Yoga and its Benefits for Men

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People all over the world are now aware of the benefits of yoga and are indulging in it more and more. Research has shown that yoga is highly beneficial for the men’s health also. Yoga increases the heart rate and strengthens the cardiovascular system. The lungs will become stronger owing to a person’s ability to breathe deeply and at ease. This improves the endurance of a person. Muscles start to strengthen as one performs yoga on a daily basis.

Deep breathing practiced in yogic exercises improves the function of parasympathetic nervous system which in turn lowers the levels of cortisol, the hormone which is responsible for increasing the belly fat. A reduction in cortisol also reduces the levels of stress in the human body. Yoga is also found to improve the sexual performance of men. Some of the yogic poses that are quite beneficial for men are

Chair Pose or Utkatasana – This is a great pose for men. It helps in building the strength of quadriceps, shoulders and ankles. It is also very good for stimulating the functions of abdominal organs.

Navasana or boat pose – This pose is very good for strengthening the deep core muscles, hip muscles and muscles of the spine. It also stimulates the prostate gland, increases the digestion power and reduces tension in the pelvic region in a man.

Uttanasana – This is one of the poses which is great at relieving stress in men. It is also helpful in relieving the tension in the neck, spine and back. This also improves digestion in men.

Adho Mukha Svanasana – This is also called the Downward facing dog pose. This pose has a multitude of benefits and aids in strengthening the hips, calves, back, shoulders and also hamstrings. It is great for the mind and also doubles up as a wonderful warm up exercise.

Anjaneyasana – This is another of the yogic poses which helps in practicing balance as one stays in the same pose for a longer period of time. It helps in opening the hip flexors and strengthens body parts such as ankles, knees, spine, chest and hips.

Sethu Bandha Sarvangasana – This pose releases the tight muscles in the body. Regular practice of this pose can result in creation of more space in the chest. It also helps in fighting disorders like headaches, anxiety, fatigue and insomnia.

Virabhadrasana – This is also popularly known as the warrior pose. The pose strengthens the thighs, calves and ankles.

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