Yoga Diminishes Back Pain
Lower back pain is a common and chronic issue among the aging population. Thankfully, a 2014 study published by the International Journal of Yoga found that Iyengar yoga can help with pain relief.
Study participants with a history of chronic lower back pain committed to a series of Iyengar yoga stretches. They performed yoga 5-days per week, for a period of 4-weeks. Findings reported a 44-percent improvement in back pain intensity.
Yoga Prevents Diabetes
When it comes to managing glucose levels, diabetes patients often struggle. However, an Indian study conducted in collaboration by the Srinivas Institute of Medical Science and Research Centre and Kasturba Medical College and Hospital, at
Manipal University, found that yoga helped control glucose levels and oxidative stress in type 2 diabetic patients. The study monitored 123 diabetic patients and reported a significant decrease in overall BMI, as well as better overall glycemic control.
Yoga Strengthens Immune Health
With the pending cold and flu season looming, yoga may be a more natural option to help ward off fall and winter illness. According to research published by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), a regular yoga practice reduces immune-lowering cortisol in the body.
The study compared 30 individuals who practiced yoga for 35-minutes daily for 12 weeks. Compared to a control group of 30 individuals who did no yoga, the yogis experienced reduced cortisol emission during stressful situations. Cortisol is linked with weakening immune health.