Meet Me at Yoga | 40 Ways Yoga Heals
Here are forty ways that yoga facilitates better health, both as prevention and as a treatment, that are supported by evidence.
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40 WAYS YOGA HEALS

 

Here are forty ways that yoga facilitates better health, both as prevention and as a treatment, that are supported by evidence.

1.   Increases Flexibility

2.  Strengthens Muscles

3.   Improves Balance

4.   Improves Immune Function

5.  Improves Posture

6.   Improves Lung Function

7.   Leads to Slower and Deeper Breathing

8.   Discourages Mouth Breathing

9.   Increases Oxygenation of Tissues

10. Improves Joint Health

11.  Nourishes Intervertebral Disks

12.  Increases Circulation of Lymph

13.  Improves return of Venous Blood

14.  Improves Function of the Feet

15.  Improves Proprioception

16.  Increases Control of Bodily Functions

17.  Strengthens Bones

18.  Conditions of the Cardiovascular System

19.  Promotes Weight Loss

20.  Relaxes the Nervous System

21.  Increases Flexibility

22.  Strengthens Muscles

23.  Activates the Left Prefrontal Cortex

24.  Changes Neurotransmitter Levels

25.  Lowers Levels of the Stress Hormone Cortisol

26.  Lowers Blood Sugar

27.  Lowers Blood Pressure

28.  Improves Levels of Cholesterol and Triglycerides

29.  Thins the Blood

30.  Improves Bowel Function

31.  Releases Unconscious Muscular Gripping

32.  Uses Imagery to Effect Change in the Body

33.  Relieves Pain

34.  Lowers Need for Medication

35.  Foster Healing Relationships

36.  Improves Psychological Health

37.  Leads to Healthier Habits

38.  Foster Spiritual Habits

39.  Elicits the Placebo Effect

40.  Encourages Involvement in Your Own Healing