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Why students should consider yoga

School’s stressing you out? Want to have an outlet to release it safely? Yoga is good for both your mind and your body. Read more about it in our guide here.

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So you’ve finally settled into the hectic pace of university life. More or less. However, settling in doesn’t mean it’s not stressful. You’re faced with so many new challenges- thrown into a completely new environment, your usual support system is no longer there, you’re studying strange topics and more often than not juggling a part-time job. Exercise will definitely help you manage your stress levels effectively and one of the best exercises to do would be yoga.

 

A type of exercise that stretches back thousands of years ago in India, it is low impact and focuses a lot on finding inner peace through meditation techniques and its popularity comes as no surprise due to the endless benefits and its versatility. Looking for a good sweat? Then try hot yoga. From those looking to tone or increased flexibility, there’s a type to suit your needs.

 

Improved quality of sleep

Certain yoga poses are designed to help you achieve better sleep and given the nature of yoga, it allows you to work on your problem areas to alleviate the pain and that in turns helps you sleep easier.

 

Perfect your posture

Majority of the yoga poses require you to have a straight back to achieve the best effect, you might start off with poor posture, once you’re done with a few sessions, you’ll notice the drastic improvement in your posture.

 

Better mental health

There have been studies that showed strong links to increased mental health of those who do yoga. Breathing exercises help you center yourself and calm down. These breathing exercises can also be done outside of your class whenever you need a moment to relax and unwind. Meditation techniques also help with that. Clearing your mind of all your problems aids in relieving stress and improves overall mental health.

 

Increased physical strength and flexibility

Yoga poses help increase your core strength, it will also prevent degenerative diseases arthritis or mitigate disability by giving your joints a full range of motion when doing yoga. A sedentary lifestyle, coupled with the hours you spend desk-bound cramming for the next assignment, can damage your spine in the long run. Back bends, forward bends and twists will keep your spine supple and prevent it from herniating. Yoga also involves a lot of stretching, which doesn’t not only aid in joint flexibility, it also increases your flexibility.

 

Better bone health

Since a majority of yoga poses will require you to lift your own weight, your bones are strengthen every time you perform those. Some of the poses worth checking out are Downward- and Upward-Facing, these strengthen your arm bones which are quite vulnerable to osteoporotic fractures.

 

Alleviate pain

It’s extremely common today for people in their twenties to experience various forms of pain, either due to a past injury or some other complication. Neck pain, back pain, knee pain and more can be relieved with regular yoga and in some cases completely cured. 

 

Improved blood flow

Yoga helps with blood flow in your body, especially in your hands and feet. when blood flow is increased, your cells receive more oxygen, will in turn result in better function and overall health. Moving around with yoga postures improve lymphatic drainage. Having proper lymphatic drainage is important to prevent infection and cancer.

 

Balance, balance, balance

Yoga is all about balance. Can’t stay perfectly still without wobbling on one foot? Yoga will help you with that. Many poses involve different muscle groups that you don’t usually engage on a daily basis.

 

Boost your immunity system

A Norwegian study conducted found that practicing yoga daily results in changes to your gene expression at the cellular level.

 

Reduce migraines

It has been proven that those who suffer from migraines tend to experience fewer and less painful migraines after three months of yoga. While the cause of migraines isn’t fully understood, experts say that it could be due to a combination of mental stressors and the physical misalignment that results from hunching over a computer or a handphone that tightens the neck muscles. This will in turn pull the head forward and cause muscle imbalances.

 

Happy yogi-ing!
 

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