Men and women who practiced regularly and consistently are known to be mentally and physically alert. If you’re in doubt, check these yogis who are in their 90’s and still kicking.
There are studies that found regular yoga practice reduces oxidative stress while at the same time increasing the body’s antioxidant levels.
Antioxidants are vital for fighting free radicals in the body. The antioxidants produced with yoga is a lot better than taking synthetic antioxidants.
Yoga, since it is a form of exercise, it is one of the hermetic stressors that make the body adapt and become stronger. Combine yoga with regular meditation practice in which there are studies that proved the health benefits affecting positively at cellular level.
New Study Reveals Yoga Benefits On The Brain
It is also an undeniable fact that individuals who practiced yoga regularly have strong, yet flexible bodies.
Another study recently published found that yoga does not only have positive benefits on the body but on the brain, as well. In short, yoga helps maintain a sharp cognitive function.
Researchers from UCLA found that yoga helps reduce pre-Alzheimer’s cognitive impairment.
In a different study conducted back in 2015, researchers found that Kirtan Kriya, a type of meditation practice from the Kundalini yoga has been found to have many health benefits including;
- Improve sleep
- Decrease depression
- Reduce anxiety
- Down regulate inflammatory genes
- Upregulate immune system genes
- Improve insulin and glucose regulatory genes
- Increase telomerase by 43%
What Are Telomeres?
Telomeres play an important role in slowing down the aging process. They’re an essential part of the cells in the human body. The longer the telomeres, the slower the aging occurs.
When it comes to boosting memory another study found that yoga practice may be as effective as memory enhancement training in terms of improving functional connectivity in connection to verbal memory performance.
Yoga has been practiced for thousands of years in the East. It is just lately that modern science starting to appreciate its potential benefits on human health and performance.
In fact, regular yoga practice has been found to improve not just overall health, but sexual health in particular. For instance, men with premature ejaculation can vastly benefit from practicing yoga on a regular basis. Of course, women, as well.
With all these mentioned benefits of practicing yoga, we should not undermine it even though it appears a very light exercise. There are now many yoga sequence or routine that are considered equivalent to cardio exercises.
In addition to that, yoga can improve one’s mobility and flexibility resulting to a more alert and active body even during senior years.
Lastly, if you want to boost energy, combine yoga and meditation. When both are practiced scrupulously, it can help in opening the chakras. The chakras are the body’s energy centers. When there is a nice flow of energy between the chakras, we experience a boost in energy level and good health.