Summary: Yoga is a science of the body, mind, and soul integration. Read the article and know the scientific reasons behind why one must learn and practice this discipline.
“The science and technology of how this life functions and what we can do with it is what we refer to as Yoga.”- Jaggi Vasudev
Yoga is an ancient system of healthcare and is often mistaken with a religion. India being the land of origin doesn’t make it Hindu. In actuality, Yoga is a science, a science of the body, mind and soul unification, a science of well-being, and science of living a quality life. Yoga is designed to heal the body and make us feel good from within. When we indulge in the practice, we slowly realize that there is more to yoga than stretching, bending, and twisting.
Many studies and research prove that yoga is great for the body, especially for curing mental conditions like disorders (ex- depression and anxiety) related to low GABA levels.
Yoga and mental health
Researchers prove that the healing power of yoga and the practice is completely scientific.
Boston University School of Medicine and McLean Hospital together work on the benefits of yoga practice and found that yoga practice elevates brain GABA level- gamma-aminobutyric. GABA is the primary inhibitory neurotransmitter of the brain and is associated with anxiety and depression.
According to WHO- World Health Organisation report, mental illness contributes up to 15% of diseases in the world. And depression and anxiety are the issues that contribute a lot towards the percentage.
With all the reports and studies, researchers say the practice of yoga improvises the symptoms of anxiety, depression, and epilepsy, and increases the GABA level.
Yoga increases not only GABA level but also the happy hormones- dopamine and serotonin that elevate mood and put us in a relaxing state.
Yoga and emotional balancing
Yoga clearly shows how it benefits the body. But for a complete well-being, internal health is also required. A healthy mind and stable emotions are the major aspects of overall well being that help us live a long and qualitative life.
The practice of life science stimulates the parasympathetic nerves that are responsible for calling us. The activation of these nerves kick-starts the process of healing and restoration of the body and improves overall health.
Scientifically proven health benefits of yoga
Yoga is widely known for its stress-busting and anxiety relieving powers. Yoga practice reduces stress, relaxes the mind, and decreases the secretion of stress hormone ‘Cortisol’. A study conducted on emotionally distressed women who practiced yoga for three months showed lowered levels of stress, depression, anxiety, and fatigue.
Another study proves that 3 months of yoga practice contributes a lot towards improving mental health and quality of life.
Yoga is great for the mental health and also works well in reducing inflammation. Inflammation can lead to pro-inflammatory diseases like cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, and cancer. Some studies suggest yoga reduces the inflammation and risk of diseases related to it.
Yoga practice proves to be really effective when it comes to reducing weight. Though it takes time but gives astonishing results. It helps in shedding pounds and maintaining ideal and healthy weight. Yoga styles like Bikram, Power, Hot and Ashtanga yoga proves to be really beneficial. The advantages of power yoga are endless when it comes to reducing weight, even from the belly.
Chronic pain can be really irritating and restrict us from doing daily chores- the pain can be of any type, normal back pain due to sitting for hours, injury pain or arthritis. Practicing yoga for 2 months shows effective results in reducing pain, building strength and enhancing body functioning.
The health benefits of yoga are endless. The practice also improves the quality of sleep, enhances body balance, improves posture, increases flexibility, is great for respiratory health and heart conditions, and so much more.
Once you adopt yoga as a daily practice, it becomes your life and you experience changes naturally.