Yoga reduces stress levels
Multiple research studies have reported on the stress-reducing benefits of yoga, including one study that showed that yoga improves “stress, anxiety and health status.” Yoga utilizes deep breathing and promotes relaxation, both of which can reduce stress levels.
Yoga reduces blood pressure levels and improves other health markers
Blood pressure is the pressure blood places on the arteries as it flows through the body. Since yoga helps reduce stress and anxiety—two contributors to high blood pressure—it can lower blood pressure levels. One research review concluded that, “Not only does yoga reduce high [blood pressure] but it has also been demonstrated to effectively reduce blood glucose level, cholesterol level, and body weight.”
Yoga improves heart function
Even the American Heart Association endorses yoga. That’s because the ancient practice can reduce blood pressure, increase lung capacity, improve heart rate and respiratory function, increase muscle tone and boost blood circulation. The Association does note that it’s important to do yoga in addition to the 150 minutes of recommended exercise weekly.
Yoga helps manage chronic conditions
Yoga is well known for helping manage hypertension high blood pressure and heart disease. And it may also help alleviate other chronic conditions, including depression, pain, insomnia and anxiety.
Yoga helps prevent injury in athletes
Runners, cyclists, swimmers and other endurance athletes put a great deal of stress and strain on their bodies, often developing only certain muscle groups. Yoga helps strengthen the entire body, while providing much-needed stretching for those sore and overused muscles. Balance, flexibility, core strength.