Yoga has become an adjunct therapy to improve the quality of life for many individuals who have practiced it. Research reports that Yoga will decrease your blood pressure, increase energy, improve your sleep while decreasing anxiety and depression symptoms. People of all ages are benefiting from Yoga to improve health and overall well-being.
The Journal of Psychiatric Practice (2019) published results of how Yoga can improve symptoms of depression and anxiety. The research monitored two groups. One was considered high active of 123 hours and low active of 87 hours. Both groups reported improvement in symptoms of anxiety and depression. There was also significant improvement in sleep quality, tranquility, positive thinking and physical exhaustion. These benefits were observed within one month and accumulating over time. Researchers are hopeful that the study results will initiate more individuals to try Yoga as a strategy to improve their health and well-being.
As the human body ages the muscle mass starts to naturally decline by about 1% per year once you reach 40 years old. Yoga can help to build and maintain muscle strength and flexibility. It can also reduce painful compression of the spine and joints from years of sitting at a desk and driving cars.
When you decrease your stress level with exercise you will decrease the secretion of cortisol to the body. The daily practice of Yoga will give you better overall fitness within ten weeks. As you reflect over 2019 and determine goals for 2020 you may want to consider adding Yoga to your daily routine for a healthier lifestyle.