What do you benefit from yoga?

Yoga is also called a “moving meditation”, where your mind becomes calm and healthy with proper breathing techniques. A series of yoga poses, asanas, help you gain sufficient muscles without hard exercises, activate your brain and nervous system, and lead you to a healthy body. Yoga also works on the endocrine system and the immune system by regulating the autonomic nervous system.

Furthermore, by practicing yoga meditation, you can focus on your inner self and change your level of awareness. This change of awareness may change your actions and thus help improve your interaction with others.

Medical/physiological effects of yoga known so far are as follows:

  • The autonomic nervous system is stabilized (The parasympathetic nerves become dominant).
  • Metabolism is slightly slowed down and stabilized.
  • Blood clotting can be prevented.
  • Body temperature is better regulated.
  • Respiratory function is improved.
  • Endocrine function is improved.
  • The number of alpha waves increases.

Some reports show that yoga was clinically effective for long-term management of diabetes, hypertension and asthma.