Yoga also improves a person’s general sense of well-being as well as various aspects of their physical and mental health

By Nicole Ganglani | Photo by Cathy Pham/Unsplash

It’s easy to think of yoga as just a physical regimen that involves a variety of complex stretches and a series of breathing exercises. But what a lot of people don’t know about the practice is that it’s the ultimate form of wellness that holds the power to transform negative energies into positive ones. Yoga is an art form dedicated almost entirely towards connecting and establishing a balance among the mind, body, and soul.

It’s both a physical and mental activity that effectively eliminates toxins in your body through the practice of asanas and pranayama (breathing techniques and physical movements) to achieve a deep sense of peace, and improve mental fortitude and physical conditions.. According to a study published at the University of Cincinnati, yoga is an effective complementary treatment for clinical depression and is proven to significantly reduce anxiety and depression. Over 75 percent of yoga practitioners also take part in other kinds of exercises including running, cycling, and group sports.


 A new discovery

The practice has grown massively over the past few years with more yogis stretching around the world. And as yoga continues to evolve so do the studies and research that prove its benefits. The most recent study had investigators at the University of Edinburgh in the United Kingdom conduct a review analyzing the results of 22 randomized clinical trials that studied the benefits of yoga and its effects on older adults.

The trials looked into the effects of various yoga programs that lasted for seven months as well as individual 30 and 90 minute sessions.The researchers found that practicing yoga regularly can improve your overall quality of life, physical balance, quality of sleep, and boost overall vitality which keeps the mind and body young. Performing different yoga practices improves your general sense of well-being and is one of the best alternatives to antihypertensive therapy, especially for those unable to perform aerobic exercises.

Through the practice of yoga, you can discover the essence of balance between your senses, your body, soul, and mind in order to live a healthy and peaceful life. It’s a workout routine that goes beyond complex stretches and a series of breathing exercises, bringing more beauty, positivity, and love into the world.

Convinced? Try out yoga yourself. You can start by browsing through the following:

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