Why you should practise yoga

A healthy mind and a healthy body go hand in hand with each other, as few of us are able to pay attention to our physical health if we are not in a good place mentally. Yoga is an activity that can be very good for both the mind and the body, offering many benefits that lead to a happier life for those who practise it.

One of the areas of our lives that can be significantly improved by practising yoga is sex. Yoga leads to a more fulfilling sex life because many yoga positions strengthen areas of the body that are key to satisfaction. For example Marjaiasana/Bitilasana – known to laypersons as the Cat/Cow Pose – enhances the muscles in the pelvic floor that are crucial for a woman’s orgasm. Equally the Garudasana (Eagle Pose) helps to improve the flexibility of the body, which can lead to a more active time in the bedroom, and also gets oxygen-rich blood into our reproductive systems. 

This is not the only way in which practising yoga will directly improve your life though, because even at a beginner’s level yoga will assist you to lose weight or stay in shape. Practising some light yoga every day will burn off fat and also get the body’s metabolic system moving, both of which help with losing weight and keeping it off. Simple yoga positions that anyone can do in their own homes reduce the levels of cortisol in the body as well, with cortisol being the hormone that our bodies release when we feel stressed out. Less cortisol means that you are less likely to need to indulge in comfort eating to cope with difficult situations. The link between yoga and weight loss is an established health benefit that comes from practising this activity regularly.

It is not just a matter of benefits to your physical health though, as regular yoga will really make you feel a lot better psychologically. Research studies have found a clear link between daily yoga practise and a reduction in anxiety. This is why more and more workplaces are letting people do yoga exercises during their lunchtimes. It is likely that it works by helping people to control their heart-rate variability through the meditation and breathing exercises that are part of it. It has also been found to help with depression, particularly if you choose to practise it as part of a group, because it boosts the amount of oxytocine and serotonin the body produces. The latter is the hormone that regulates happiness levels, while the former regulates feelings of bonding and love. 

You do not have to be an expert on yoga to be able to practise it and reap the mental and physical health benefits that it can bring. Simple yoga exercises can be learnt and practised at home, while group yoga classes are available everywhere. It is surely worth exploring anything that can improve your life in such a range of ways.