There are many benefits of yoga, which you might not have heard of. A lot of people have experienced these benefits for themselves while others have been identified through research. There are quite a lot of benefits that yoga offers. There is no doubt about that. Let us take a close look at some of them.
Regulates the adrenal glands
It might interest you to know that yoga helps to lower our levels of cortisol. Many people may not know about this. The adrenal glands, helps to secrete cortisol in response to an acute crisis, which boosts the immune function on a temporal level. If your level of cortisol stays high even after the crisis, they can also compromise the immune system. Temporal boosts of cortisol helps a lot. It helps with long-term memory, but chronically, high levels undermine memory and may also cause some permanent changes in your brain. In addition to this, excessive cortisol is associated with major issues like depression, osteoporosis, high blood pressure, as well as insulin resistance. In animals like rats, a higher level of cortisol causes what is known to researcher’s as “food-seeking behavior” This is the kind of action that pushes you to eat, whenever you are upset, angry or stressed. What the body does is to take those extra calories and distribute them as fat in the abdomen, thus contributing to weight gain and the risk of diabetes and heart attack.
Makes you happier
If you are feeling sad, you can try Lotus. If you are not feeling better yet, rise up into a backbend or soar royally into the King Dancer Pose. The pose might be difficult but studies have recorded that consistent yoga practice can help a lot. It can help you to improve depression and lead to a significant rise in the levels of serotonin, as well as a decrease in the levels of monoamine oxidase as well as cortisol.
Creates a healthy lifestyle
The adage of many dieter is “move more, and eat less” Yoga can help at both ends. One important thing about yoga is to practice regularly. A regular practice gets you moving and enables you to burn calories. However, the spiritual as well as the emotional dimension of your yoga practice may encourage you to address any eating or weight-related problems on a deeper level. Yoga may also inspire an individual to become a more conscious eater.