Yoga Changes Your Body, Even on the First Day

Millions of Americans are practicing yoga because of the health benefits. But like cooking a delicious stew, some of you may think it just takes too long to see the benefits. Fortunately, research has revealed that yoga changes your body even after doing it just one time. Sorry stew.

Improved Brain Function

A study that took place in Illinois revealed that after only twenty minutes of yoga your brain function improves. This means that during your first yoga session you will be improving your focus and memory. You cannot achieve this type of result from other moderate to vigorous aerobic exercises after the first session according to the study.

Lowers Stress Levels

When doing yoga your mind goes to a calm space. Since yoga focuses on breathing and connecting the mind, body, and spirit, you are able to take your mind off everything that has been stressing you out and reach ultimate relaxation. Yoga activates the parasympathetic system, which is know as the “relaxation response”. Once the session is done your stress levels will be lower, which allows you to think more clearly about complex tasks.

Increased Flexibility

Your shoulder, back, and hamstrings will become more flexible during your first session. If you decide to do Bikram yoga – yoga performed in a heated room- you will be able to experience the maximum results.

Alter Gene Expression

When you are doing yoga, the last thing you probably are thinking about is gene expression. However, research has shown that yoga has an almost instant positive impact on genetics. It can strengthen your immune system and many doctors recommend yoga to their patients.

Long Term Benefits of Yoga

As you continue to do yoga, you can experience even more benefits such as the ones listed below:

  • Lowers your blood pressure
  • Improves your lung capacity
  • Improves your sexual function
  • A reduction in chronic neck pain
  • Less anxiety
  • Relief for chronic back pain
  • Improved balance
  • Healthy weight
  • Stronger bones

Closing Thoughts

If you want an easy way to start reaching your health goals and see improvements on the very first day yoga is the answer. You don’t have to spend hundreds of dollars each year taking classes either. You can order your yoga mat, clothes, and DVDs and practice yoga at home to relax.

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