You may have noticed a fitness pattern if you happen to have been to a major city in the past 10 or 20 years: yoga. With thousands of years of experience, this form of Indian psychotherapy has reached gyms, colleges, and even religious centres worldwide. Each week, new yoga centres emerge, promoting new types of yoga, and releasing recent health statements. Interestingly, yoga is not only used as a leisure exercise but primarily as a way to enhance and preserve health: a national survey reveals that yoga is performed for health purposes by about 31 million American adults (more than 13 per cent of the total population).
Yoga Regulates Blood Pressure
By stretching muscles and changing posture, decreasing blood pressure by balancing the autonomic nervous system, and reducing inflammation by managing chronic stress, clinical trials have shown that yoga enhances pain. Yoga has not only been perceived by more and more individuals in recent years as a way to relieve stress and boost physical health, but it can also overcome mental discomfort. This is not surprising: Patanjali, the Indian saint and the “grandfather” of modern yoga described yoga around 2,000 years ago as “controlling the fluctuations of thought.” The key symptoms of many mental disorders are “psychic fluctuations,” reflection, or uncontrollable thoughts.
Yoga is Beneficial to the Elderly
A few days ago, scientists from the University of Edinburgh discovered through research in a research study published in the International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity that yoga may help improve the health of people in old age, and the elderly who practice yoga may be more able to be in a healthier mental and physical condition. Yoga can improve the biological function and mental health of people over 60 years of age, researchers suggest. Improved muscle control, coordination, and flexibility are also included in the physical benefits of yoga (an ancient form of practice that involves using posture and controlled breathing), sex, etc. Doing yoga will promote the body by enhancing the mental health of older adults with depression, such as the quality of sleep and the vitality of the body, etc.
Yoga, the Solution to Backpain
One of the significant problems in the world is back pain. In the United States, at some point in their lives, four out of five individuals have endured back pain. Back pain is the cause why many people visit a doctor in the United Kingdom, and one of the most common causes of absenteeism in the UK which is currently costing workers more than £ 3 billion per year due to back pain.
There is a very convenient way to stop back pain, though, and that is to do yoga. Recent studies by researchers found that this ancient Indian practice has many beneficial effects on alleviating back issues; and yoga lessons involve stretching, breathing, and relaxation.
Yoga Reduces Risk in Having Diseases and Depression
An article in the magazine recently published in ‘Frontiers in Immunology’ revealed: meditation, yoga, and tai chi exercise not only helps us to relax but also to alter the DNA response characteristics within our bodies, thereby reducing disease and risk of illness and depression. This paper summarizes the studies in the last decade on the effect on our genes of yoga, meditation, and other intervention exercise therapy. The author claims that those mentioned above physical and mental intervention interventions (MBI) can have a profound effect on the body, thereby improving our physical and mental health, based on 18 linked studies involving 846 participants over 11 years.
Dementia No More
The findings of a recent study published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease indicate that the occurrence of mild cognitive impairment (MCI) and other dementias in the elderly can substantially be decreased by completing three months of yoga and meditation practice. MCI is characterized primarily by visible improvements in cognitive functions, which are manifested by symptoms such as memory and ability to think. While this will not affect the everyday life of people, over time, the condition will get worse, and the occurrence of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias will rise.
Yoga Helps Reduce Menopausal Symptoms
An article published in Menopause magazine recently reported that a new Brazilian study found that practising yoga twice a week can help reduce menopausal symptoms such as insomnia. Dr Helena Hachul and her colleagues observed menopausal women suffering from insomnia at the Federal University of Sao Paulo in Brazil.
The researchers divided 44 women into three classes at random, 15 received no treatment (comparative group), 14 received stretching instruction and physiotherapy twice a week (physiotherapy group), and the remaining 15 participated in the yoga class (yoga group) twice-weekly activity. Trying posture preparation and breathing training was given for the women involved in the yoga group. Four months later, women in the “yoga community” had slightly fewer menopausal symptoms than those in the “comparative group” and “physiotherapy group,” such as hot flashes, night sweats, anxiety, irritability, insomnia, and depression.