The world was surprised and delighted to see the 36,000 people in India come out for the International Day of Yoga for the world's largest yoga session, which was last Sunday. People all over the world, from Paris to New York, gathered to practice this ancient physical and spiritual discipline and celebrate its health benefits.
Let's explore the truth about yoga.
The Truth About Yoga
Perhaps the most important benefit to Yoga is the emotional health stability it gives practitioners. All forms of exercise has been shown to help those with depression or depressive symptoms but yoga in particular has been touted as one of the most helpful solutions. In fact, a recent study from Duke University that those suffering from diagnosed depression, schizophrenia, other psychiatric conditions and even sleep problems could benefit from yoga.
Many experts believe that Yoga benefits are:
Increased muscle strength and tone
Improved respiration, energy and vitality
The maintenance of a balanced metabolism
Cardio and circulatory health
Improved athletic performance
Protection from injury
Those who practice this on a regular basis believe strongly that the relaxation techniques incorporated in yoga lessen chronic pain, such as lower back pain, arthritis, headaches and even carpal tunnel syndrome.
One of the most surprising benefits that have been shown is its effects on improving fertility. In recent times, couples have turned to yoga in order to decrease stress. There are few studies on this, reducing stress could play a role in improving the chances of conceiving naturally.
Another correlation made regarding yoga's and fertility is that the movements may allow for better blood flow to reproductive organs, improving their function and hormone production and function.