Benefits of Yoga

 

The benefits of yoga

Yoga is a science that has been practiced for thousands of years in the East. It consists of theories and principles about the mind / body connection which is now being proven by modern medicine in the West.

Yoga helps you become more aware of your body's posture, alignment and patterns of movement. On the physical level, yoga makes the body more flexible and on the mental level, it helps you relax. Some of the most common reasons people start Practicing Yoga are because they start feeling fitter, more energetic, happier and peaceful.

This list gives you just a small snapshot of some of the many reasons why yoga is so beneficial:-

 

Physical benefits.

Improves flexibility. - The stretching that you engage in during every practice helps lengthen and stretch muscles, which helps reduce the risk of injuries.

Lubricates joints, ligaments and tendons –Yoga positions exercise the different tendons and ligaments of the body and it has been found that yoga positions act upon certain parts of the body in an interrelated manner so when done together, they work in harmony to create flexibility relatively quickly and easily if done regularly.

Tones muscles. - Yoga works all the muscles in your body. It helps strengthen and tone them and also builds endurance and stamina.

Massages all Organs of the Body – Yoga is perhaps the only form of activity which massages all the internal glands and organs of the body, including those such as the prostate.  This stimulation and massage of the organs in turn benefits us by keeping away disease and providing a forewarning at the first possible instance of a likely onset of disease or disorder.

Complete Detoxification – By gently stretching muscles and joints as well as massaging the various organs, yoga ensures the optimum blood supply to various parts of the body. This helps in the flushing out of toxins as well as providing nourishment. This leads to benefits such as delayed ageing, energy and a remarkable zest for life.

Improves balance. - The majority of yoga practices include some type of balancing in the poses. A significant number of people, especially as they began to get older, start to have problems with balance, which can lead to major injuries due to falls. By having a greater sense of balance, you are able to move more easily and safely.

Helps reduce pain. - Tense muscles often contribute to pain. Relaxing muscles helps to minimize muscle tension and the pain that is associated with it. Also, breathing deeply into muscles helps lessen pain by altering your perception of it.

Increases level of energy. - Carrying tension in your body takes an enormous toll on your energy reserves. By learning how to relax through your yoga practice, you benefit by enjoying higher levels of energy when doing other daily activities.

Promotes a sense of relaxation. - Most people breathe high in their chests. This not only does not allow them to get sufficient oxygen, it also triggers the stress response, which contributes to feelings of anxiety. Breathing deeply as practiced in yoga, helps relax your muscles and also brings much needed oxygen to your cells. The deep sense of relaxation also leads to better quality sleep.

Each yoga practice ends with some type of relaxation. Since your body and mind are one, by relaxing your body you also relax your mind. Many yoga experts believe that a relaxation pose is the most beneficial pose in any yoga practice.

 

Mental benefits.

Clears your mind and helps focus your attention. - During your practice, you are focusing your attention on your breath and turning inward. This concentration allows you to withdraw from the distractions in your environment. A significant benefit of yoga practice is that you can take this ability to focus your attention into every aspect of your life. Not only will your actions be more productive, you can also enjoy them in a greater way.

Reduces stress. - Deep breathing helps reduce the hormones that are released when you are feeling anxious and stressed. The internal focus that accompanies the poses helps create a relaxation response in your body.

Releases stuck emotions. - Often stuck emotions find their way into our bodies. As the ancient yogi’s state, your mind and body are one so if you are suppressing any painful emotions, you will often experience that as pain in some part of your body. A benefit of yoga is that by breathing deeply into places in your body that hold tension, you can help release the emotions that may be buried there. You can then examine these emotions and let go of the ones that do not serve you.

Sense of peace and tranquility. - Most yoga practices include some time for meditation. Regular meditation helps your mind reach a state of inner calm. It helps you gain control over your thinking. Yoga harmonizes the mind with the body.  As already mentioned, it is now being proven medically how the will of the mind has enabled people to achieve extraordinary feats, which prove the mind and body connection. Yoga through meditation works remarkably to achieve this harmony and helps the mind work in sync with the body. How often do we find that we are unable to perform our activities properly and in a satisfying manner because of the confusions and conflicts in our mind? Stress associated illnesses are in reality the number 1 killer, affecting all parts of our physical, endocrinal and emotional systems. These can be corrected through the practice of meditation. Yoga and meditation are one in the same as they work together in achieving the common goal of unity of mind, body and spirit – a state of eternal bliss. The meditative practices through yoga help in achieving an emotional balance through detachment. What it means is that meditation creates conditions, where you are not affected by the external environment around you. This in turn creates a remarkable calmness and a positive outlook, which also has tremendous benefits on the body.

As you can see, yoga benefits every area of your life. Maintain a regular yoga practice and you will see for yourself how yoga can benefit you too.