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