6 Lesser-Known Benefits of Yoga

Hello Cultivaters! Check out today’s guest post about some of the benefits of yoga practice from Elizabeth Rago!

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yoga-RelaxingMusicIncreased flexibility, strength, and stress reduction are the more well-known benefits of yoga, but what are some lesser known physical perks of getting friendly with your mat? At first thought, this holistic health practice has always been celebrated for the integration of mind and body, yet the weaving of vitality through the anatomy is interrelated and so much more than merely flowing through poses. From healing after trauma to more vibrant skin, the physical perks to practicing yoga are more than just being a flexible Zen master.

#1 – Healthier Skin

The condition of your skin is often a peek into the health of your body. Yoga promotes increased circulation, blood and oxygen flow to the dermis which results in more vibrant skin. But inverted poses alone will not do the trick. The stress relief that yoga brings also contributes to the replenishing of cells and the rebalancing of a physically healthy body. Soon, the peace you feel internally will start to reveal a healthy glow. Some, more intense skin ailments can only be helped by clinical and medical professionals like those at Thrive Medical Spa in Chicago or Rush Copley Medical Center in Illinois.

#2 – More Compassion = More Happy

Yoga is all about pushing your mind and body to do things you wouldn’t normally do – all in the comfort of a supportive environment. Among the many physical benefits of daily practice, compassion also steps into your routine creating an outlet of happiness that reflects the positive feelings you are experiencing on the inside.

#3 – Healing

Yoga can aid in the gradual repair and realignment after an injury or physically altering experience like childbirth. “So much of what happens during healing happens in a positive community setting of a yoga class,” says Trina Altman, Integrated Yoga Tune Up® teacher trainer and graduate of YOGAspirit Studio’s 500-Hour Yoga Therapy Program. “When you are surrounded by other people who are working on repairing physical or emotional trauma, there is a ‘we’re all in this together’ mentality that adds to the healing.”

#4 – Giving Your Spine a Boost

Think about your day for a moment. Do you slump in your seat on the way to work? Is there a baby permanently perched on your hip? Posture is an important component of holding poses correctly during a yoga practice that results in the opening of the chest, better breathing and the alleviation of stress and anxiety.

“There is a firing within our body based on the way we stand that triggers hormones and reignites our circulatory systems,” said Cindi Schickert, yoga instructor and owner of Treetop Yoga Studio in Sussex, Wisconsin. “When this alignment is at its best, we strengthen the spine and breathe better sending a greater supply of oxygen to our body. As a result, we feel more confident and take that strength into our day.”

#5 – Relief from Chronic Problems

According to the American Cancer Society, a report to the National Institutes of Health suggests yoga may help relieve some of the symptoms linked to cancer, diabetes, drug addiction, high blood pressure, heart disease, and migraine headaches. Some clinical trials have also shown that yoga can help relieve the pain of arthritis.

#6 – Get the Inside Scoop

Our bodies often give us a “heads up” when we are straining ourselves physically or taking on too much emotionally. Finding out what’s happening internally is as simple as acknowledging your body and giving it the appreciation it deserves.

“We tend to complain about what we are lacking in regards to our bodies,” said Schickert, “but it’s so important to create a positive relationship with your organs (toes, lungs, muscles, etc.) and thank them for working. By respecting the power and strength our bodies have, we begin to take care of ourselves differently.”

The physical benefits of yoga are substantial, but we must also observe that when we carve out time during the day to seek out moments of quiet with our bodies, we make better decisions in all areas of life.

Photo by: Flickr user RelaxingMusic

Elizabeth Rago is a freelance writer specializing in health, wellness, and women’s lifestyle content, working with yoga studios, chiropractors, mental health, and wellness practitioners. She also writes skin care articles for ThriveMedSpa.com. Elizabeth writes the weekly column, The Circular Home for Chicago Shopping (an editorial partner of the Chicago Tribune) and is Senior Editor of All Things Girl, highlighting topics related to the modern domestic woman. She has been published in Mamalode Magazine, MOMentumNation.com and thesavvyfreelancer.com.

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