It is well-known that doing yoga feels good, helps weight loss and cures diseases. There are also many not so well-known benefits. It can reduce craving for alcohol and sweets, help you sleep better and improve focus. It keeps you calm and composed enabling clear thinking. It improves your brain power, reduces mental fatigue and helps stave off cognitive decline.
Why is yoga taking the world by storm?
The world over, yoga is becoming extremely popular. The most apparent reasons why people practice yoga is to reduce weight or take care of some illnesses or other problems. Many individuals utilize it as a less strenuous form of exercise or a ‘feel good’ discipline. So the reasons range from weight loss to illnesses to alternate therapy to even some amount of laziness.
Yoga definitely helps in all of these, but the real benefits are hidden and in fact, are not highlighted enough. Apart from the physical and physiological benefits, let us look at some of the others.
Benefits Of Yoga
We shall leave aside the obvious physical benefits in this discussion like general good health, longevity, weight loss and managing chronic diseases. Let us focus on four other categories of benefits which are less spoken about.
- Lifestyle benefits
- Mental health benefits
- Mind power improvement benefits
- Behavioral benefits
Lets us look at each of them in a bit more detail:
1. Lifestyle Benefits
- Improvement in daily routines and discipline
- Healthier eating without any conscious effort
- Cravings for ‘mood food’, sweets, and alcohol reduce
- Improvement in sleep quality
- Increase in productivity, leading to better focus and financial health
- Improvement in interpersonal relationships
2. Mental Health Benefits
- Emotional stability, leading to balance and better thinking and decisions
- Excessive emotions like anger, hatred, passion, depression are neutralized
- Calmness replaces anxiety, and confidence replaces negativity
3. Mind Power Improvement Benefits
- Memory improves dramatically
- Contrary to popular belief, research shows that mind growth doesn’t stop at the age 13 or 14 but instead continues to grow till old age. Yoga hastens this process.
- Improved concentration and reduced mental fatigue as yoga minimizes the energy and blood required for brain functions
- Improved performance, better at learning and performing complicated tasks
4. Behavioral Benefits
- Composed and less rattled by external events, situations and others’ behavior
- Become more congenial and attract a better set of people around you
- People start viewing you as a really nice person without your effort
- Stop reacting to situations and respond with calmness
- Happier with yourself and very comfortable being alone doing the things you want to