Why You Should be Hitting the Yoga Mat!

hitting the yoga mat

According to a Self.com poll, 70 percent of us are still avoiding the prone to pose even though we understand the perks of regularly hitting the yoga mat!

Let’s take a look at how Yoga benefits not only your health but your happiness:

A study from Boston University School of Medicine and McLean Hospital states that doing one hour of asanas (a sequence of standing, sitting and balancing poses helps to raise levels of the brain chemical gaba by 27 percent.  Low levels are associated with depression.  So I guess there really is something about Yoga and happiness!

Posing improves posture and strengthens back muscles which helps keep nagging lower-back pain at bay.  Just two 90 minute Yoga classes a week for about 6 months can reduce soreness by 56 percent according to a study in Spine.  Pain meds and physical therapy only lessened the pain by 16 percent according to the study.

Research from Brigham and Women’s hospital found that after doing a 45 minute series of Yoga poses daily before bedtime, insomniacs fell asleep 15 minutes faster and slept an hour longer each night.  Even if you don’t have problems sleeping, doing 3 weekly sessions will still help you sleep more deeply.

By practicing daily asanas, you can ramp up your sexual desire and have a steamier time between the sheets according to a study by the Journal of Sexual Medicine.  Why?  Yoga helps reduce anxiety.  It increases body awareness and can even speed up the release of hormones that aid in arousal.  Just two hours a week will make a difference in your libido, lubrication and the ability to achieve orgasm.

Research from the University of California in Berkeley finds that Yoga could very well be the secret to body love.  Body satisfaction rose 20 percent higher in women who practiced Yoga regularly as opposed to women who took aerobics.  The secret might be the fact that Yoga makes you more aware of how your body feels and what it can do more so than how it looks.

What most people fail to realize is that Yoga provides top-to-toe toning.  Yoga is strength training at its best especially poses like crow, crescent, warrior III and plank.

A study in Psychosomatic Medicine noted that women who go to the mat at least once a week for two years released 41 percent of Cytokine (a tension-triggered type of protein).  This protein can make you feel tired and moody.

So take some time out of your schedule and get to a Yoga class – Namaste!

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