How does Yoga reverse Aging?

1. Yoga Increases Anti-Aging Hormones in the Brain

DHEA is known as the ‘’anti-aging hormone’’. As we get older our body produces less of it, but when we practice Yoga and meditation, we naturally provide our bodies with this hormone as well as lowering cortisol levels.

2. Yoga Can Help with Insomnia and it Improves Sleep Quality

Scientific studies show how poor sleep contributes to aging. UCLA researchers revealed how just a single night of insufficient sleep can make an adults’ cells age quicker. Studies by Harvard Medical School, however, identify how Yoga combats this by improving sleep.

3. Yoga Slows Cellular Aging 

Many studies have proven that when you practise Yoga, biomarkers associated with cellular aging and stress-related inflammation decrease. For example, in a study published in Oxidative Medicine and Cellular Longevity, researchers found that even 12 weeks of Yoga slowed cellular aging.

4. Yoga Helps Us Cultivate a More Flexible, Limber Body

As we age, our bodies can stiffen and suffer the consequences of aches, pains, injury, fatigue, and more. Research has discovered that “At least half of the age-related changes to muscles, bones and joints are caused by disuse.” The negative domino effect caused by disuse can worsen our posture and put undesired pressure on our joints. We can avoid this with a consistent yoga practice which allows the body to move, stretch, and lengthen out the spine, resulting in a younger, more flexible and limber body.

5. Yoga Encourages Retention of Muscle Mass

Muscle mass is lost naturally during the aging process. But with a consistent yoga practice, we can achieve anti-aging benefits by encouraging the body to retain muscle mass. A well-named study, NAMASTE (Novel Approaches to Maintaining Muscle Mass and Strength) revealed that, “The yogis had lower rates of protein synthesis and breakdown, which translates into more efficient muscle mass maintenance.”