The Power of Yoga
- Jul 03, 2015
- Dr. Asa Andrew
Core strength is a topic that is focused on often in traditional exercise. A strong core eventually leads to a powerful body. Walking, jogging, strength training, and playing sports are all great ways to stay active. The new trend of yoga is growing fast and we are seeing the results in people’s health scientifically. Here are some great ways that incorporating yoga can improve your well being.
I used to think that yoga was in the same category as gardening. How could that really be exercise? I am a high intensity kind of guy. When I exercise, I go full speed. So the thought of yoga seemed to be more of a stretching kum bah yah session. I was very wrong in my early thought on this amazing field of exercise. Yoga has benefits that are amazing for all of us.
Here are some of the benefits of yoga:
1.Boosts Our Immune System
Yoga increases our circulation. Doing yoga just one day a week has shown to increase our immune system at the cellular level.
Just 2 sessions of yoga weekly has been shown to reduce anxiety, fatigue, and increase REM sleep.
Yoga increases better circulation and flow to the genital area, which improves sexual performance and pleasure. It also increases blood flow throughout the body which improves overall cardiovascular function.
A study was recently done to show the impact of yoga on reducing food cravings. Researchers found that the deep breathing associated with yoga improved brain function and reduced overall food cravings.
The full mechanism for this is unknown, however, researchers believe that the poses involved with yoga help reduce tension in the cervical area therefore reducing the overall tension.
Make a new goal to consider yoga as part of your exercise routine. It’s always good to balance the types of exercise we do for a balanced way of creating peak performance for our bodies.
Known as America’s Health Coach, Dr. Asa Andrew is a national best-selling author of Empowering Your Health and host of the #1 Health Talk Radio Show in North America. In addition to his hit television series, he is a regular contributor to NBC, ABC, CBS, CNN, and FOX and regarded as a healthcare leader in the field of lifestyle medicine.
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