The health benefits of yoga have been known for centuries and those are the main reasons many people have become so familiar with the technique. Lower blood pressure, heart rate, better mood, and self-control are a few of those benefits. Science today is focusing more on how yoga actually affects the human body. Researchers have found that yoga has a psychological affect on the body, which was not known before. Stress-related diseases such as mental stress are common. Many people around the world are treated for this type of disease on a regular. The cause is vulnerability to disease by inflammation and cellular aging. The relaxation yoga gives to the body has proved to change the way the genes associated with stress-related diseases are expressed. Yoga helps decrease inflammation and slow down the cellular aging process. There is even evidence that yoga may be able to take the place of high blood pressure medicine in most who suffer from the disease! I can do without all the useless medications in the world, but that's a topic for another blog.
Research on how mediation affects the body is being looked into as well. The prefrontal cortex region on the brain has been studied in long term mediation users compared to those who have not participated in mediation as much. The results have shown that the way those who meditate cope with stress and their mood is more positive. Even overall life behaviors and habits can be shaped from the good of meditation.
I am not the most advanced at the art of yoga, but I plan to try and increase my positions and keep working towards and overall positive way of thinking in life. I also think I am going to try mediation a little more. Yoga is like the new cross-fit to me! Still have no idea what cross-fit is...