Karuna Yoga

Health Benefits of Yoga

Physiological Benefits of Yoga

  • Stable autonomic nervous system equilibrium, with a tendency toward parasympathetic nervous system dominance rather than the usual stress induced sympathetic nervous system dominance.
  • Pulse rate decreases.
  • Respiratory rate decreases.
  • Blood pressure decreases (of special significance for hyporeactors)
  • Galvanic Skin Response (GSR) increases.
  • EEG – alpha waves increase (theta, delta and beta waves also increase during various stage of meditation)
  • Cardiovascular efficiency increases
  • Respiratory efficiency increases (respiratory amplitude and smoothness increase, tidal volume increases, vital capacity increases, breath – holding time increases).
  • Gastrointestinal function normalizes
  • Excretory functions improve
  • Musculoskeletal flexibility and joint range of motion increase
  • Posture improves
  • Strength and resiliency increase
  • Endurance increase
  • Energy level increases
  • Weight normalizes
  • Sleep improves
  • Immunity increases
  • Pain decreases

 

Psychological Benefits

  • Somatic and Kinesthetic awareness increase
  • Mood improves and subjective well-being increases
  • Self-acceptance and Self-actualization increase
  • Social adjustment increases
  • Anxiety and depression decrease
  • Hostility decreases

 

Psycho Motor Benefits of Yoga

  • Psychomotor function improve
  • Grip strength increases
  • Dexterity and fine skills improve
  • Eye-hand coordination improves
  • Choice reaction time improves
  • Steadiness improves
  • Depth perception improves
  • Balance improves
  • Integrated functioning of body parts improves

 

Cognitive Benefits of Yoga

  • Cognitive function improves
  • Attention improves
  • Concentration improves
  • Memory improves
  • Learning efficiency improves
  • Symbol coding improves
  • Depth perception improves
  • Flicker fusion frequency improves

Biochemical Benefits

The biochemical profile improves, indicating an anti-stress and antioxidant effect, important in the prevention of degenerative diseases.

  • Glucose decreases
  • Sodium decreases
  • Total cholesterol decreases
  • Triglycerides decreases
  • HDL cholesterol increases
  • LDL cholesterol decreases
  • VLDL cholesterol decreases
  • Cholinesterase increase
  • Catecholamines decrease
  • A TPase increases
  • Hematocrit increase
  • Lymphocyte count increases
  • Total white blood cell count decreases
  • Thyroxin increases
  • Vitamin C increase
  • Total serum protein increases

 

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