The health benefits of Yoga in general are extremely well documented, but a recent study by researchers from the University of Maryland School of Nursing and the National Institutes of Health took a unique look at the relationship between various aspects of yoga practice and specific predictors of health.
This study, published in Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine, separated yoga practice into different components and then correlated them to several known factors associated with good health. The study implies some interesting possibilities, and we'll take a look at them over a few different articles.
We can start by skipping to the end of the story, the moral of which is obvious: The more often you practice yoga, the more healthy you are likely to be.
O.K. I could have told you that.
But more specifically, the more frequently you practice yoga
In the final models examining general yoga practice, frequency of home practice was the practice variable that most often predicted aspects of health . Specifically practice frequency (β = .106, P < .001) and years of practice (β = .039, P < .05) were independent predictors of mindfulness. For every extra day per week of yoga home practice, mindfulness scores increased .42 of a point (.10 of a SD). After controlling for gender and age, practice frequency was a significant independent predictor of subjective well-being (β = .183, P < .001) and BMI (β = −.043, P < .001). Every additional day per week of home practice was associated with a decrease of .17 of a point (.04 of SD) in BMI. After controlling for gender and age, practice frequency predicted fruit and vegetable servings per day (β = .031, P < .001). Practice frequency was the only variable negatively related to sleep disturbance (β = −.052, P < .001), and individuals who practiced more frequently had higher odds of being a vegetarian than those who practiced less often (OR = 1.057, P < .001). For every additional day per week of yoga practice, sleep improved by .21 of a point (.07 of an SD) and the odds of being vegetarian increased 22.8%.
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