5 surprising Yoga benefits you didn’t know

A silhouetted woman in tree pose variation at sunset.

To celebrate International Yoga Day, here’s a list of Yoga benefits that will take you past the usual benefits like improving flexibility and strength:
 
Fight food cravings
UNITED STATES - 2008/07/12: Junk food section of a supermarket. (Photo by John Greim/LightRocket via Getty Images)UNITED STATES – 2008/07/12: Junk food section of a supermarket. (Photo by John Greim/LightRocket via Getty Ima …
Always craving for that piece of chocolate, or can’t get off that daily can of Coke? Yoga can help you fight those cravings with specific poses because we get cravings we hold tension in the hips, hamstrings, shoulders, and the spine. The solution? Stretch them out. So the next time you have a craving for something bad, pull out your yoga mat instead.
Reference: Yoga Journal
Improve bone health
MRI of the left knee of a 42-year-old woman : Coronal sequence with FAT SAT. No anomaly is visible.MRI of the left knee of a 42-year-old woman : Coronal sequence with FAT SAT. No anomaly is visible.
Weight-bearing exercise strengthens bones and helps ward off osteoporosis, and many postures in yoga requires lifting your own weight. Specific poses like the ‘Downwards and Upward-facing dog’ can also help strengthen arm bones. Because of its ability to lower the levels of stress hormone cortisol, yoga indirectly helps bone and muscle growth.
 
 
Ease migraine
WUERZBURG, BAVARIA, GERMANY - 2014/12/02: Many red and transparent medical capsules, filled with yellow medicine, pouring out of a white container, displayed on a white table. (Photo by Frank Bienewald/LightRocket via Getty Images)WUERZBURG, BAVARIA, GERMANY – 2014/12/02: Many red and transparent medical capsules, filled with yellow medicine, …
Some causes of migraine are mental stressors and physical misalignment in the body. Acts like hunching over a computer or mobile phone for hours may strain the neck. Yoga helps stretch out and release tension in these areas.
 
Reference: Dailyburn.com
Manage physical pain
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 13: Rainbeau Mars teaches yoga at Yoga in the Sky: Celebrity Yogi Rainbeau Mars Leads Sunrise Yoga On Helipad At Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles At Beverly Hills For Global Wellness Day at Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills on June 13, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michael Bezjian/Getty Images for Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills)LOS ANGELES, CA – JUNE 13: Rainbeau Mars teaches yoga at Yoga in the Sky: Celebrity Yogi Rainbeau Mars Leads Sunrise …
Yoga is known for helping to ease lower back pain, but it can also help pain management in areas such as carpal tunnel syndrome, hand osteoporosis, even joint pain. This is because your joints go through a full range of motion every time you do yoga. 
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