Physiological Benefits Of Practicing Yoga

Submitted by Kevin Pederson on December 21, 2012

Everyday, scientists and doctors are finding new Physiological benefits of Yoga practice. Research reveals that Yoga regular practise helps relieve symptoms of a lot of common and potentially life-threatening ailments. These include arthritis, arteriosclerosis, chronic fatigue, diabetes, asthma and obesity.

Respiratory Tract Problems


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Respiratory Tract Problems

In all Respiratory Tract Problems, people practising Yoga stand a better chance of having the ability to control their breathing patterns. Through Yogic breathing exercises (Pranayama) one can control an attack of severe shortness of breath. Best of all, without any medical assistance.

Research, done at Yoga centers around the world, has shown remarkable results in alleviating asthma symptoms. It has also shown that the practise of Yoga can usually curtail and even prevent asthma attacks. That too, without having to resort to drugs or steroids.

Regular Yoga practice also brings about drastic reduction in anxiety levels; more than drug therapy. Medical practitioners are of the opinion that Yoga practice helps patients enable them to get access to their own internal resources and greater self-awareness.


Yoga’s relaxation and exercise elements play a major role in treating and preventing high blood pressure (hypertension). A delicate blend of bio-feedback and Yoga breathing exercises (Pranayama) coupled with relaxation techniques (Shavasana) results in lowering Blood Pressure. It also reduces the need for Hypertension medication in patients.

Stress Management

Yoga is known to control and bring down pain by helping the brain's pain center regulate the gate-controlling mechanism. This is situated in the spinal cord and Yoga practices result in the secretion of natural painkillers in the body. Yogic breathing (Pranayama) also helps reduce pain. As out muscles tend to relax when we exhale, elongating the exhalation time helps bring about relaxation and reduce anxiety. Being aware of one’s breathing helps us become calmer, breathe slower respiration relax faster.

Likewise, Yoga is known to help in alleviating Back Pain, Arthritis, Obesity, Rheumatism, Heart Trouble, Varicose Veins, and a host of other ailments

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