Yoga has become increasingly popular in America and millions claim that it has helped them both physically and mentally. So, is there any proof that the claims of health benefits are true?
It’s difficult to find direct proof that practicing yoga is a cure for anything but there are plenty of examples on how it can lead to greater health.
Many health professionals recommend meditation as key part of any healthy lifestyle. Yoga, being a form of meditation has therefore become increasingly popular for it’s physical and mental benefits.
On a physical level, yoga helps improve flexibility, strength, balance and endurance. But yoga isn’t just about building muscle strength, the benefits of yoga go beyond building muscle strength. Yoga has been found to improve quality of life, reduce anxiety, insomnia, depression and back pain.
Yoga has been found to lower the blood pressure and heart rate which can have great benefits in the reduction of heart related problems such as heart disease.
Though most experts will agree that three is no hard evidence that yoga has been found to cure chronic conditions such asthma and arthritis, they believe that yoga is greatly helpful.
Health experts recommend that yoga should be considered a complimentary therapy, not a replacement for standard therapy. High blood pressure for example can be reduced by practicing yoga, but it should not be used as a replacement for high blood pressure medications.
Perhaps the most agreed upon recommendation by experts regarding yoga is how great it is for kids. Yoga is safe and effective and it’s a great way to bond with your child. Yoga allows children to feel their own sense of self. Many believe that yoga would be a useful addition to physical education or health classes if taught properly.
The jury is still out on what all the benefits of yoga are, but the examples are mounting that it should be considered part of any healthy lifestyle.