A supple body, more inner balance, less stress. We already know: yoga is good. We would like to list some benefits for you!
THE BENEFITS OF YOGA FOR YOUR BODY
1. YOGA RELIEVES PAIN
Studies have shown that practicing yoga asanas (postures) and meditation, or a combination of both, relieves the pain of cancer patients, people with MS, people with immune disorders and high blood pressure, as well as people with back and neck complaints and other ailments. But actually, everyone benefits from it.
2. BETTER BREATHING
Yoga teaches you to breathe slower and deeper. Your lung function improves and your body relaxes. In this way you increase the amount of oxygen that is absorbed by your body.
3. YOU BECOME MORE FLEXIBLE
When you start doing yoga, your ligaments, tendons and muscles will lengthen after a while, allowing your body to take more different poses. The result: a better posture, your strength increases from head to toe, stiff muscles relax and neck and muscle complaints decrease.
4. YOU MAINTAIN WEIGHT
Yoga helps maintain your body weight, thanks to calorie burning and stress reduction. Also the exercises help you burn more calories for longer.
5. IMPROVES YOUR BLOOD CIRCULATION
Because of the different postures you do, the oxygen-rich blood can reach your body cells better.
6. IT IS GOOD FOR YOUR HEART AND BLOOD VESSELS
Even light yoga exercises have cardiovascular benefits. They lower your heart rhythm, increase stamina and improve oxygen uptake.
7. IT HAS A LOT OF ADVANTAGES DURING PREGNANCY
Yoga (except for some exercises) has nothing but positive effects on the hormonal system and the baby in your belly. Of course, a stressed mother has nothing to do with a baby: yoga makes you calmer during those nine months, and your breathing gets better as well. Want to bet that your pregnancy and childbirth will be smoother?
Except for the large spread, most yoga postures are basically harmless. And fortunately, because it would be a shame of course to forbid yourself certain things: that clashes with the freedom yoga stands for.
8. IT HELPS AGAINST NECK AND BACK COMPLAINTS
Anyone who sits at his desk all day often has neck and shoulder complaints. That’s logical, if you sit bent over all the time behind your laptop! In this article you will find some yoga exercises that can help you.
9. IT CAN PREVENT A COLD
Certain exercises release the nose, calm your body and increase your resistance. So try them regularly if you want to prevent a cold.
THE BENEFITS OF YOGA ON YOUR MIND
1. STRESS RELIEF
Yoga limits the physical impact of stress on your body. The stress hormone cortisol in your body decreases, your blood pressure and heart rhythm decreases. Your digestion improves and your immunity increases. Furthermore, yoga relieves symptoms of anxiety, depression, fatigue, asthma and insomnia.
2. YOU LIVE IN THE NOW
Yoga helps us focus on the present and creates a good balance between body and mind.
3. PROVIDES INTERNAL PEACE
Thanks to the meditative aspects of yoga you place yourself in life in a more satisfying and self-conscious way. People who practice yoga for other reasons often say that rest is the main reason why yoga has become and remained an essential part of their lives.
4. YOU GET MORE SELF-CONFIDENCE
Self-confidence has a lot to do with knowing your true self. And thanks to yoga you get more contact with it, which gives you more self-confidence. In addition, there is more physical well-being, more vitality and you have more resilience emotionally.
5. YOGA CAN HELP DURING THE MOURNING PROCESS
Losing a loved one: it is part of life, but brings with it immense sadness. The mourning process that follows can sometimes be so heavy that yoga can offer a way to make it more ‘bearable’. Ingeborg likes to tell you how:
While mourning, do you get to hear that it’s okay, and that you can stop crying now? Don’t! It’s no use piling up your grief, because mourning involves tears, and each tear restores your body.
People nowadays are often disconnected from their feelings, and because of this they don’t pick up the signals in time, with all its consequences. With yoga the emotions just come loose. Can’t you bring a class to a successful conclusion, because sadness comes to the surface? Then those feelings have priority!
You can also offer the movements that are made to the soul of the deceased person, this comes from the Eastern tradition, and gives more meaning to the yoga exercises.
Note: it is not the intention that grief continues to come to the surface. Do you notice that this is the case? Then it is best to look for help. Psychotherapy can be the remedy.
THE BENEFITS OF YOGA ON SEX AND RELATIONSHIPS
Yoga is also great fun when you involve your partner: not only will it strengthen your bond, it will also improve intimacy. According to Ingeborg, yoga is beneficial for intimacy: “Many women have at one point or another gone their separate ways, with the result that we have put our femininity in the fridge. Yoga just brings out that femininity and our soft side, and that has a positive effect on the sexual experience between a woman and her partner”.
The ‘Pranayama’ exercise is highly recommended for couples:
- The woman breathes out from her heart, to the heart of the man.
- The man can receive this very well through his heart and let it flow through to his pelvis.
- Then he breathes out from his pelvis.
- Finally the woman catches this through her pelvis.
In this way you get a circular breathing: just by breathing together you build up a loving field, without anything really (sexually) happening.