Yoga literally means “Union” and refers to the coming together of mind, body and spirit through this ancient practice. For over 5000 years Yogis have perfected the art, or as some say, the science of Yoga. There is so much more to Yoga than just a few asanas that makes strengthens and flexes your body. From positive body image to mindfulness to fertility and more, Yoga benefits women’s physical and mental health in more ways than you can imagine. Read on here to learn about some of the significant benefits Yoga has for women!
Less cravings leading to healthy eating
A study conducted by researchers from the University of Washington concluded that regular Yoga practice leads to mindful eating. Mindful eating is the awareness of physical and emotional sensations associated with eating. Yoga helps achieve a sense of holistic union of your mind, body and spirit leading to a sense of mindfulness. This in turn leads to sound decision making including better food choices. So yes, if you are wondering how to practice healthy and mindful eating, Yoga is part of the answer!
Our hectic yet sedentary lifestyle leads to slowing down of our metabolism. Yoga improves digestion and circulation, and creates lean muscle masses in your body leading to improved metabolism in your body!
Maintain hormonal balance
Yoga poses stimulates hormone producing glands in the endocrine system and helps maintain a healthy balance through optimal functioning. What this means is that it will ensure consistent and production and distribution of hormones throughout your body. Breathing techniques also stimulates the endocrine system. Hormonal imbalance leads to various issues for women including infertility, mood swings, and obesity amongst others. Regular Yoga practice helps keep hormonal imbalance in check
Yoga, through its breathing techniques and poses, regulates the nervous system which leads to a reduction in the stress hormone cortisol. Cortisol is also known to slow down metabolism; hence reduction in cortisol has a dual effect of controlling stress and improving metabolism.
Yoga poses and focus on deep breathing helps calm your mind, and relieve physical stress accumulated in your body. The combination of breathing and body movements activates parasympathetic nervous system which works to reduce stress all of which helps you ease into a restful night of sleep.