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Five Yoga Benefits You Never Thought Of

We already know that yoga helps fight stress and boosts flexibility, but have you heard about its many other benefits? Maybe not. But these surprising benefits are as real as yoga itself.

If yoga has always been in your plans, except you haven’t found very good reasons to proceed, the following might just do the trick:

Strengthens Immunity

Based on a recent Norwegian research project, yoga alters gene expression in a way that boosts immunity at the cellular level. And it doesn’t take long before the changes happen. In fact, researchers say, it can happen while you’re still on the mat! Simply by making you generally healthier, yoga is already working on your immune system. As your breathing gets better, so do your movements and blood circulation, thus ensuring that all your cells are getting proper nutrition.

Controls Migraine

Research shows that a mere three months of yoga is all you need to effectively reduce the frequency and intensity of migraines. Migraine causes are still scientifically unclear, but experts have hinted that the condition could be caused by a combination of physical and mental issues affecting the sufferer.

Enhances Sexual Performance

Twelve weeks of yoga, according to a study, is enough to improve sexual performance and satisfaction for men and women alike. How? Physically speaking, yoga pumps up blood circulation throughout the whole body, including the genital area. We know how important this is in arousal and maintain an erection. Additionally, increased blood flow also strengthens the pelvic floor muscles known as themoola bandha. On a mental level, yoga’s breathing and mind control techniques help the person improve sexual performance.

Helps with Sleep Patterns

After eight weeks of daily yoga, sleep patterns of insomniacs can improve based on a Harvard study. In a related study, researchers also found that cancer survivors slept better and felt less fatigued with regular twice-a-week yoga sessions. This is associated with yoga’s stress-busting effects. Sleep problems are not so different from anxiety. Through yoga’s breathing and mental exercises, you can train your mind to slow down, and that will help you sleep better.

Curbs Appetite

A study at the University of Washington proves that regular yoga helps a person develop a more mindful approach towards eating, as well as a deeper awareness of the physical and emotional aspects of this activity. Lastly, one of the best things about breath awareness is its ability to reinforce mind and body connection. Such awareness helps you stay in touch emotions deep within that come with certain cravings, in turn making you slow down and make more rational choices when those cravings strike.

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