Yoga is one of the healthiest forms of exercise in the world, and has many benefits that you probably have never even heard of!
Below, I will speak about some of the unique benefits that are different from what you possibly could expect you would get out of a daily yoga practice!
Yoga for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
The benefits of yoga for obsessive-compulsive disorder and depression are encouraging, even compared with traditional treatments and medicine.
According to the Indian Journal of Community Medicine, a systematic review demonstrated the beneficial effects of yoga interventions on depressive disorders. The results from a study of patients taking antidepressant medications but were only in partial remission showed remarkable reductions in anger, neurotic symptoms, depression, and anxiety after beginning a routine yoga practice.
The study also supported the potential of yoga as an effective complementary treatment for depression.
Studies have disclosed that yoga decreases stress, anxiety, levels of salivary cortisol, plasma renin levels, and 24-h urine norepinephrine and epinephrine levels. These may represent the possible mechanisms for the effects of yoga on both stresses, the stress-related diseases such as hypertension, coronary heart disease, diabetes.
Intrinsic Benefits of Starting Your Morning with Yoga
Did you know that studies indicate that 90 percent of people who exercise regularly (over three times weekly) are morning practitioners?
Well, now you know!
Having a well-established morning routine greatly encourages you to adhere to your routine in the long run.
Most of us live busy lives. And time is so valuable to be wasted. Also, most times, it may be difficult to attend a yoga class during the day, due to work and other activities that you engage in and prevent you from practicing.
This explains the reason why doing your morning yoga gives you great relief and helps you to maintain the routine easily.
You will have a great feeling of self-empowerment as a result of being disciplined in your routine when you have your morning yoga and exercise finished before 8 am.
Overall, this leads to increased mental strength and spreads to other areas of your life.
Morning yoga can assist you to build a healthy and consistent routine, which you can easily transfer to other areas of your life.
Helps Regulate Sleep Rhythm and Balances Your Hormones
The moment you develop the habit of practicing morning yoga, your body will also get accustomed to waking up at that particular time daily. After just a few days of practice, you will notice how this will make you feel alert and energized when you wake up!
While you practice yoga, the attention you pay to meditation, breathing, and Asana creates a positive effect on the endocrine system.
The endocrine system is the responsible for long-term body maintenance, so it is vital that we take the time to treat this system correctly.
The endocrine system makes use of glands and hormones to ensure that you’re balanced, which is an incredibly important function in our lives.
Along with many other features, individual yoga poses help to stimulate the pineal gland, which releases the melatonin hormone that contributes to regulating your sleep patterns.
When you continue to regulate your circadian sleep cycles, the feeling of confusion that occurs when you wake up from sleep (mainly due to sleep time that varies), starts to disappear!
Yoga Practice Improves Concentration
According to Netdoctor, when you practice yoga poses and meditation, you to focus on your breathing and internalize your movement much more than in any other type of exercise.
The process of monitoring your breathing helps to calm your mind and makes you more mentally relaxed. Due to mental stability, you will be able to recollect and retain, more information during the day.
You will be able to concentrate better during the day when you meditate for just a few minutes each morning!
We can recall quickly and have more organized thoughts when we reduce our mental stress by practicing yoga.
Prevents Achiness During the Day
After we lie down all night, our bodies naturally tend to a feeling of stiffness and tightness that makes it difficult to reach some places which we can later in the day.
While we sleep at night, our muscles are at complete rest.
When they are not moving, the layers of connective tissue and bodily fluid builds up between them. The urge we often get when we wake up from sleep is an act of releasing the fuzzy build up that can be found between our muscles!
When we don’t stretch and move, this layer will continue to thicken and make; resulting in chronically tight muscles, stiffness, and everyday aches and pain.
Practicing yoga not only lengthens our bodies but also stretches our bodies getting us ready for all movement all through the day.
Morning yoga poses help people who sit at a desk to counter their sedentary lifestyle.
It increases spinal flexibility and encourages better posture. It’s important to note that the poses we hold when we wake up in the morning will set our muscle memory into effect for standing tall, and easily walk while the day progresses!
Yoga is one form of exercise that is so beneficial to our lives that it almost makes no sense why anyone would not include it in their daily routine.
Whether you are looking to become more physically fit, improve your health vitals, or only make it through your everyday lives with more energy and a better mindset; yoga can help you develop all of this!
About the Author
The author of this article is Adam Kemp, a professional basketball player.
Adam has played basketball at the highest level of international basketball and made an appearance in the 2015 NBA Summer League with the Detroit Pistons.
Adam asserts that yoga is a vital part of his daily routine and a necessary form of training for any serious athlete.
You can learn more about Adam and his thoughts and theories on fitness and healthy living by visiting his website, www.AdamKempFitness.com.