According to a Yoga Journal report, about 83 percent of Yoga practitioners in US are women. The report self explains women?s inclination towards the benefits of this traditional practice. So, what makes Yoga so special for women? Yoga has infinite benefits for women health. It not only revitalizes the body, tones muscles, calms mind and purifies the soul but puts women to a whole new level of vigour. Yoga enthrals the body in a gentle way rewarding it with complete workout. Yoga can help ladies find self-acceptance accompanied with emotional and physical balance. Apart from health benefits it also imparts women with their most wished desire ? an attractive figure that looks healthy and toned!
Being a woman, when you practice yoga you gain both physical and spiritual well being. The arrays of benefits of incorporating yoga regularly into your daily life are as follows:
Lower Blood Pressure and Steady Blood Sugar Level:
Women with mild to moderate hypertension might gain control over it with regular yoga practice. Scientific studies also validate Yoga?s effectiveness for hypertension; as, in a study from University of Pennsylvania researchers found that Yoga could help to lower the blood pressure levels. Researchers found that those who practiced yoga had measurable fall in blood pressure weighed against with those who involved themselves in a nutrition/ walking/ weight counselling programs. It is also beneficial for women suffering from soaring sugar levels. According to a 2011 Diabetes Care study, adding yoga to a distinctive diabetes care regimen could balance the blood sugar levels. Reuters reported only just three months of diabetes care added with yoga in resulted in a reduction in body mass index and no further rise in blood sugar levels.
Prenatal Yoga ? Keeping Mother and Child Healthy:
Yoga can be extremely helpful during pregnancy as it?s an exceptional means for the expecting mothers to practice regular and gentle exercise as suggested to them. It improves their fitness and helps the mother?s body cope with pregnancy-induced body changes. Various asanas induce proper blood and oxygen flow inside the expectant?s body and prepare it for undergoing labour. It can also be useful in coping with stress and anxiety during pregnancy. But make sure that when you decide to practice yoga during pregnancy, attend a prenatal class taught by an instructor experienced in working with pregnant women. As some of the regular yoga poses may be inappropriate for pregnant women.
Improved Sexual Function:
A 2009 Harvard study available in the ?The Journal of Sexual Medicine? claimed that yoga could boost desire, arousal and general sexual contentment for women. According to a review of CNN on the studies published in Journal of Sex and Marital Therapy, Yoga can also develop women's feminine lives by making them more familiar with their own bodies.
Bear Through the Pain of Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS)
Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) is something that every lady needs to work out with every month. PMS degrees could differ for every female: pain in the pelvic or abdomen region, dizziness, back ache, migraine, pain or swelling in the thighs or knee, nausea or reduced energy. Yoga can be the miracle medicine for all these problems. Regular practice of various asanas of Yoga helps to put a stop to PMS problems in three ways. Firstly, it liberates body?s natural mood-elevating compounds ? ?Endorphins? which puts the ladies in a feel-good mood. Secondly, it boosts the flow of healthy oxygenated blood to the reproductive organs and soothes the central nervous system. Thirdly, it promotes deep relaxation and eases stress, which further diminishes the symptoms of PMS.
Reduction of Stress:
Controlling the stress levels is of prime value if one wants to retain good health. Today?s busy lives are full of stress that makes us ill both mentally and physically. The postures (asanas) of Yoga place a great emphasis on meditation and breathing, therefore they help to calm the mind, mediate the body?s typical response to stress and make it easier to deal with various stress levels. Stress reduction is a major health benefit of practicing yoga which has huge impact on the quality of life. Practicing yoga can also be helpful in diseases caused due to stress like insomnia, heart disease and irritable bowel syndrome.
Low bone density is quite a common problem among women. Dr. Loren Fishman?s pilot study in 2009 justified that practicing yoga could develop bone density among adults including women. They carried out a bone mineral density (DEXA) scan and divided the sample size into two parts. One group learnt and practiced Yoga regularly and the other one didn?t practice any Yoga postures. After two years they did another scan. The group practising Yoga did not lose bone; instead, they gained bone density. The ones who didn't do the yoga lost a little bone, as expected in case of an adult. Thus, Yoga helps to build strong bones which are very important for women as bones become weaker with age causing osteoporosis (brittle bone disease).
Healthier and Glowing Skin:
Practicing Yoga postures (asanas) also help increase blood circulation to the head and face area. These postures like examples Fish Pose, Cobra Pose, Plow Pose, Triangle Pose, Shoulder Stand, and Child Pose unfolds a bouquet benefits for a beautiful, young and glowing skin. These postures also raise the flow of oxygen to the system and increase blood supply to the head, which results into a clean and glowing skin. Yoga is also a solution to various other skin problems like acne, dull skin, wrinkles etc.
There are numerous other benefits of Yoga to women. Some of them are:
- Increased flexibility
- Enhanced concentration levels and mental performance
- Improved energy levels
- Increased levels of strength and endurance
- Weight management
- Improved balance
- Improved detoxification
- Reduction in back pain, arthritis and carpal tunnel syndrome
Thus, step towards a healthier and better lifestyle with Yoga and amuse people with your beauty, fitness and intuitiveness! Regular yoga practice will keep stress and various other health worries at bay and keep you glowing longer.
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