Yoga Isn’t Just Good for Your Body, It’s Good for Your Mind Too!

10 Jun

In a time when most people are looking to improve their physical fitness, yoga is an option with a long list of health benefits. Here are just a few that go beyond improved strength, flexibility, and balance:

Improves reaction times and cognitive tasks. Researchers found an immediate benefit to brain function after a single 20-minute session of yoga. Study lead Dr. Neha Gothe writes, “It appears that following yoga practice, the participants were better able to focus their mental resources, process information quickly, more accurately and also learn, hold, and update pieces of information more effectively than after performing an aerobic exercise bout.”
Reduces stress by inhibiting inflammation. In a study that involved caregivers who commonly experience a high level of stress, researchers found “a reduced activity of those proteins linked directly to increased inflammation” among study participants who performed twelve minutes of yoga a day for eight weeks.
Helps manage chronic pain. The National Institutes of Health’s Dr. M. Catherine Bushnell reports that those who practice yoga have better function in several areas of the brain, including those involved in pain modulation.
Decreases depression symptoms in pregnant women. Pregnant women who participated in a mindful y10oga routine that focused on poses for the pregnant body experienced improved mood and a stronger attachment to their developing babies. With 1 in 5 women suffering from major depression during pregnancy, researchers believe that mindful yoga may be one of a few alternatives to treating mood disorders during gestation.

Remember, we’re always here to help your body heal
and maintain the pain free body you deserve.

This information should not be substituted for medical or chiropractic advice. Any and all health care concerns, decisions, and actions must be done through the advice and counsel of a health care professional who is familiar with your updated medical history.

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