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In our hectic world life is often afflicted with bouts of depression, stress, or anxiety which can cause a myriad of other health disorders and weight gain. If you have spent a lot of time trying to find a good relaxation technique or exercising with few physical results it can be incredibly discouraging.
The benefits of yoga provide both instant mental satisfaction and a lasting healthy physical transformation. Yoga can change your physical and mental capacity quickly.

Here are 5 ways yoga is beneficial to your mind and body:

1. Yoga Relieves Stress

Stress induces a hormone in the body called cortisol. Excess of cortisol in the body can suppress thyroid function, increase blood pressure and decrease muscle tissue. We accumulate a lot of stress during the day at work and home and we must get this stress out of our body as soon as possible. 

Yoga helps our body to reduce cortisol, it has been medically proven that Yoga can activate the parasympathetic nervous system which promotes the “rest and digest” response that calms the body down after any stressful situations.

2. Helps Mental Awareness

Our mind constantly plays tricks on us. It is either wondering about the future or caught up in the past. We must first accept the fact that the most important time is now and we must not let our mind tense itself over events that have not happened yet or something that happened a long time ago. 

Yoga helps your mind stay in the present and helps you clear negative thoughts. It helps you believe that the most important time is now and that is the best place for your mind to be.

3. Improves Thought Processes

Processing emotions is a sensitive matter and a tensed mind may not focus well on being in the right place with emotional issues. Yoga can help you keep your mind happy and peaceful. A mind that is happy and content is more capable of good thought processes and decisions when dealing with sensitive issues.

4. Practicing Yoga Increases Energy Flow

At work or at home, people generally find themselves tired in the middle of the day. Whenever you feel this, a 10-15 minute yoga session can fill you up with energy and revitalize you for the rest of the day.

5. Yoga Promotes Better Flexibility

Most people starting Yoga can’t even touch their toes but as you practice regularly you will learn to achieve postures that you could never dream of when you started. Yoga gives your body more flexibility and builds your muscle strength.

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