Yoga is a cluster of physical, spiritual and mental practices that originated in ancient India. It helps to attain deep relaxation and meditation. It also helps people to connect deeply with their inner selves and also maintain good health.
Due to the health benefits and goodness of yoga, its practice has spread widely in the west. Thus, it is very popular in the west as an alternative well-being regimen.
The numbers too tell a similar story. Statistics prove that as many as 36.7 million people in the United States practiced yoga back in 2015. Following this, it’s projected that by the year 2020, that number would have increased to more or less 55 million people.
Another example on a series of studies done in 2017 showed that people experienced low levels of depression and anxiety after joining a yoga program.
A 2016 study showed that adults who practice yoga have reduced risk of cognitive impairment. Another research showed that one can reduce the early symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis by engaging in eight weeks of intense yoga.
A most recent study had investigators at the University of Edinburgh in the United Kingdom conducting a review of 22 clinical trials that studied yoga benefits and effects. Based on these findings, the researchers were able to find out that people aged 60 and over can improve their quality of life by practicing yoga regularly. This includes reducing depression, improving the quality of sleep, improved physical balance, more flexibility and strength, and even a boost in overall vitality.
Divya Sivaramakrishnan, the review’s lead author said that yoga should be promoted more in official physical activity guidelines.
It was also found to be better than no exercise and other more popular physical activities, like walking and chair aerobics.
Divya also added that, too many older people were inactive and did not meet official recommendations on balance and muscle strengthening.