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9 Ways Yoga Makes You a Better Person

“Yoga is the ultimate practice. It simultaneously stimulates our inner light and quiets our overactive minds. It is both energy and rest. Yin and Yang. We feel the burn and find our bliss.”

— Elise Joan

For thousands of years, people have turned to yoga to quiet their minds, improve physical well-being, and rejuvenate their spirit. This ancient practice unlocks a more positive, more centered version of yourself and equips your body with what it needs to heal. 

Yoga is the union of mind, body, and spirit, and regular practice will transform your life for the better. Here’s how yoga makes you a better person:

Physical benefits of yoga

Nine ways yoga makes you a better person 

If you’ve been hesitant to try yoga, there is no time like the present. It improves physical well-being through gentle yet challenging postures and makes you a better person at the same time. 

Scientific studies have shown that yoga improves quality of life and can make you happier, more relaxed, and more empathetic. Embrace all that this incredible meditative practice has to offer.

Teaches you patience

“If you fall over, you fall over. If you have to stop, you stop. But you start again. Just like life itself, you start again.”

— Gurmukh Kaur Khalsa

The first time you grab your mat and attempt a yoga practice, you are likely to find a few things your body simply just can’t do. Complicated twists, split-like poses, and binds may be out of reach. And that’s okay! 

Yoga isn’t about pushing yourself to the point of injury or forcing yourself into positions. It is about listening to your body and asking rather than telling.

Yoga requires great patience, and as you grow in your practice, you will notice your patience with yourself and others growing as well — on and off the mat. 

Soon, with time, repetition, and perseverance, you’ll be achieving poses you never thought possible and accomplishing goals in your life that you thought were out of reach.

Allows you to connect with the natural world

“The mind can go in a thousand directions, but on this beautiful path, I walk in peace. With each step, the wind blows. With each step, a flower blooms.”

— Thich Nhat Hanh

Most yoga classes end with corpse pose (savasana), which is, as it sounds, lying on the ground in a supine position and letting your body melt into the earth, releasing stress from your muscles. 

When you take this pose, especially after practicing yoga outdoors with the sounds of the natural world around you, you allow your body to connect to the earth and release all of your tension into the ground. 

Many asanas (yoga poses), such as Tree, Eagle, and Cobra, take their names from animals and features in nature, and you channel this energy as you open your mind and heart. This allows for a deeper connection with your physical body and the natural world around you. 

Helps you become kinder 

Yoga does not just change the way we see things; it transforms the person who sees.”

― B.K.S Iyengar

Yoga is all about listening and paying attention to your instructor, your body, and the feelings generated by your flow. The more you practice this intentional listening, the more you start to look beyond the surface and get in touch with a different part of your personality — a kinder side with more empathy and understanding.

Gives you the courage to try new things

“Change only happens in the present moment. The past is already done. The future is just energy and intention.”

— Kino MacGregor

What has been does not always have to be. It is common to get stuck in a rut and routine in your mind. The beautiful thing is, you have the power to change that. And yoga can help you achieve that change.

Meditation through physical mindfulness and awareness encourages you to step out of your comfort zone, set an intention for the future you imagine, and do something new for yourself.

Makes you less stressed 

“True meditation is about being fully present with everything that is including discomfort and challenges. It is not an escape from life.”

― Craig Hamilton

It is so easy to slip into stress cycles, letting chronic stress destroy your mental and physical wellbeing and feeling powerless to stop it. Yoga, rather than being an escape from your stressors, is a means of being fully present with yourself and accepting what you cannot change. 

Once you start to pursue mindfulness and utilize the stress-reducing power of deep breathing and physical movement, you will get more in tune with your emotions and learn to react with peace and awareness. 

Yoga is scientifically linked to a reduction in stress, with many studies supporting the practice for treating and reducing chronic stress. Decreasing chronic stress improves cardiovascular health by lowering blood pressure and reducing heart rate. 

Boosts your self-confidence 

Yoga is the journey of the self, through the self, to the self.”

― The Bhagavad Gita

Yoga is deeply personal, enabling you to connect with your mental and physical self. It is a journey of growth, self-reflection, and self-love. Being still and centered on the mat forces you to strip away all of your barriers and open your heart.

Over time, this will become easier. You will start trusting your inner voice and will begin to recognize all of the things your incredible body is capable of. Improved self-confidence spreads into every area of your life, changing your work and personal relationships and even enhancing your sex drive!

This isn’t just anecdotal either; an extensive study of young adults found that those who practiced yoga had improved self-esteem and better body image. 

Helps fight depression and anxiety

“If you want to conquer the anxiety of life, live in the moment, live in the breath.”

— Amit Ray

Yoga, like other exercises, boosts your mood by releasing endorphins, feel-good chemicals that fight off depression and anxiety. However, it may also increase Gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) levels, a neurological chemical with anti-anxiety and anti-depressive benefits. 

One study of patients with clinical depression found that those who practiced yoga multiple times per week had elevated GABA levels after three months. Other studies support these results, making yoga an intriguing treatment for depression and anxiety symptoms. 

Teaches you to let go

“Yoga is a dance between control and surrender — between pushing and letting go — and when to push and when to let go becomes part of the creative process, part of the open-ended exploration of your being.”

— Joel Kramer

There is something so peaceful about relaxing into a yoga pose. Instead of forcing yourself into the stretch, you simply let go, overcoming your body’s natural inclination towards tension. 

This translates off the mat as well. When you train your body to let go of restrictions, you will cultivate a more peaceful mindset in your life, embracing change with new centeredness and awareness. 

Increases self-awareness

Through sustained focus and meditation on our patterns, habits, and conditioning, we gain knowledge and understanding of our past and how we can change the patterns that aren’t serving us to live more freely and fully.”

— Patañjali

High-intensity exercises are excellent for getting your heart rate up (certain yoga flows do as well) and boosting your stamina and cardio capabilities. However, balancing a fast-paced workout with slow, introspective yoga is critical for full-body wellness. 

Taking stock of your limbs, muscles, joints, and mindset with intentional, deliberate stretching will help you become more aware of your physical and emotional state. This allows you to identify when something is amiss and will help you communicate with your body. 

Yoga can also improve focus. Self-awareness and prioritizing the present moment can eradicate distracting thoughts that keep you from achieving your full potential. 

A celebration of life

Remember, yoga isn’t just rushing through a few poses; it is about cultivating a deep, mindful connection between your brain and body through breathing, meditation, and asanas. Many people discover a passion for living a healthier lifestyle through yoga and become more aware of their dietary habits, sleep patterns, and environmental impact. 

Next steps

Say yes to yoga! It can help you achieve your 100 Year Heart and live a fulfilled, vibrant life. Namaste.

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About Dr. Keith Smigiel NP, DC

Dr. Keith Smigiel

Dr. Keith Smigiel is a regenerative medicine physician and pain management specialist. He takes an integrative approach to medicine, focusing on customized solutions tailored to individual needs. Using advanced, non-surgical treatments, Dr. Smigiel stimulates your body’s ability to naturally heal itself.

Dr. Smigiel helps people suffering from conditions such as chronic pain and erectile dysfunction, to hair loss and weight gain. Combining treatments such as PRP Therapy, Ozone, Neural Prolotherapy, and IV Infusions with functional rehabilitation, he helps you look and feel better.

He heals the body, instead of just treating the symptoms!

With his professional qualifications as a certified family nurse practitioner, a doctor of chiropractic, and a fellow of the International Academy of Medical Acupuncture, Dr. Smigiel offers patients comprehensive care from a broad perspective of conventional and alternative medicine. He also has extensive experience in functional rehabilitation and chronic pain management.

Dr. Smigiel is married to Angela and has two children, Sophia and Larz. When he’s not busy helping patients, he enjoys hiking, mountain biking, motocross, and boating.

About Dr. James Kneller, M.D., Ph.D., FHRS

Dr. James Kneller, M.D., Ph.D., FHRS

Dr. James Kneller is one of the nation’s leading heart rhythm specialists. Dr. Kneller is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) in Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology, Cardiovascular Disease, and Internal Medicine.

As a Fellow of the Heart Rhythm Society (FHRS) and Certified Cardiac Device Specialist (CCDS), Kneller provides comprehensive patient care, combining best medical practice with invasive procedures using state-of-the-art technologies to treat heart rhythm disorders.

Beyond guideline-directed therapies, Kneller is passionate about optimized personal health. With a deep interest in complimentary alternative medicine (CAM), he strives to reduce the need for pharmaceuticals, invasive procedures, and exposure to harmful radiation. With Natural Heart Doctor, he strives to help each and every client to Live Well, Eat Well, and Think Well to attain their 100-year heart!

About Dr. Lauren Lattanza NMD, FACC

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As a Naturopathic Physician, I am trained to treat the whole person and get to the root cause of disease.

I went to Arizona State University where I graduated with a bachelor’s degree in psychology with a depth in physiology and minor in Spanish. After my undergraduate degree I was working on prerequisite classes towards medical school, which is when I came to learn that my values identified best with the principles of naturopathic medicine. I knew that I wanted to help patients identify the causes of disease and be able to offer treatments which would improve their health rather than simply treating symptoms.

I dedicated the next 4 years to the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine in Tempe, Arizona where I attained my Doctorate of Naturopathic Medicine. I served as Class President all 4 years, Board of Trustees – Student Trustee, spoke as the Club President for our branch of Toastmasters, and was voted by my peers and attending physicians to earn the Outstanding Leadership Award for the Class of 2020. Throughout medical school I took it upon myself to work alongside MDs, DOs, chiropractors, and functional medicine practitioners in addition to naturopathic physicians.

As a Spanish speaking student, I was able to volunteer with community clinics around Phoenix and provide free healthcare to low-income families. Due to this combined exposure, I came to find my passion in treating cardiometabolic and digestive disorders that are all too common, yet largely preventable. I took the opportunity to learn the broad spectrum of healthcare so I can ensure that I am able to provide my patients with the best options.

About Dr. Jack Wolfson DO, FACC

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Dr. Jack Wolfson is a board-certified cardiologist, Amazon best-selling author, husband, father, and the nation’s #1 Natural Heart Doctor.

For more than two decades, more than one million people have enjoyed the warmth, compassion, and transformational power of his natural heart health courses and events.

Dr. Wolfson is the founder of Natural Heart Doctor Scottsdale, his heart health practice in Arizona, and Natural Heart Doctor, an online resource center with natural health information. Doctors from across the globe reach out to Dr. Wolfson for training and education in holistic health practices.

He has been named one of America’s Top Functional Medicine Doctors and is a five-time winner of the Natural Choice Awards as a holistic M.D. Dr. Wolfson’s work has been covered by more than 100 media outlets, including NBC, CNN, and the Washington Post. His book “The Paleo Cardiologist: The Natural Way to Heart Health” was an Amazon #1 best-seller.

Dr. Wolfson and his wife Heather have four children and are committed to making the world a better place to live. They provide for those in need (including animals) and support natural health causes through their philanthropic efforts.

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Frequently Asked Questions

I’d like to receive an online second opinion from Natural Heart Doctor. What do I do next?

You can initiate a second opinion online through our website at any time. To begin, select the team member you’d like to speak with and open an account.

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Naturopathic Medical Doctor Dr. Lauren Lattanza. Get details.

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Alternatively, you can email health@naturalheartdoctor.com. A member of our care team will help guide you through the process of starting a second opinion.

What is the cost of a Natural Heart Doctor Online Second Opinion?

The cost for most second opinions varies by team member. This fee includes information collection, a phone or video consultation, a second opinion from a Natural Heart Doctor specialist and guidance throughout the process from your personal Care Team at Natural Heart Doctor.

Cardiologist Dr. Jack Wolfson’s Second Opinion Fee is $1500.

Holistic Physician’s Dr. Lauren Lattanza’s Second Opinion Fee is $250.

Naturopathic Physician Dr. Tonia Rainier’s Second Opinion Fee is $250.

Note: We apply the Online Second Opinion Call fee as a credit to any future consultations with Natural Heart Doctor, should you choose them.

Will my insurance cover the cost of a Natural Heart Doctor Online Second Opinion?

Most likely, no. Most health plans do not cover online second opinions or consultations. You are responsible for the cost of our second opinion. Natural Heart Doctor cannot file a claim with your insurance carrier, nor can we provide a procedure (CPT) code for this service.

What is the timeline to receive an online second opinion?

We do our best to schedule your second opinion as quickly as possible. Typically, it takes 5 to 7 business days after your information has been collected to receive your phone or video online second opinion.

What information do you need in advance of our call?

Our office will send you a short questionnaire to complete and return. We DO NOT need your complete medical records.

How many questions can I ask the expert during our call?

You may ask a maximum of five questions. This is to ensure that the expert has sufficient time to devote to each question. All questions must be finalized before your online meeting.

What should I expect to receive once my second opinion is complete?

You will receive a summary of our discussion along with our second opinion. The second opinion will be in written form. After you have reviewed the second opinion, a Natural Heart Doctor clinician will follow up with you by phone to address general medical questions about the information provided in the second opinion.

What if I have follow-up questions for the expert after I have reviewed my second opinion?

If you have a clarifying question about an expert’s response to one of the questions in your second opinion, and the Natural Heart Doctor clinician is unable to address it, then you may request a follow up session for an additional fee. 

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Natural Heart Doctor is strongly committed to protecting the privacy and security of all our patients. Our website meets all federal requirements for protecting personal health information under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). All financial transactions are processed by Natural Heart Doctor securely using industry standard payment processing tools.

I would rather visit Natural Heart Doctor for an in-person appointment. What should I do next?

If you would prefer an in-person appointment at Natural Heart Doctor instead of an online second opinion, please call (480) 535-6844 for details and scheduling.

Can I schedule a follow up appointment with the specialist who provided my online second opinion?

Yes, we’re happy to help you on an extended basis. Our clinician can discuss options with you when presenting our second opinion summary.