5 Health Benefits of Yoga

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Yoga, an ancient practice and meditation, has become increasingly popular in today's busy society. For many people, yoga provides a retreat from their chaotic and busy lives.

We all lead very busy lives, but putting 15 minutes aside to practice yoga every day could transform your mood (and your health) in more ways than you could imagine.

Wherever you are and whatever you’re doing, it’s easy to squeeze in just 15 minutes of yoga practice a day. Here are 5 benefits of yoga and why it will be worth it:

Improves Breathing

Most types of yoga incorporate these breathing exercises, and several studies have found that practicing yoga could help improve breathing. Improving breathing can help build endurance, optimize performance and keep your lungs and heart healthy.

Fights Depression

A study found that a consistent yoga practice improved depression and led to a significant increase in serotonin levels and a decrease in the levels of cortisol, a stress hormone that influences levels of serotonin.

Reduces Chronic Pain

Chronic pain is a persistent problem that affects millions of people and has a range of possible causes. There is a growing body of research demonstrating that practicing yoga could help reduce many types of chronic pain.

Decreases Stress

Several studies show that practicing yoga can lead to a decrease in symptoms of anxiety. This generally means that their heart rate is lower and that they are giving the body the ability to respond to stress in a more flexible way.

Better Sleep

Poor sleep quality has been associated with obesity, high blood pressure and depression, among other disorders. Studies show that incorporating yoga into your routine could help promote better sleep.

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