Yoga, a word derived from Sanskrit word yuj, means “to add”, “to join”, “to unite”, or “to attach”. It is the association between the individual consciousness and the universal consciousness and essentially means that which brings you to the reality. Originated in India, yoga is almost a 5000-year-old body of knowledge which includes the classification of physical, mental and spiritual practices or discipline. Many of us think that Yoga is all about stretching, bending, twisting, turning, inhaling and exhaling practices in the most complicated manner. But there is more to it than meets the eye. It is certainly not only about exercise or asanas. It is about the spiritual awakening of the soul and finding a harmonious balance between mind, body and soul. In short, yoga is a “Way of Life” adopting which one can achieve a healthy physical, mental and spiritual well-being.
Here are few different kinds of yoga that you can try for a healthy lifestyle:
- ‘Karma Yoga’ or path of blissful action
- ‘Bhakti Yoga’, the path of devotional bliss
- ‘Gyan yoga’ or philosophy
Talking about the health benefits of Yoga, we have listed out some of the tremendous benefits you can gain by practicing yoga on a daily basis:
FLEXIBILITY: One of the obvious benefits of yoga is that it improves flexibility. If you stick to yoga and do it regularly, you will eventually start noticing flexibility in your body. The postures appearing to be impossible initially will slowly and steadily become possible. You will also feel pain and aches disappearing with the passage of time.
INNER PEACE: Need a vacation from daily stress and tension? Why not try yoga? Yes, yoga is indeed aids in keeping you relaxed and calm. Practicing yoga every day at any time during the day relaxes and soothes your mind, body and soul. It strengthens the muscles in the mind, releases tension and stress causing hormones and uplifts the mood. Thus, leaving you happy all-day long.
IMPROVED IMMUNITY: Any amount of inconsistency in the body influences the brain and also the anxiety in the mind can manifest an ailment in the body. Therefore, practising Yoga postures on a regular basis helps strengthen muscles, improve breathing methods, and meditation alongside discharges stress and enhances immunity. Various Ayurvedic Medicines & Ayurvedic home remedies also prove useful to improve immunity as recommended by Ayurveda.
STRONG MUSCLES: Strong muscles are better than good looks and most of you would agree to that! Strong muscles safeguard you from ailments like back pain and arthritis. Yoga also helps in improving flexibility so that you can twist, turn and stretch almost any part of the body.
FLAWLESS POSTURE: Yes! Ladies and gentlemen, Yoga helps you to perfect your posture. Bad posture causes back pain, neck and other muscle and joint issues. Practicing yoga will help balance your head correctly and keep your spine erect thus proving all the right kind of support your back and neck needs to stay in good condition in the long run.
INCREASED BLOOD FLOW: Yoga helps in the circulation of blood in your body especially in your hands and feet. Yoga also helps you get more oxygen to your cells. Twisting postures help wrench out the venous blood flow from the internal organs and provide oxygenated blood flow in the body. The handstand and the shoulder stand lets the venous blood flow from the pelvis and legs to the heart from where it is pumped to the lungs in order to be freshly oxygenated. Kidney issues and swelling in the legs can also be cured by practicing yoga. Besides this, doing yoga also aids in increasing hemoglobin and red blood cells in the body.
IMPROVED HEART RATE: Practicing yoga regularly reduces the risk of heart diseases like heart attack and calms your mind by relieving you from depression and other mental ailments. Yoga helps in improving and boosting the heart rate thus keeping it fit and healthy and keeping cardiovascular problems miles away.
BETTER CONCENTRATION: Regularly performing yoga helps in improving your focus, coordination, and memory. Yoga followed by meditation helps you to concentrate and focus on your present, thus, helping you to get less distracted by random thoughts and focus more on the things and matter at hand.
PROPER BALANCE OF BODY: Performing yoga on regular basis help improve and enhance your knowledge about your body, its need a and requirements and how best can you tackle problems and ailments that could be marring its health and fitness. It also helps in controlling external and internal factors from harming it and reducing its ability to stay fit.
HEALTHY LIFESTYLE: Move more, eat less, perform yoga daily and see how it helps you in both the aspects. A regular practice of yoga gets you moving and helps burn calories. It helps you in addressing weight and eating issues by keeping your metabolism active and healthy. It is the best lifestyle change you can introduce in your daily routine if you wish to control your eating habits.