Watch Videos: The many health benefits of regular yoga practice

Jun 21, 2016, 15:50 IST | midday online correspondent

Practicing yoga regularly is tremendously beneficial for your health and well-being. Yogasanas can relieve stress, anxiety among other disorders. On International Yoga Day, we showcase videos explaining yoga's many health effects

Practicing yoga regularly is tremendously beneficial for your health and well-being. Yogasanas if done properly, can relieve stress, anxiety among other disorders. Pregnant women can also avail of these benefits during pre-natal and post-natal care. On International Yoga Day, we showcase videos that explain yoga's many health effects...

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Great for stress relief: Yoga is the best way to tackle anxiety, stress and psycho neurotic disorders, easily resulting in better health and regulation of stress hormones, health experts said. They said that it has been scientifically proven that yoga is very effective in curing disorders related to diet problems, hypertensions, diabetes, high cholesterol and obesity."

Watch video: How Yoga can aid stress relief (All videos sourced from Only My Health)

According to studies, over 2.5 million people in India die of heart-related diseases every year and currently over seven million citizens in the country are suffering from diabetes. They said that yoga helps in bringing happiness, and being happy in life can curb up to 30 percent chances of suffering from any kind of diseases. Yoga exercises like normal stretching, Pranayams and Savasan can keep one's mental status healthy and keep stress and anxiety at bay.

Chanting is the key: Also known as Mantra Meditation, psychosomatic illnesses precipitated by stress can be alleviated greatly by this practice. Chanting during yoga and meditation enables the development of a health mind and body. Some experts are of the opinion that the spiritual healing can aid general mental well-being.

Watch video: How chanting while practicing yoga can be beneficial to health

Furthermore, The possibility of stomach or digestive problems decreases due to regular chanting.

Yoga lowers depression in pregnant women: A study has found that yoga can help pregnant women with significant depression reduce the severity of the mood disorder. For the study, a team at reputed US university recruited 34 pregnant women with elevated depression symptoms.

Watch video: Yoga's many benefits for women during pregnancy

Women attended a programme of pre-natal yoga classes tailored for pregnant women by registered yoga instructors. In addition to practicing yoga and mindfulness during the classes, women were also encouraged to do so at home. At regular timepoints during the 10-week study, the researchers measured depressive symptoms in the women. One was the degree to which depressive symptoms declined during the 10-week programme.

The data also showed that the more pre-natal yoga pregnant women did, the more they benefited psychologically.

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Planning to start meditating? View the video below for beginner's tips

Did you know?
For those suffering from migraine attacks, daily meditation might be a good idea for instant relief. During a recent study, researchers assessed the safety, feasibility and effects of a standardised meditation and yoga intervention called mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) in adults with migraines.

Nineteen adults were assigned to two groups with 10 receiving the MBSR intervention and nine receiving standard medical care.

The participants attended eight weekly classes to learn MBSR techniques and were instructed to practice 45 minutes on their own at least five additional days per week. Secondary effects included headaches that were shorter in duration and less disabling. Participants had increases in mindfulness and self-efficacy - a sense of personal control over migraine pain.

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