15 Ways Yoga Improves Your Health and Life

15 Ways Yoga Improves Your Health and Life

Less Stress

![10 A Low Resistance Way to Get Exercise](http://www.helthi.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/10-A-Low-Resistance-Way-to-Get-Exercise-e1470346776868.jpg)[ESB\_Essentials](http://www.shutterstock.com/pic-389251765/stock-photo-two-mature-women-keeping-fit-by-doing-yoga-in-the-summer.html)Using yoga as a method to keep in shape has the benefit of allowing you to de-stress. Yoga allows you to clear your mind and focus on the movements of your body while putting your stress and worry in the backseat for the time being.

Get Better Sleep

![yoga better sleep](http://www.helthi.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/shutterstock_104963897.jpg)[Monkey Business Images](https://www.shutterstock.com/image-photo/couple-bed-asleep-104963897)Doing a yoga routine before bed can help you get better sleep. The more sleep that you get, the better you will begin to feel at the beginning of each of your days. This can lead to a more productive and active day compared to what you were experiencing prior to doing yoga.

Helps Your Skin

![yoga better skin](http://www.helthi.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/shutterstock_144298723-1.jpg)[LStockStudio](https://www.shutterstock.com/image-photo/portrait-beautiful-young-african-woman-smiling-144298723)Yoga is known for helping your circulation. That is extremely important when it comes to having beautiful, healthy skin. So, when you are working your way through each of your poses, you are also helping to improve the overall condition of your skin which is something every woman cares about.

Sweat is Important for Overall Health

![yoga sweat is important for overall health](http://www.helthi.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/shutterstock_243204397.jpg)[fizkes](https://www.shutterstock.com/image-photo/sporty-yoga-girl-on-white-background-243204397)A good workout always makes you sweat. And while you may not feel great after your workout is done (at least until you hit the showers), sweat has an important function for your health. When you sweat, your body is cleansing itself of toxins that are working against you when it comes to staying healthy. Any activity that helps cleanse you of these toxins is important for your ongoing health.

Encourages Friendships

![Walking-boosts-blood-circulation](http://www.helthi.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/5-Walking-boosts-blood-circulation.jpg)[pikselstock](http://www.shutterstock.com/pic-109879442/stock-photo-couple-working-out-in-park.html)When you take yoga in a class setting, you have the potential to create and cultivate new friendships. While it may not seem like it, friendships play an important role in maintaining your health. When you have friends who enjoy the same activities that you do will help you keep on track with keeping up with your yoga and also staying true to your diet.

Replaces Bad Habits with Good Habits

![yoga Replaces Bad Habits with Good Habits](http://www.helthi.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/shutterstock_332250770.jpg)[pathdoc](https://www.shutterstock.com/image-photo/side-profile-woman-smiling-looking-blue-332250770)Everyone has some bad habits that they would like to kick. By engaging in yoga, you are creating a good habit that can begin to replace your bad habits. Some of these bad habits that you will be getting rid of can be harmful to your overall health. And some of them can just make you feel bad about yourself. The better you feel about yourself, the more you will notice positive improvements in how you project yourself.

Helps You Create a New Perspective

![10 A Low Resistance Way to Get Exercise](http://www.helthi.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/10-A-Low-Resistance-Way-to-Get-Exercise-e1470346776868.jpg)[ESB\_Essentials](http://www.shutterstock.com/pic-389251765/stock-photo-two-mature-women-keeping-fit-by-doing-yoga-in-the-summer.html)By engaging in such a physical activity that requires thought and concentration, you will begin looking at your life and yourself in new ways. This can open you up to trying new things and tackling activities that you would not have done before beginning yoga. You may notice your confidence begin to improve and that always helps you put forth a positive self image.

Helps You Find Strength

![yoga strength](http://www.helthi.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/shutterstock_292027598.jpg)[Alliance](https://www.shutterstock.com/image-photo/finding-right-balance-her-quiet-place-292027598)Engaging in yoga helps build up your physical and your mental strength. While this has obvious benefits there is one benefit that you may not have counted on. Whenever you are dealing with a stressful situation, you will find that you have more mental strength to handle these situations than before you began yoga.

Take Control of Your Fear

![yoga control fears](http://www.helthi.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/shutterstock_449897686.jpg)[Schnapps2012](https://www.shutterstock.com/image-photo/young-fearless-girl-polar-bear-on-449897686)Fear is an emotion that can dull your natural glow. Yoga teaches you control and can help you manage your fears. While it may seem like such a small thing, managing your fears will allow your natural glow to shine through and will help you feel more in control of your life.

Improved Flexibility and Movement

![yoga flexibility](http://www.helthi.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/shutterstock_269206133.jpg)[ESB Professional](https://www.shutterstock.com/image-photo/young-woman-doing-yoga-exercises-on-2692061333)The entire purpose of yoga is movement so it makes since that yoga would help to improve your flexibility over time. This will help you feel more able to move during your daily activities and can help give you a better outlook on how you are living your life.

Gives You Better Posture

![posture yoga](http://www.helthi.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/shutterstock_373581937.jpg)[g-stockstudio](https://www.shutterstock.com/image-photo/namaste-beautiful-young-african-woman-sportswear-373581937)As you advance through yoga and begin to master the poses, you will start to notice that your posture is improving. With improved posture, you will begin to notice a reduction in aches and pains. This is due to how you hold yourself and how you are putting pressure on certain areas of your body, including your back.

Helps with Bone Health

![bone health yoga](http://www.helthi.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/shutterstock_294164684.jpg)[Kjpargeter](https://www.shutterstock.com/image-illustration/3d-render-female-figure-spine-yoga-294164684)Over time, your bones can begin to wear down and you will become more susceptible to breaks. Yoga can help prevent your bones from wearing down and can improve your overall bone health as you age. This helps make it less likely that you will have to deal with broken bones.

Can Improve Your Immunity

![immunity health yoga](http://www.helthi.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/shutterstock_233562679.jpg)[Kite\_rin](https://www.shutterstock.com/image-photo/young-woman-relaxing-outdoors-233562679)Yoga has many benefits to your health. But it can also help increase your immunity. This is because the movements of yoga will help drain the lymph in your cells. The lymphatic system serves many important functions including fighting cancerous cells and fighting infection.

Can Help Drop Blood Pressure

![yoga blood pressure](http://www.helthi.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/shutterstock_137968508.jpg)[michaeljung](https://www.shutterstock.com/image-photo/group-young-fit-people-meditating-gym-137968508)Many people struggle to keep their blood pressure down. That is why participating in yoga is so important. The higher your blood pressure is when you begin yoga, the bigger the drop that you should see if you keep up with your yoga sessions on a regular basis.

Yoga Can Make You Happy

![happy yoga](http://www.helthi.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/shutterstock_227694565.jpg)[EpicStockMedia](https://www.shutterstock.com/image-photo/young-woman-practicing-yoga-on-beach-227694565) Exercise can help increase your mood. You will feel good about yourself and will notice some positive changes in your body. A positive emotion like happiness can be beneficial to your body as well. The happier you feel, the lower the toll on your body which can lead to its own positive changes in your body (for example, you may find that you do not lose as much hair).