Every morning, while my kids are waiting for their PBS cartoons to start, we always catch the tail end of a yoga show. The instructor has a calm voice, soft music plays, and there’s usually a relaxing setting on display like a beach with gently rolling waves. Years ago, when I was thinking “I need to try yoga. I’ve always heard it’s good for you”, but then I never do… Eventually I started doing it and now it’s been many years ever since I started. Yoga can be beneficial to anyone, but – I found out – it is especially good for women so lets find out yoga benefits for women.

Yoga was originally developed in ancient India and has been gaining popularity in the United States since the 1960s. Yoga is a Sanskrit word and the meaning is “union.” It combines physical postures, deep breathing techniques, meditation, and relaxation. Alright lets discuss a a few profound yoga benefits for women:

 

Yoga Benefits For Women

1. Increase Strength And Flexibility – Learning the proper way to do yoga poses strengthens your bones and muscles and increases your flexibility and coordination, which all may help, protect you from injury. It’s been shown that women who practice yoga regularly have a lower body max index and are better able to maintain their weight than those that don’t.

2. Increase Self-Confidence – Yoga poses often require small, subtle movements to get your body into alignment. Being aware of your body may help improve posture and self-confidence.

Yoga Benefits For Women

3. Protect Skin And Increase Glow – A study conducted by Cornell University, showed that if you’re under stress, your skin takes longer to repair itself. This means those acne break outs and other blemishes will take longer to go away. Since yoga teaches stress relief and relaxation, it may help keep your skin glowing and looking its best.

4. Relax Your Mind – Yoga makes you concentrate very intently on the movements your body makes. This, in turn, helps calm your mind. Meditation techniques learned through yoga such as breath control and disengaging your mind may help you stay calm in generally intense situations such as childbirth, an anxiety attack, or insomnia.

5. Stress Reduction – Practicing breathing techniques and meditation through yoga may help you reduce stress by calming your mind. It also may lower your blood pressure, thus reducing the production of the stress hormone. Decreasing stress can have an amazingly positive impact on your quality of life.

6. Flexibility – It won’t happen overnight, but if you stick with practicing yoga, you’ll gain flexibility and greater range of motion to notoriously tight muscle areas such as your hamstrings, back, shoulders, and hips. The natural aging process decreases mobility and flexibility. Yoga may help alleviate this.

As we mentioned above meditation is a part of yoga and here are a few remarkable benefits of meditation:


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A Few More Yoga Benefits For Women

7. Better Breathing – Most people take shallow breaths and don’t bother to focus or pay attention to how they breath. Yoga techniques called Pranayama (aka breathing exercise) help focus your attention on your breathing and teaches you to take deep breaths that may benefit the whole body. Deep breathing has been shown to increase blood flow, release toxins from the body, and help you sleep better.

8. Pain Management – Yoga may be beneficial if you suffer from back pain, arthritis, carpel tunnel syndrome, or any other chronic pain condition. Dr. Natalie Nevins is an expert osteopathic physician and she gave lectures at many health care conferences. Her recent presentation:

Yoga: Healthy Practices,” “A Practical Approach to the Chronic Pain Patient” and “Happy Feet: An Osteopathic Approach to Foot Problems.”

which clearly states how yoga can be beneficial in chronic pain condition.

Dr. Natalie A. Nevins, Downey, CA is AOA Board-Certified in Family Medicine, Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine. She is also Medical Director at Amrit Davaa Wellness Center Hollywood, California.

She has expertise in Yoga (a certified yoga instructor), fitness, nutrition and in women’s health, osteopathic medicine, osteopathic manipulative treatment.

 

9. Deep Breathing – Deep breathing is sometimes called the ‘natural pain relief.’ Various yoga poses target muscles that may need to be stretched to reduce the source of the pain. Increased muscle flexibility may also prevent future injury.

10. Better Sleep – According to a study in the Medical Science Monitor, patients that practiced yoga and meditation during the day slept better at night. Dr. Natalie Nevins calls yoga “a great way to get in tune with your body and your inner self”.

Personally, I have also helped many women to get benefits of yoga into their lifestyle. Hope, the experience which I shared with you, it will inspire you And you will take the first step to make yoga as a part of your lifestyle and live better. Why not give it a try and see what it can do for you.