fun part is that feeling relaxed and calm in turn stimulates the vagus nerve, meaning it’s sort of a circular behavior. It’s a reciprocal process.