Yoga is a way of life, showing up on your mat and practicing regularly is a way to have healthy mind and body. Yoga increases well being and it has been a subject to many research to find out why Yoga makes you feel so good.
The ability of yoga to help dial back both physical and mental problems is reason enough to try it. But there’s more. Even at this early stage of research, a regular yoga practice appears to correlate with increased wellbeing, including better sleep, better body awareness, weight loss, and greater happiness. By improving mindfulness, it simultaneously helps to boost compassion, gratitude, and “flow” states, all of which contribute to greater happiness. Early evidence suggests that yoga may even slow aging on the cellular level, perhaps through its stress-busting effects.
What makes these findings so exciting is that they suggest that a regular yoga practice can improve multiple areas of your life at once, creating positive feedback loops that can further promote health. For example, yoga can help improve your sleep, which in turn gives you more
energy and focus during your day. When you feel better physically and mentally, you have the energy to adopt better habits, including a healthier diet and more physical activity. These changes in turn can lead to better weight control, which helps with a host of physical problems. More exercise—not to mention fewer aches and pains—can improve your sleep, and so the cycle continues.
Yoga is an ancient discipline of body, mind and spirit that has been westernized and practiced for its health benefits as a compliment to more conventional medical therapy. Yogic practices in normal subjects lead to improvement in cardio-respiratory performance, lipid and carbohydrate metabolism and psychologic well being, through body-and-breath-control, including relaxation techniques. Regular yogic practices have shown profound improvement in thermoregulatory and psychological functions such as mental performance, improvement of memory and creation of a sense of well being. These effects of yogic practices appear to be mediated through an interaction between the autonomic nervous system and endocrine system, wherein pineal secretion of melatonin may play an important role and also conditions autonomic functions mediated through limbic system and higher centes of central nervous system.