How does Yoga affect your body?
Stress? Officejob? Disease? Luckily there is Yoga. Up until a few years ago, Yoga was still seen as a Hippie Hype. Today this trend has integrated itself and is part of our Fitness Regime. Most Yogis feel the positive effect already after one intensive month of practicing.
Yoga effect on our brain
In a recent study, conducted by the University of Illinois, Researchers looked for the effects of yoga on the brain. The study concluded that already 20 minutes of yoga impact the speed and precision of our brains. It is exactly those brain regions, that are responsible to maintain focus, as well as take in new informations. The participants showed a much higher performance in this areas after one yoga session only. In comparison to participants that practiced the same time Aerobic training, showed their was no significant increase in their performance. Exercise in general is a positive thing for our brains. Yet, yoga seems to have a greater impact, due to its meditative charackter.
Best Yoga Postures for your Brain:
- Bhramari pranayama (Bee Breath)
- Sarvangasana (Shoulder Stand)
- Paschimottanasana (Two-Legged Forward bend)
- Halasana (Plow pose)
- Setu Bandhasana (Bridge pose)
The effect on the nervous system
The autonomic nervous system is distinguished between two different types: the sympathetic and parasympathetic. The sympathetic nervous system is commonly known as “fight or flight” system. Therefore, it causes the blood pressure to rise, the breathing rate to accelerate and the release of stress hormones into the blood. Thus, initially this response was protecting us previously, when we still had to fight against dangerous animals. Nowadays, the sympathetic nervous system is activated by situations, such as being lat for work, which are not really treathful to our lives. The excessive stimulation of this system, causes major damage to our health.
The parasympathetic nervous system works on the opposite and lowers blood pressure as well as our breathing. Once the blood is no longer needed in the muscles, it flows into other systems, responsible for digestion, reproduction, and immune systems. This system is active in regeneration phases. The breath control pranayama is practiced in yoga, which is exactly promotes the relaxation, regeneration and healing. It really is all about balance.
Best Yoga Postures for the Nervous system:
- Reclining Bound Angle Pose
- Bound Angle Pose
- Supported Bridge Pose
- Waterfall Pose
- Supported Child’s Pose
Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving.
– Albert Einstein
The effect of Yoga on Hormons
There are many types of hormones in the body, and all of them work perfectly together. Hormones signal our bodies if and when something is to be done. These include the emotions and mental stability.
Hormone disturbances affect our feelings as well. The good news is that our body is always adaptable. That he can, in most cases, re-balance and regenerate itself. Practicing yoga can help to bring the hormones back into their natural balance. Through yoga exercises, we can stimulate the endocrine functions in our body. This works for example, by applying the so called Asana moves, which sends pressure and pressure relief to specific glands and helps the hormonal flow.