Quality of life. Everyone wants it, but what does it really mean? Quality of life is subjective and refers to the positive and negative features of life like your health, family context, career, living conditions, outlook on life, spiritual and political beliefs. Generally, the happier, more comfortable, and healthier you are the better your quality of life.
If you feel your quality of life needs improvement, adopting a healthier lifestyle can help. Many research studies are being published on the therapeutic benefits of yoga. Here are the top 3 ways yoga can increase your quality of life.
1. Yoga Stimulates the Brain's Pleasure Centers
Yoga inhibits the posterior or sympathetic area of the hypothalamus. This inhibition optimizes the body's responses to stressful situations and restores mechanisms associated with stress. Yogic practices inhibit the areas responsible for fear, aggressiveness and rage, and stimulate the rewarding pleasure centers in the brain and other areas leading to a state of bliss and pleasure.
2. Yoga Increases Serotonin Levels
Serotonin is a chemical found in the human body that carries signals along and between nerves. Serotonin is regarded by some researchers as a chemical that is responsible for maintaining mood balance, and that a deficit of serotonin leads to depression.
3. Yoga Improves Flexibility
Improved flexibility is one of the first and most obvious benefits of yoga. But do you know why? With consistent practice, yoga gradually loosens the muscles and connective tissues surrounding the bones and joints. The body's joints are taken through their full range of motion, squeezing and soaking areas of cartilage not often used and bringing fresh nutrients, oxygen and blood to the area.
How would your quality of life improve if you were less stressed, more flexible, and experienced pleasure more frequently? Contact our Yoga Therapist, Lucy D'Aponte, to discuss how a personalized yoga program can benefit you. We offer our clients a beautiful studio and convient Burlington, VT location.
To learn more about how yoga increases quality of life read the full study by the Department of Health, Exercise Science and Recreation Management, The University of Mississippi, The Center for Health Behavior Research, 215 Turner Center, University, MS, USA in the International Journal of Yoga.