The Benefits of Yoga

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Yoga is an old and ancient branch of science. It is composed of age old principles that correlate with the connection between a person’s mind and body. The benefits of practicing yoga are well documented by modern science. Yoga is a short word, or can be said to be a nick name for the old word “Yogasana”. It benefits not just the body, but the mind and spirit as well. People who practice it are called Yogis. To fully experience the benefits of yoga, one should have the firm belief that it will benefit him, as it is an exercise strongly connected to the human mind.

Yogis believe yoga brings health to the body and peace to the mind. So, people practice yoga to feel fit and relax their minds of stress, depression and tension. Yoga is concerned with movements, patterns, postures and alignment of the human body. Different yoga postures can be performed and practiced by people of all ages but it is recommended for beginners to practice Yoga under the supervision of experts.

Types of Yoga postures

There are many types of yoga postures. Some of the more well-known postures are discussed as follows:

  • Sukhasana or Lotus is a sitting pose of yoga and is easy to perform. It is used as a starting position of yoga exercises. It opens the hips, lower back and groin area.

  • Tadasana or Mountain pose is used to improve the balance of mind and posture of the body.

  • Virabhadrasana or Warrior is a yoga pose that can be performed after Tadasana or mountain pose. It helps to stretch legs and arms and provides strength to the bones, thus increasing the balance of the body.

  • Uttanasana is a yoga posture in which the body is extended upwards and then bent in the forward position to touch the toes. It helps in stretching the neck, legs and back bones, while also provide relaxation to the heart and mind.

  • Adho Mukha Svanasana or Downward Facing Dog is a yoga posture performed by putting and maintaining forehead on the floor in front of you. It stretches the spine and hamstrings.

  • Bhujangasana or The Cobra posture is performed by laying down flat on your stomach on the floor. It helps open the chest area and heart and stretches and strengthens the spine.

  • Janu Shirshasana is head to knee pose of yoga exercises. It is performed by sitting on the floor and trying to touch your foot with your hand. Improves flexibility in the arms, spine and hamstrings.

  • Trikonasana or the Triangle is a yoga pose in which the body is bent in the form of a triangle by separating the feet 3-4 feet and then touching one foot with one of your hands. It opens up the torso and increases the flexibility in back bone.

  • Ardha Sarvangasana or Half Shoulderstand is a yoga pose that is formed by lying down on your back with elbows and lower arms on the floor and rise you legs up in the air. It helps improve thyroid function as well as circulation. It also improves the strength of the abdominal muscles and organs, and stretches the upper back.

  • Sethu Bandhasa or the Bridge is that yoga posture in which the body is laying down on the floor with arms resting at its sides while the body is risen such that the head, neck and feet are on the floor but the middle part of the body including tail, tail bone and spine is raised in the shape of an arc. This pose helps in opening the chest and in increasing the flexibility and strength of the lower back bone and abdominal muscles.

  • Hatha Yoga is the most difficult and demanding type of yoga postures as it requires very hard exercises and practices, immensely involving every muscles of the body.

  • Pranayama is a yoga posture that involves breathing exercises.

  • Dog and Cat posture helps in increasing the strength and flexibility of spinal cord.

  • Savasana or the Corpse posture is performed at the end of yoga exercises session to relax the body and also provides a refreshing effect on the mind. This is consdered an easy pose to perform.

 

Benefits of practicing yoga

There are hundreds of benefits of yoga. Here are just some of them:

  • Fortifies the immune system and increases the body’s natural healing ability.

  • It helps in relaxing the mind and increases its steadiness and ability to concentrate and perception.

  • It increases the flexibility of the muscles and bones of the body.

  • It improves memory and learning.

  • It increases the cardiovascular ability of the heart.

  • It regulates and stabilizes the nervous system.

  • Lowers heart rate and blood pressure.

  • It increases awareness and helps activate somatic cells in the brain.

  • It helps in normalizing the gastrointestinal and endocrine glands’ functionality.

  • It increases energy level of the body so increasing the grip and equilibrium of the body.

  • It can help with weight control.

  • Yoga boosts the balancing efficiency of the body.

  • It relaxes the mind thus decreasing anxiety, tension, and depression.

  • Yoga helps to decrease the cholesterol level in blood.

  • It can help control diabetes.

  • It provides the tuning and toning of body muscles.

  • Is helpful in the treatment of asthma, chronic fatigue, arteriosclerosis, hepatitis and many more condtions.

  • The aging process can be slowed down by practicing yoga.

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