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The sciences are starting to find some concrete evidence as to why yoga works to improve health, heal aches and pains, and keep sickness at bay. Once you understand them, you’ll will be even more motivated to step onto your mat.
found that eight weeks of daily yoga significantly improved sleep quality for people with insomnia
is one of the first and most obvious benefits of yoga. During your first class, you probably won't be able to touch your toes. But if you stick with it, you will notice a gradual loosening, and eventually, seemingly impossible poses will become possible. You'll also probably notice that aches and pains start to disappear.
Muscles protect us from conditions like arthritis and back pain, and help prevent falls in elderly people. When you build strength through yoga, you balance it with flexibility. If you just went to the gym and lifted weights, you might build strength at the expense of flexibility
More specifically, the relaxation exercises you learn in yoga can help your circulation, especially in your hands and feet. Yoga also gets more oxygen to your cells, which function better as a result
Each time you practice yoga, you take your joints through their full range of motion. This can help prevent degenerative arthritis or mitigate disability by "squeezing and soaking" areas of cartilage that normally aren't used. Joint cartilage is like a sponge; it receives fresh nutrients only when its fluid is squeezed out and a new supply can be soaked up. Without proper sustenance, neglected areas of cartilage can eventually wear out, exposing the underlying bone like worn-out brake pads.