Here’s seven more reasons to roll out your mat and kickstart your day with a yoga session:

STRESS
Yoga calms the sympathetic nervous system. People who practise regularly also have more brain cells in the regions that regulate stress and increase focus, according to researchers at the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine in the US.

PAIN
It turns off the stress response and so that the body can focus on growth, repair, immune function, digestion and other self-nurturing processes that help manage pain. 

SLEEP
Regular yoga improves overall sleep quality, which has a knock-on effect for your mood, weight and overall health.

BONE DENSITY
Yoga poses can help stimulate the growth of bone-making cells (osteocytes). A decade-long investigation found that it significantly improves bone density in the spine and thigh bones.

CONCENTRATION
By focusing on your breath, you’re better able to concentrate on daily activities. 

BELLY FAT
Yoga lowers levels of cortisol, the stress hormone that makes your midsection a magnet for belly fat. So yoga can serve as an ally for both your physical and mental health.

PERIOD PAIN
A recent study showed cobra, cat and fish poses are safe and effective in reducing the severity and duration of menstrual cramps.

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