With the hustle and bustle of modern life, travelers are searching for ways to stretch the body and relax the mind on vacations around the world. Yoga is well-known for its ability to ease stress and promote relaxation, particularly when complimented with a day of biking, hiking, kayaking and active travel.
What Exactly is Yoga?
Originating in ancient India over 5,000 years ago, yoga may be defined broadly as the practice one undertakes toward uniting the body, mind and spirit. In fact, the word yoga is derived from the Sanskrit word yuj, meaning 'to join.'
It incorporates breathing exercises, meditation and poses designed to encourage rejuvenation and reduce stress. And, now science is supporting the health benefits.
Here are 3 ways adding yoga can benefit your health:
1. Lower stress.
Several studies have shown the effects of decreased stress with regular yoga practice.
- One study demonstrated the powerful effect of yoga on stress by following 24 women who perceived themselves as emotionally distressed.
- After a three-month yoga program, the women had significantly lower levels of cortisol. They also had lower levels of stress, anxiety, fatigue and depression (1).
2. May improve sleep quality
Trouble falling (or staying) asleep? Some studies show that incorporating yoga into your routine could help promote better sleep.
- In a 2005 study, 69 elderly patients were assigned to either practice yoga, take an herbal preparation or be part of the control group.
- The yoga group fell asleep faster, slept longer and felt more well-rested in the morning than the other groups (2).
- Another study looked at the effects of yoga on sleep in patients with lymphoma. They found that it decreased sleep disturbances, improved sleep quality and duration and reduced the need for sleep medications (3).
3. Increase flexibility
Many people add yoga to their daily routine to improve flexibility and balance.
- One study looked at the impact of 10 weeks of yoga on 26 male college athletes. Doing yoga significantly increased several measures of flexibility and balance, compared to the control group (4).
- Additionally, a 2013 study also found that practicing yoga could help improve balance and mobility in older adults (5).
- Practicing just 15–30 minutes of yoga each day can make a positive difference for those looking to enhance performance by increasing flexibility and balance.
There are increasing numbers of studies, which have confirmed the health benefits of yoga, both mental and physical.
Incorporating it into your daily life can help enhance your health, increase strength and flexibility, and reduce symptoms of stress, depression and anxiety.
And, there's no better way to begin a new yoga practice or commit to practicing more frequently, then on an all-inclusive wellness vacation with Taste of Travel. Imagine, experiencing yoga in some of the most peaceful and picturesque locations around the world!
Our certified yoga instructors will personally guide you, as you relax and stretch the mind and body while connecting in meaningful ways with the world around you.
Discover your dream wellness vacation with daily yoga classes led by our own certified instructors here:
1. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16319785/: "Rapid stress reduction and anxiolysis among distressed women as a consequence of a three-month intensive yoga program".
2. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15937373/: "Influence of Yoga and Ayurveda on self-rated sleep in a geriatric population".
3. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15139072/: "Psychological adjustment and sleep quality in a randomized trial of the effects of a Tibetan yoga intervention in patients with lymphoma".
4. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4728955/: "Impact of 10-weeks of yoga practice on flexibility and balance of college athletes".
5. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23825035. " A 12-week Iyengar yoga program improved balance and mobility in older community-dwelling people: a pilot randomized controlled trial".