Yoga and its Benefits
Yoga and its Benefits
Yoga comes from the Sanskrit word Yuj, which means to unite, yoke or join. It is an ancient spiritual practice which is based on harmonizing system of the body, mind, and spirit, It connects all three facets together. Yoga also enhances physiological, psychological and biochemical benefits in the body. These benefits occur as one learns to draw inwards to the personal and inner space. Moreover, it leads to the self realisation and peace with what actually is rather than what is not, creating harmony in the body, mind and soul. Research indicates that the health benefits of yoga vary from diminished back pain to reducing stress and anxiety, to improved flexibility, and in more strenuous yoga - increased cardiovascular capacity, and much more.
The regular practice of yoga will promote a sense of peace and well-being. Yoga practice include: pranayama (breathing exercises), yoga postures (asana), meditation, mantra (chanting), mudra (hand gesture) and more. Yoga is for all persons, inconsiderate of your age and physical limitation, yoga is adapted to each individual needs.
The classical yoga has its roots and cultural heritage from ancient India. Yoga is the science which affects both the conscious self as well as the sub conscious. Yoga is also a mental discipline that removes ignorance and promotes truth and reality. It is made for all, not withstanding the sex, health, beliefs, and age of the person practicing it. There are numerous types of yoga which may vary from one school of thought to another or from one teacher to another. However, generally speaking, they all aim in achieving Samadhi or the union of the individual consciousness or soul (Jiva atman) and the Paramatman (the universal consciousness), the absolute liberation or Moksha.
The benefits of Yoga
Physiological benefits of yoga include:
Decreasing pulse rate, blood pressure and respiratory rate.
Increasing cardiovascular efficiency and respiratory efficiency.
It stabilize automatic nervous system.
Increases mobility in the joints.
Improves postures, and reaction time.
Increases the strength, energy level and endurances.
Improves balance and steadiness.
Improves sleep as it helps to calms the mind.
Psychological benefits of yoga include:
Increases the self awareness and promotes self acceptance.
Decreasing anxiety and depression.
Improves memory and concentration.
Improves the mood swings.
Healing effects of yoga:
If yoga is used correctly, according to individual needs, it can mend or help several health problems and imbalances in the body such as Acidity, Cold, Constipation, Diabetes, Asthma, Bronchitis, Insomnia, Heart Disease, Headache, Indigestion, Migraine, Obesity, Arthritis, Rheumatism, Osteoporosis and Depression. Several studies have shown that people who practice yoga can experience other benefits such as reduced anxiety and help with coping with stress, increased efficiency of heart functions, as well as better respiratory functions.
“Where is the delusion when the truth is known? Where is the disease when the mind is clear? Where is the death when the Breath is controlled? Therefore surrender to Yoga.”