Why Does Yoga Work? | New Year 30 Day Yoga Challenge | Day 2

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So, Why does yoga work?

Well it may be difficult to answer the question, why does yoga work, there are more and more case studies being done showing that yoga does work.

A 2017 study in the Asian Journal of Medical and Biological Research found significant gains in flexibility and balance in the yoga group compared to the non-yoga group in measuring a group of athletes in their experiment.

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Yoga has been shown to reduce stress. The Journal of Applied Behavioral Research did a study to see if yoga would help first year college students reduce stress and improve their physical and mental health. The study was reported as promising as they found that the yoga had a positive impact on their social lives, stress levels, as well as physical health.

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In July 0f 2017, The American Journal of Occupational Therapy reported that in 13 studies of yoga with older adults, yoga decreased risks of falls and helped to improve their quality of sleep.

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When we are talking about the benefits of yoga for women, there was a 2017 study on yoga and menstrual cramps. The study showed that yoga significantly reduced the menstrual cramps for the women participating.

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A study in the Journal of American College of Cardiology on restorative yoga found that restorative yoga was much more effective than relaxation and stretching at reducing heart rate and blood pressure even twenty four hours after the restorative yoga classes. Through this study cardiologists saw the potential of restorative yoga as a therapeutic option for patients with high blood pressure.

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Yin Yoga, which is known for its focus on mindfulness has been shown to decrease stress and worry. The International Journal of Anxiety, Stress, and Coping published a 2017 article on a 10 week yin yoga and mindfulness study that showed a decrease in stress and worry that was still present after a five week follow up.

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A May 2017 article published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary medicine found that yoga nidra reduces stress levels, muscle fatigue, muscle tension and improves self-care. The study involved nurses who participated in weekly sessions of yoga nidra in order to promote their own wellness and build resilience to help them manage their patients within a hurried and stressful healthcare system. Nurses reported less stress and muscle fatigue following yoga nidra sessions.

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And just to finish for today, a 2017 study in the Journal of Complementary Therapies found that just one ¨single video-instructed session of hatha yoga was able to improve stress reactivity and recovery from an acute stress task in healthy individuals.¨

What does that mean? If you have had a particularly stressful event in your day, you can come home, pull up a Yoga with Dr. Melissa West video and you will recover from that stressful event.

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I am super looking forward to our next 29 days together. See you tomorrow!


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