Yoga and Its Positive Effects on the Human Mind and Body
The Benefits of Yoga
It improves flexibility
It utilizes the Placebo Effect
Everything is connected. Benefits overlap.
It encourages you to take care of yourself
Better Body Image (And Self Esteem)
Being Mindful of Food Intake
- Eating even when full (disinhibition)
- Being aware of how food looks, tastes and smells
- Eating in response to environmental cues, such as the sight or smell of food
- Eating when sad or stressed (emotional eating)
- Eating when distracted by other things
Helps With Allergies and your Immune System
Builds Self Awareness
It also increases your ability to step back from the drama of your own life, to remain steady in the face of bad news or unsettling events. You can still react quickly when you need to—and there’s evidence that yoga speeds reaction time—but you can take that split second to choose a more thoughtful approach, reducing suffering for yourself and others.
When you get more confident and become more rooted in your sense of self and your center, you develop a healthy, balanced ego, where you have nothing to prove and nothing to hide. You become courageous, with high willpower. You’re not afraid of difficult conversations—you know you’re still going to be OK at the end of the day.
Helps You Keep Drug-Free
Helps Weight Loss
Researchers attributed this to mindfulness. Mindful eating can lead to a more positive relationship with food and eating.
Gives You Inner Strength
Scientists at the University of Wisconsin have shown that meditation increases the activity of the left prefrontal cortex—the area of the brain that’s associated with positive moods, equanimity, and emotional resilience. In other words, meditating regularly may help you weather life’s ups and downs with greater ease and feel happier in your daily life.