Yoga improves quality of life. It has been linked to positive effects for people dealing with a wide range of health challenges - depression, anxiety, attention deficit disorder, osteoporosis, arthritis, back pain, PMS, asthma, cancer, high blood pressure…the list goes on.
In addition, yoga expands creativity, strength, flexibility, respiratory efficiency, happiness, peace of mind…again the list goes on. People from all walks of life are able to apply yoga to their lives - top performers in all fields attribute their ability to be in "the zone" to the techniques of yoga.
We have done a Rasa Yoga Community Newsletter in the past on the benefits of yoga, and you can click below for an exerpt!
The Benefits of Yoga - from the Rasa Yoga Community News
In addition, much research has been done on the effects of yoga. The list below offers just a couple references.
Stay Flexible, Stay Well - O, The Oprah Magazine
The Power of Yoga - Time Magazine
The following are just a few of the specific benefits of yoga, as discussed in the book Meditation as Medicine by Dharma Singh Khalsa, MD.
The Relaxation Response achieves the following biological reactions, which remain intact for several hours after meditation ends:
As a result of these factors, meditators enjoyed improved health. Among the many improvements were the following:
Guided imagery and progressive relaxation have been shown to bring: improvements in cardiovascular function, use of oxygen, blood glucose levels, reactivity to stressors, and immune function. Mindfulness meditation has been proven to decrease panic attacks, decrease general anxiety, reduce levels of chronic pain, reduce incidence of headaches, improve response rates to drug and alcohol addiction treatment, and reduce obesity.
Mantra meditation has been shown to achieve the following: