• Rosie Weston

5 ways yoga can improve your health

Feeling down? Have low energy? Need a pick me up? Believe it or not practising yoga everyday can transform the way you feel. The benefits can be felt even after one session. Read below to find out 5 ways yoga can improve your health.

You don't need a hillside pool in France to practise yoga I promise. So long as you have enough floor space for a yoga mat you're all set!

1. Aids digestive motility

How many of us suffer from #bloating, #gas, #IBS symptoms? Yoga has this amazing way of facilitating the movement of food and waste through the digestive system. Peristalsis is a series of muscle contractions that move food too the different parts of the digestive system. Movement is key to this process and simple twisting poses help to get everything moving along.

2. Drains the lymphatic system and supports the immune system

Much like how yoga supports the movement of the digestive system it also supports the movement of the lymphatic system. The lymphatic system is a network of tissues and vessels which help the body get rid of toxins and waste through lymph which is a fluid containing white blood cells which help fight infection. Unlike our blood the lymphatic system isn't pumped around the body via the heart. It relies solely on movement! You can see now how yoga supports the movement of the lymphatic system and supports the immune system by getting those white blood cells to different parts of the body.

3. Supports anxiety and depression

Research shows that yoga causes an inhibition of the sympathetic nervous system which can result in less anxiety, lower blood pressure and enhances the bodies response to stressful stimuli it helps to generates balanced energy. As you being to practice yoga you will start to notice all the places your body holds tension and help to let it go. Letting go of tension in your body will help you to relax and switch into the parasympathetic nervous system.

4. Deeper sleep patterns

Yoga has this wonderful way of helping you achieve deeper sleep. People who have insomnia who performed yoga before bed found that they slept for longer, fell asleep more easily and fell back to sleep quicker when waking in the night. Not only does yoga help to calm the nervous system to aid sleep it also tired out the muscles.

5. Encourages self care

Yoga and meditation help to build self awareness. With self awareness comes self care. Practice yoga daily and set that time aside each day to do something for yourself. We spend so much of our time looking after everyone else but so little time looking after ourselves. Yoga can give you the inner strength to make those well needed changes in your life.

Try following a 30 day yoga guide at home and see what changes start to happen in you.