Going to yoga class is a great way to stay healthy and to de-stress. However, what many people don’t realize is that yoga offers a slew of benefits (some surprising) that go way beyond toning and stretching your muscles. If you’re considering going to yoga in the near future, here are some interesting ways that you’ll benefit.
Improved Sex Life
Yoga has been shown to greatly improve peoples’ sex lives. Not only does it make you more flexible, stronger and more energetic — it can also give you stronger, more powerful orgasms. Yoga incorporates many Kegel exercises — and strong Kegels mean strong orgasms. The yoga poses that you learn in your yoga class may also give you some good ideas of positions to try in the bedroom with your partner.
Boosted Immune System
Yoga makes your body strong — but it can also help you avoid getting sick. Yoga practice has been shown to boost the immune system, so head to a class to help avoid that seasonal cold or flu. Experts at Yoga Journal explain that heated yoga poses help clear congestion that can lead to illness, and soothing restorative poses build ojas, or vigor, which is the thing that helps protect your immune system from getting weakened.
Throughout yoga class, your instructor will probably remind you to return to your breath. By teaching you how to focus on your breath — and return that focus regularly — yoga can help improve your concentration. Improved concentration benefits you in many areas of your life, not just in yoga class — including in work, personal relationships, and your creative endeavors.
Depression is a condition that affects not only your mental and emotional state but also your physical well-being. Thankfully, yoga practice has been shown to improve people’s depression naturally. Yoga has been shown to increase the levels of the neurotransmitter GABA in people’s’ brains. Low levels of GABA are linked to both depression and anxiety, so by increasing your GABA levels, you can lift the fog of depression from your mind and experience the physical benefits of decreased depression.