Yoga it’s a practice of meditation, breathing techniques and exercises started in ancient India more than 5,000 years ago! It has been touted as a way to boost physical and mental health ever since. But does yoga really help? YES!
Here some of the beneficial aspects of practicing yoga for your health:
With all of the bends, twists and poses, yoga is certainly a form of exercise that stretches you out. It can improve flexibility, increase range of motion and just make you feel longer and leaner. However, if you’re someone who gets discouraged because you can barely touch your toes without bending your knees just don’t worry. You’ll feel more flexible before you know with few and simple exercises. But Yoga is about much, much more than flexibility.
Yoga poses teaches how to control breathing when under pressure or physical efforts. Better breathing allows a larger delivery of oxygen to the muscles that consequently means a better performance during sport’s activities and daily life efforts.
Yoga’s Joint Benefits
Joint inflammation is painful and signals an excess of the synovial fluid that lubricates cartilage and ligaments for smoother mobility. Normally your body produces the amount of synovial fluid required to fill the space between the cartilage surfaces and to deliver essential nutrients and oxygen to cartilage. The movement of joints keeps this fluid circulating, so yoga contributes to healthy cartilage and adequate lubrication.
By improving muscle tone and flexibility, yoga ensures that joints move smoothly in daily activities and under stress during sports. A study reported in the “Journal of Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy” found that reinforcing muscles and improving muscle function with either weight-bearing or non weight-bearing exercise alleviated pain in knee joint injuries. Moreover, weight-bearing exercise and stretching help both healthy and arthritic joints. Yoga that work against body weight and flex and lengthen muscles, tendons and ligaments provide a balance of stretching and strengthening. Yoga routine may prevent conditions like osteoarthritis, in which the cartilage protecting the joint deteriorates. Repetitive exercise compresses joints, squeezing more blood and nutrients into the cartilage to keep it healthy.
Running results in muscle tightening which, in turn, can lead to injury. On top of this, as many of us spend much of our lives sitting at our desks our hamstrings naturally shorten increasing our risk of injury. Yoga is the perfect way to increase flexibility as a runner. Often spending little time stretching before or after our runs, attending regular yoga classes is a great way to fit that all essential stretching routine into your training plan, helping you to develop flexibility. As well as loosening out tight muscles and reducing the risk of injury, yoga is great for improving strength and even helping develop a runner’s breathing control.
Yoga is a great way to relieve the muscle imbalances instigated by running. Yoga allows runners to discover different degrees of flexibility in the different sides of the body and ultimately balances these out. Likewise, by developing strength in all muscle groups not just the legs, this balance of strength and flexibility will not only reduce the risk of a number of injuries but will lead to an improved efficiency of movement.
Risk of injury
Yoga is also a great way to reduce the risk of injuries. Indeed, yoga classes allow runners to discover different degrees of flexibility in different sides of the body and ultimately balance these out.