Yoga Mental Benefits
In addition to the significant physical benefits from practicing power yoga, the mental benefits are impressive and substantial as well. As is the case with other forms of yoga, the effects on stress management are exceptionally high. Those who practice yoga have been found to produce lower amounts of stress chemicals, enabling them to handle stress more effectively as well as decreasing the effects of stress on the body and mind. Power yoga also increases the production and absorption of “feel good” chemicals in the brain.
Practitioners of power yoga experience an increase in memory ability and the ability to concentrate and focus.
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Although other cardiovascular activity has a positive effect on both concentration and memory as well, power yoga has been shown to be even more effective than other cardio activities. Power yoga has been found to improve the self-image and body image of those who practice it regularly. In fact, studies of women who take part in other aerobic activity and women who practice power yoga have shown that, although both groups were fit and healthy, those who practiced power yoga had a higher rate of satisfaction and appreciation for their physical state and body image.
For those who suffer from insomnia, power yoga is one of the most powerful and effective ways to improve not only the length of time it takes to fall asleep and the length of time spent asleep, but also the quality of sleep. Those who practice power yoga enjoy deeper, more restorative and rejuvenating sleep than those who do not take part in the activity.
Overall, the combination of physical, mental and emotional benefits from regularly practicing power yoga make it an effective way to improve quality of life as well as physical fitness and weight loss or weight maintenance. In addition to the direct benefits that can be gained from practicing power yoga, the knock-on effects are varied and far-reaching. The results of feeling physically, mentally and emotionally stronger and more energized can result in, an increase of productivity in the work place as well as the domestic environment; improved relationships and communication in both work and social situations; clearer and more positive thought processes; a better ability to make decisions and take advantage of opportunities; stronger support with friends and family; healthier choices in lifestyle and diet; and many more.