What happens at the beginning of each session – deep breathing – stimulates the prefrontal cortex, the thinking center of the brain. At this point, you literally become smarter: according to the results of the study, those who passed a cognitive test after 20 minutes of yoga scored more points. This intense focus helps calm the amygdala, in other words, your emotional field. This allows you to establish control over feelings such as anger and fear.
At the same time, the hormone of happiness is produced in the brain, which makes yoga a natural helper when the mood is not good.
Lungs and heart
Remember: your lungs expand to allow your stomach to breathe and oxygen to enter your body. There are also benefits for heart health. The effect is so powerful that regular yoga practice can lower your heart rate during and after class.
The immune system
There is a normalization of the vagus nerve, which informs the immune system, releasing a cache of immune-boosting cells. You become more resistant to infections.
Balance and strength
If you feel that you are being carried away from side to side, then yoga – even just twice a week – will help restore the balance of mind and body. In addition to all of the above, exercises promote the flexibility of muscles, tendons and connective tissue to the maximum possible state. Regular practice, under the supervision of a competent yoga specialist, will make the body more flexible, protecting the joints and muscles from damage, and will also return the body to external and internal strength.
Yoga normalizes the functioning of the adrenal glands, which produce the stress hormone cortisol. This hormone is associated with cravings for fatty foods. Doing yoga, over time, you will not want to consume fatty foods. On the contrary, there will be a craving for living, plant foods.