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Yoga: Strike a Pose for Proven Health Benefits

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So you want to breathe better, have less pain, feel better about yourself, as well as sleep and eat better? Well then, you may want to try yoga.

According to an article in MindBodyGreen.com, there are seven proven health benefits of Yoga. Some of those mentioned in the article include relief from asthma, arthritis, back pain, insomnia, depression and anxiety. The article cites various studies conducted by health associations and universities.

One that I can attest to myself is that yoga can bring relief to lower back pain.

A study at the West Virginia University School of Medicine actually reports that not only had people found a reprieve from lower back pain, but a significant number of people had lowered their dosage or had stopped taking pain medication.

“Alignment and body awareness during yoga practice has been shown to reduce numerous types of acute and chronic back pain, including scoliosis, sciatica, and herniated discs.”

Sandra Ploszaj, a yoga teacher in Gilbert, Arizona says, “I've had students tell me they came to do yoga because they had back issues and have experienced less back back pain due to yoga.”

She herself has also experienced many health benefits from yoga, including, “increased endurance, less stress, increased strength overall, especially core strength.”

An article on HuffingtonPost.com, also reported that yoga can help with migraines and food cravings. It may even boost your interest in sex. “Researchers from the University of Washington found that regular yoga practice is associated with mindful eating, an awareness of physical and emotional sensations associated with eating.”

As far as sexual desire is concerned, a yoga expert cited in the article says that it has everything to do with the pelvic floor muscles. “Physically, yoga increases blood flow into the genital area, which is important for arousal and erections.”

If you are stressed or anxious, yoga could help you by boosting the neurotransmitter GABA researchers from Boston University’s School of Medicine reported. Yoga’s attention to breath is also beneficial.

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