Thursday, 12 June 2014

Scientifically Proven Health Benefits of Yoga

Yoga has been around for about 5,000 years, and is a comprehensive practice that integrates mental, physical, and spiritual elements.

Health benefits from regular yoga practice includes but is not limited to: improved immune function; reduced risk for migraines; improved sexual performance; better sleep; and reduced food cravings.

Research has shown yoga can improve heart health by lowering blood pressure and other risk factors, and can even benefit those with atrial fibrillation (irregular heartbeat).

Yoga has a beneficial impact on leptin, a hormone that regulates energy intake and expenditure, leading the researchers to theorize that yoga may benefit your health by altering leptin and adiponectin production.

An analysis of more than 100 studies looking at the effect of yoga on mental health found the practice to have a positive effect on depression, sleep problems, schizophrenia, and ADHD.

Ottawa Holistic Wellness Centre

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