While we know that yoga has a whole host of benefits, it is natural for some people to be more sceptical and want to see scientific evidence to support the claims.

These ten benefits have all be subject to multiple studies, and their benefits are proven.

1. Depression Busting

Yoga has been shown to be beneficial to those who suffer from depression.

When a patient is diagnosed with depression, the chemical balance in the brain can be demonstrated to be out of kilter.

Yoga has been shown to redress this imbalance and help chemicals return to normal.

2. Aids Sleep

Insomnia is one of the most commonly reported issues of the modern world.

Sleep is vital for health so regularly not sleeping makes the body weak and susceptible to illness.

Yoga has been shown to help create a calmer state of mind and an ability to fall asleep faster and stay asleep longer.

3. Stress Relieving

There are several studies that can evidence yoga’s ability to reduce the stress hormone cortisol.

Stress is responsible for a whole host of issues both mental and physical so lowering overall pressure in the body is good for overall health.

4. Lowers Inflammation

Inflammation is a regular part of the immune system’s response to injury and illness, and in some cases is very useful, but sometimes it can turn into a chronic problem.

Regular yoga practice has been shown to lower inflammation markers in the body.

5. Anxiety Beating

Anxiety can be a crippling disease that leaves patients isolated and housebound.

Yoga has been shown to lessen symptoms of those suffering from both anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder.

Patients were able to see improvement after ten weeks which is positive news for anxiety patients.

6. Lessens Pain

There are many chronic conditions that mean the patient can get little to no relief from their pain without taking daily medications – which come with their side effects.

Studies have shown that regular yoga practice tailored to the patient can relieve pain and make the sufferer feel more comfortable.

Trials were conducted in those suffering arthritis and carpal tunnel syndrome.

7. Happy Hearts

The link between yoga and heart health is thought to primarily stem from the fact that the practice encourages relaxation which in turn lowers blood pressure and stress levels.

When the heart is not under strain, it is naturally healthier, and one study was able to show that heart disease progress could be slowed by regular yoga sessions.

8. Headache Helper

Headaches, in particular, migraines, plague the lives of many people and are particularly miserable to live with.

In 2007 a study of migraine patients was able to show that those who practised yoga on a daily basis suffered fewer headaches when setting against a control group that did not.

9. Appetite Taming

Yoga encourages focus, which over the last few years has become widely known as mindfulness.

This conscious awareness of everything we do can translate into a better eating pattern as we focus on what we eat.

Not only that but studies show that yoga as a form of exercise helps those with eating disorders to feel better about the food they eat.

10. Breathing Better

Yoga practice dictates a range of breathing exercises, and various studies have shown that these increase lung capacity and can potentially improve the breathing of patients with asthma and lung conditions.

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