I have had a yoga practice off and on for years. I love it and I found a way to do it more that I will share at the end of this post! 🙂

I decided to focus on yoga this week and my science and spirit article is exploding off the charts with statistical information!

So most people want to know the health benefits of yoga. There are a TON here is a really good list of them from THIS ARTICLE:

Physiological Benefits

  • Stable autonomic nervous system equilibrium, with a tendency toward
  • parasympathetic nervous system dominance rather than the usual stress induced sympathetic nervous system dominance
  • Pulse rate decreases
  • Respiratory rate decreases
  • Blood pressure decreases (of special significance for hyporeactors)
  • Galvanic Skin Response (GSR) increases
  • EEG – alpha waves increase (theta, delta, and beta waves also increase during
    various stages of meditation)
  • EMG activity decreases
  • Cardiovascular efficiency increases
  • Respiratory efficiency increases (respiratory amplitude and smoothness
    increase, tidal volume increases, vital capacity increases, breath-holding time
  • Gastrointestinal function normalizes
  • Endocrine function normalizes
  • Excretory functions improve
  • Musculoskeletal flexibility and joint range of motion increase
  • Posture improves
  • Strength and resiliency increase
  • Endurance increases
  • Energy level increases
  • Weight normalizes
  • Sleep improves
  • Immunity increases
  • Pain decreases

Psychological Benefits

  • Somatic and kinesthetic awareness increase
  • Mood improves and subjective well-being increases
  • Self-acceptance and self-actualization increase
  • Social adjustment increases
  • Anxiety and depression decrease
  • Hostility decreases
  • Psychomotor functions improve:
    • o Grip strength increases
    • Dexterity and fine skills improve
    • Eye-hand coordination improves
    • Choice reaction time improves
    • Steadiness improves
    • Depth perception improves
    • Balance improves
    • Integrated functioning of body parts improves
  • Cognitive function improves:
    • Attention improves
    • Concentration improves
    • Memory improves
    • Learning efficiency improves
    • Symbol coding improves
    • Depth perception improves
    • Flicker fusion frequency improves

Biochemical Effects

  • The biochemical profile improves, indicating an anti-stress and antioxidant effect,
    important in the prevention of degenerative diseases.
  • Glucose decreases
  • Sodium decreases
  • Total cholesterol decreases
  • Triglycerides decrease
  • HDL cholesterol increases
  • LDL cholesterol decreases
  • VLDL cholesterol decreases
  • Cholinesterase increases
  • Catecholamines decrease
  • ATPase increases
  • Hematocrit increases
  • Hemoglobin increases
  • Lymphocyte count increases
  • Total white blood cell count decreases
  • Thyroxin increases
  • Vitamin C increases
  • Total serum protein increases
  • Oxytocin increases
  • Prolactin increases
  • Oxygen levels in the brain increase

That is one serious list!!!! The same article has a list of benefits from yoga versus other conventional exercises. And has an extensive source list.

Another article measured the effects of implementing a yoga class in the place of traditional physical education classes in secondary schools.

The goal of this study was to evaluate potential mental health benefits of yoga for adolescents in secondary school. Students were randomly assigned to either regular physical education classes or to 11 weeks of yoga sessions based upon the Yoga Ed program over a single semester. Students completed baseline and end-program self-report measures of mood, anxiety, perceived stress, resilience, and other mental health variables. Independent evaluation of individual outcome measures revealed that yoga participants showed statistically significant differences over time relative to controls on measures of anger control and fatigue/inertia. Most outcome measures exhibited a pattern of worsening in the control group over time, whereas changes in the yoga group over time were either minimal or showed slight improvements. These preliminary results suggest that implementation of yoga is acceptable and feasible in a secondary school setting and has the potential of playing a protective or preventive role in maintaining mental health.

Wouldn’t it be great if instead of phy-ed you could take a yoga class!!?? I love the direction this planet is headed in if this is the case.

Yet another article studied the effects of yoga on preventing heart disease and found that it is helpful to patients with the disease as well as in preventing it.

From everything I’ve read I am very impressed by the amount of amazing good things that can come from practicing yoga! I knew it was very good for you but I honestly didn’t know it was this good. There is just so much research out there – it was very overwhelming!! If you want to read more about it there are tons of scientific studies. I just went to scholar.google.com and searched for things about yoga. 🙂

I find that it is hard for me to get out to actually take a yoga class so I got this program to do at home and it has helped me increase my yoga practice to every day and I am seeing HUGE benefits from it.

It’s a really easy program that I highly recommend. It’s from Kris Fondran, The Body-Transforming Yoga Expert Seen in Cosmopolitan, SHAPE Magazine, and the Yoga Journal.

PLUS it’s on sale (at the time this post is going up) and also comes with some great bonuses that I know you will love. (It’s covered by a 60 day money back guarantee so it’s completely risk free.)


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