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77 Health Benefits to Yoga

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Yoga is an ancient practice that connects the mind, body, and spirit through body poses, controlled breathing, and meditation. The practice of yoga has many health benefits associated with it, so read below to discover 77 benefits of incorporating yoga in to your or your patient’s fitness program.

Health Benefits Within
**From lowering blood pressure to increasing pain tolerance, the following health benefits can all be discovered within the body.

1. Decreases Blood Pressure.
2. Slows Pulse Rate.

3. Improves Circulation.
4. Lowers Respiratory Rate
5. Improves Cardiovascular Endurance.
6. Massages internal Organs
7. Improves Gastrointestinal Functions
8. Strengthens Immunity.
9. Increases Pain Tolerance
10.Balanced Metabolism.

Health Benefits Without
**Just as many health benefits occur within the body, there are many benefits that can actually be experienced from without the body. From better sleep to more energy and strength, this list provides several benefits found on the outside of the body.

11. Slows Aging.
12. Improves Posture.
13. Improves Strength.
14. Increases Energy.
15. Maintain Healthy Weight.
16. Better Sleep.
17. Improved Balance.
18. Integrated Function of the Body.
19. Better Body Awareness
20. Increased Core Strength.
21. Better Sex

Emotional Health Benefits
**Due to the strong mind-body connection of yoga, there are many emotional benefits to be gained from a consistent yoga practice. Find out how yoga can help improve emotional health with this list.

22. Enhances Healthy Moods.
23. Stress Reduction.
24. Lessen Anxiety.
25. Wards off Depression.
26. Improves Self-Acceptance.
27. Aids in Self-Control.
28. Creates a Mind-body connection.
29. Creates a Positive Outlook on Life.
30. Reduces Hostility.
31. Enhanced Concentration.
32. Increased Memory.
33. Focuses Attention.
34. Better Social Skills.
35. Instills Calmness.

Body Chemistry
**Several aspects of body chemistry such as glucose levels and red blood cells are affected by yoga. Learn how you can improve your body chemistry through yoga.

36. Lowers Cholesterol
37. Strengthens Lymphatic System.
38. Lowers Blood Glucose Levels.
39. Reduces sodium levels
40. Improves Endocrine Functions.
41. Lowers Triglycerides.
42. Increases Levels of Red Blood Cells.
43. Increases Bodies Vitamin C.

Exercise Health Benefits
**As a form of exercise, yoga offers benefits that are sometimes not easily found among other exercise regimens. Check out these reasons to include yoga in your or your patient’s health program.

44. Lowers Risk of Injury.
45. Stimulates the Parasympathetic Nervous System.
46. Increases Muscle Tone.
47. Enhances Subcortex Brain Function.
48. Reduces Oxygen Consumption.
49. Improves Breathing.

50. Is a Balanced Workout of Opposing Muscle Groups.
51. Non-competitive.
52. Increases Joint Range of Motion.
53. Enhances Eye-hand Coordination.
54. Helps Dexterity.
55. Increases Reaction Time.
56. Improves Endurance.
57. Increases Depth Perception.

Disease Prevention
**Doctors and nurses love yoga because studies indicate that it can help prevent the following diseases.

58. Reduces Risk of Heart Disease.

59. Helps Prevent Osteoporosis.
60. Slows Alzheimer’s.
61. Can Help Prevent Type II Diabetes.

Symptom Reduction or Alleviation
**Medical professionals have learned that the following diseases or disorders can all be helped by maintaining a yoga practice.

62. Helps Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.
63. Reduces Asthma Symptoms.
64. Relieves Arthritis Symptoms.
65. Helps Manage Multiple sclerosis.
66. Aids in Cancer Prevention.
67. Lessens Symptoms of Muscular Dystrophy.
68. Relieves Migraines.
69. Improves Scoliosis.
70. Lessens Chronic Bronchitis.
71. Helps Epilepsy.
72. Alleviates Sciatica Pain.
73. Reduces Symptoms of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.
74. Relieves Constipation.
75. Reduces Allergy Symptoms.
76. Reduces Side Effects of Menopause.
77. Lessens Back Pain.

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