Medical benefits of yoga

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  • 1. MEDICALBENEFITS OF YOGA
    BY
    YOGA KAUSTUBH
  • 2.
    • INCREASES FLEXIBILITY- increased range of movement, tightness relieved.
    • 3. STRENGTHENS MUSCLES- leads to back pain, and falls in the elderly, Y builds endurance
    • 4. IMPROVES BALANCE- mind it! Loss of balance and a fall is one of the causes in old age and avoid hospitalization and huge bills
    • 5. IMPROVES IMMUNITY- asanas, pranayam and dhyana very strongly improves
    • IMPROVES POSTURE- banishes slumping and increases the life span. Poor posture increases atherosclerosis. Reduces Kyphosis and shortness of breath. Strap exercise!
    • 6. IMPROVES LUNG FUNCTION- slump pushes ribs into the ab, restricting oxy. Improves vital capacity, breath holding time, &peak flow rate. Very useful in asthma!
    • ENHANCES SLOWER AND DEEPER BREATHING- shallow breaths agitates. Short breathers of 20/min reduced to 6/min. Effective in CHF.
    • 7. DISCOURAGES MOUTH BREATHING- promotes nasal inhalation & exhalation. Banishes Sleep Apnea. Calms nervous system.
    • 8. OXYGENATION OF TISSUES- increases oxygen & Hb. Eliminates metabolic wastes and effective delivery of nutrients to muscles, organs & skin
    • IMPROVES JOINT HEALTH- pumps synovial fluid, lubricates joint and lessens wear & tear
    • 9. NOURISHES VERTEBRAE- promotes movement of nutrients thro’ back bends, forward bends, twists
    • 10. VENOUS BLOOD RETURN- asana practice pushes from periphery to centre, less strain for heart
    • INCREASES CIRCULATION OF LYMPH- lymphatic vessels lack muscles, stretching and contracting improves
    • 11. IMPROVES PROPRIOCEPTION- asanas increase the body awareness and teaches you to notice the subtle changes
    • 12. STRENGTHENS BONES- due to reduction in Cortisol and weight bearing postures calcium retained
    • TONES CARIO- by reducing stress, anxiety, depression and heart rate strengthens heart. Aerobic activity promoted with SURYA NAMASKARA
    • 13. PROMOTES WEIGHT LOSS- well documented proof for permanent wt loss. Eating disorder also addressed.
    • 14. IMPROVES BRAIN FUNCTION- by improving co ordination, reaction time concentration and memory
    • ACTIVATES PRE FRONTAL CORTEX- functional MRI shows a correlation with greater levels of happiness, better immune function and more flexibility in outlook, less hostility.
    • 15. LOWERS CORTISOL, BP, SUGAR-
    • 16. IMPROVES THE LEVELS OF CHOL, TGL- by reducing the stress and aerobic activity (SN) LDL is lowered and HDL is increased.
    • THINS BLOOD-yoga reduces tendency to form clot, which leads to heart attacks and strokes.
    • 17. IMPROVES BOWEL FUNCTION- stress a contributor from IBS to ulcer, diarrhea to constipation can be effectively controlled
    • 18. RELEASES UNCONSIOUS MUSCLE GRIPPING- clenching teeth, holding pen or steering wheel… reduces chronic tension which upsets mood and stress level.
    • LOWERS LEVEL OF MEDICATION- due to healing properties and better assimilation. Lessens drug-drug interactions and drug dependency.
    • 19. IMPROVES PSYCHOLOGICAL HEALTH- inter personal relationship, mood, happiness, contentment, self esteem, modesty increased
    • 20. LEADS TO HEALTHIER HABITS- promotes right eating, quit vices, disciplined and happy life style
    • Yoga halves chances of irregular heart beats- A leading cause of stroke who use anti depressents