Benefits of Yoga

As a Teacher, I am often asked, what the benefits of Yoga are. Here, I have compiled a list of some of the benifits of practising Yoga. Namaste )O(

Physiological Benefits of Yoga

1. Stable autonomic nervous system equilibrium
2. Pulse rate decreases
3. Respiratory rate decreases
4. Blood Pressure decreases (of special significance for hypo reactors)
5. Galvanic Skin Response (GSR) increases
6. EEG – alpha waves increase (theta, delta, and beta waves also increase during various stages of meditation)
7. EMG activity decreases
8. Cardiovascular efficiency increases
9. Respiratory efficiency increases
10. Gastrointestinal function normalizes
11. Endocrine function normalizes
12. Excretory functions improve
13. Musculo-skeletal flexibility and joint range of motion increase
14. Breath-holding time increases
15. Joint range of motion increase
16. Grip strength increases
17. Eye-hand coordination improves
18. Dexterity skills improve
19. Reaction time improves
20. Posture improves
21. Strength and resiliency increase
22. Endurance increases
23. Energy level increases
24. Weight normalises
25. Sleep improves
26. Immunity increases
27. Pain decreases
28. Steadiness improves
29. Depth perception improves
30. Balance improves
31. Integrated functioning of body parts improves

Psychological Benefits of Yoga

1. Somatic and kinaesthetic awareness increase
2. Mood improves and subjective well-being increases
3. Self-acceptance and self-actualization increase
4. Social adjustment increases
5. Anxiety and depression decrease
6. Hostility decreases
7. Concentration improves
8. Memory improves
9. Attention improves
10. Learning efficiency improves
11. Mood improves
12. Self-actualization increase
13. Social skills increases
14. Well-being increases
15. Somatic and kinaesthetic awareness increase
16. Self-acceptance increase
17. Attention improves
18. Concentration improves
19. Memory improves
20. Learning efficiency improves
21. Symbol coding improves
22. Depth perception improves
23. Flicker fusion frequency improves

Biochemical Benefits of Yoga

1. Glucose decreases
2. Sodium decreases
3. Total cholesterol decreases
4. Triglyceride decrease
5. HDL cholesterol increases
6. LDL cholesterol decreases
7. VLDL cholesterol decreases
8. Cholinesterase increases
9. Catecholamines decrease
10. ATPase increases
11. Hematocrit increases
12. Haemoglobin increases
13. Lymphocyte count increases
14. Total white blood cell count decreases
15. Thyroxine increases
16. Vitamin C increases
17. Total serum protein increases

Yoga Health Benefits versus Exercise Benefits

Yoga Benefits

1. Parasympathetic Nervous System dominates
2. Sub cortical regions of brain dominate
3. Slow dynamic and static movements
4. Normalization of muscle tone
5. Low risk of injuring muscles and ligaments
6. Low caloric consumption
7. Effort is minimized, relaxed
8. Energizing (breathing is natural or controlled)
9. Balanced activity of opposing muscle groups
10. Non-competitive, process-oriented
11. Awareness is internal (focus is on breath and the infinite)
12. Limitless possibilities for growth in self-awareness

Exercise Benefits

1. Sympathetic Nervous System dominates
2. Cortical regions of brain dominate
3. Rapid forceful movements
4. Increased muscle tension
5. Higher risk of injury
6. Moderate to high caloric consumption
7. Effort is maximized
8. Fatiguing (breathing is taxed)
9. Imbalance activity of opposing groups
10. Competitive, goal-oriented
11. Awareness is external (focus is on reaching the toes, reaching the finish line, etc.)
12. Boredom factor

Remember, that ALL exercise is good for you, when followed safely and with the guidance of a qualified instructor!

8 Responses to Benefits of Yoga

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  2. Jospeh says:

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