Introduction to Yoga Yoga is an ancient system of physical fitness to keep the body healthy. Yoga is a natural healing approach for keeping the body healthy and free from diseases with its therapeutic treatments.
Yoga is age old exercises which mainly involve excellent breathing procedures, relaxing techniques and physical positions. It is one of the best ways of exercising for healthy and happy living. Yoga is an art of exercising with sequences of set exercises that helps in stimulating the overall functions of all organs of the body. Yoga includes postures and meditation for the well being of a person - physically, mentally and physiologically. Yoga is a disciplined system of developing one's inherent power for body balance. It helps a person for all-round building of personality by enhancing the positive attitude towards life. It helps in strengthening the body, relaxing the mind and flexibility of skeletal system. Regular practice of Yoga uplifts the body and mind of a person and helps in training the mind and refines the consciousness. For thousands of years Yoga has been practiced by sages and`saints. They have interpreted the benefits of yoga scientifically and have made it for every one's reach. In recent times Yoga has spread globally and awakened its importance in one's life for health benefits and for a promoting peace. Medical science has recognized the role of yoga practice in prevention of diseases.
Builds muscles Yoga stretches the tight parts of the body and makes the body flexible. A flexible body reduces the chances of injuries and fractures. It helps in easy flow of blood in the blood streams and in stretching of the spinal muscles. The exercises helps in coordination of muscles.
Maintains skeletal system Yoga provides the body a sense of harmony and body balance. The yoga posture loosens the shoulder muscles and relieves the tension. Yoga helps in maintaining the physical structure of the body, body balance and keeps body fit. Yoga postures helps in distribution of synovial fluid which lubricates the joins and increases the flexibility of the body. It improves the coordination of muscles and bones, strengthens bones and prevents from falls.
Keeps heart healthy Yoga helps in prevention of cardiovascular diseases. It stimulates the working of the heart and reduces the chances of heart attacks, by controlling the endocrine activity, hypertension and coronary diseases. It strengthens the heart muscles and allows for proper functioning of heart. It helps in toning the heart muscles by improved blood supply to the myocardium and throughout the body. It helps in proper supply of oxygen to all parts of the heart, controls blood pressure and keeping the heart healthy.
Builds immunity Yoga builds a stronger immune system in the human body and helps in keeping away the illness and disorders. By doing exercises, it provides warmth to the body and keeps cold and flue away.
Helps in digestion Yoga helps in boosting the metabolism, as more calories of energy is burnt during the exercises and it helps in weight reduction. It provides relief from constipation and indigestion helps in proper elimination of wastes from the body.Yoga strengthens abdominal muscles and stimulates bowel movements.
Builds emotional balance Yoga helps in changing the psychological and emotional patterns for better behavioral patterns in an individual. It keeps away depression and reduces stress and relieves from anxiety. It improves the overall aspects of body health and well being. It helps to control anger, helps in increasing patience and listening capacity. it helps in keeping the body calm and composed.
Relaxes the nervous system Yoga activates the parasympathetic nerves during deep breathing exercises and stimulates the vagus nerve which helps in relaxation of the mind and body. The breathing exercises improves concentration of mind. A deep breath relaxes the mind and calms the body. Regular meditation practice develops internal awareness and in dispelling negative thoughts, cures depression and improves in positive outlook. Pranayama exercises stimulates the brain, improves memory power and removes disturbances of mind. Yoga done for long years helps the person to control the autonomic nervous system and enhances the parasympathetic activities.
Keeps respiratory system healthy The breathing exercises, inhale and exhale will help in reducing the stress, calms the mind and the body. The breathe control exercises helps in strengthening the lungs and controls the movements of diaphragm. It reduces the infections and disorders of respiratory diseases. The systematic rhythmic patterns of breathing helps in improving the awareness by keeping the mind alert. The exercises helps in cleaning the respiratory system, increases supply of oxygen to the lungs and increases thermo-regulation efficiency. It helps in reducing the diseases to respiratory diseases such as asthma and bronchitis.
Happy life Makes way for happy life by educing illness, tension, stress and worries. It makes the person to be relaxed, calm, composed and brings a happy feeling in the person. Yoga helps in building confidence, helps to focus and to think with clarity. It helps in providing proper sleep to feel refreshed. The yoga pose helps in decreasing of eyes burning, relieves back pain and tones up the voice. Yoga trains the entire body, brings in peace, health and harmony. Yoga brings in a sense of refreshment, tranquility and prosperity for life. Yoga awakens inner energy for spiritual enlightenment and stimulates physical, mental and spiritual balance.
How and who can do Yoga Yoga can be done by people of all ages. Suitable Yoga techniques can be chosen for practicing. There is no age or sex bar for yoga practices. Children can be taught yoga from an young age. With proper guidance and training from a qualified yoga trainer the exercises and techniques of Yoga can be practiced. The yoga session should not lead to fatigue, it should be done according to the persons ability.
Yoga has to be done on a plain and flat surfaces. Avoid doing on slanting surfaces and in places where insects or rodents are present. Persons with illness should take precautions and consult the yoga practitioner for advice. Yoga is most benefited if morning and evening time is considered for practices. Yoga should not be done with full stomach nor in empty stomach.
How children get benefited by Yoga? Practicing yoga from young age will help children to develop their overall personality. Yoga exercises helps in developing their physical and mental states. It helps in building physiological and emotional strength. Yoga trains the child to equip with strong thinking abilities, mental balance, builds healthy and positive energy for their future. Yoga develops self control and increases imagination power. The exercises like stretching and bending will help the children in flexibility of the body and aids in digestion. The inhale and exhale exercises will helps them in free breathing and keeps the respiratory diseases away. It helps in bring awareness of oneself and thereby increasing concentration. Breathing exercises helps in reducing the anxiety, worrying and stress. The exercises helps in body building and in strengthening the skeletal system. It helps in improving the immune system and thus keeps infections away. The exercises make the children to overcome stress and paves way for emotional endurance. The exercises trains the mind in concentration and improves memory power.
Conclusion Practice yoga for a healthy and happy life. Yoga offers peaceful and a long life. Yoga helps in facilitating strength, stability and stress-less life. Get guidance from a trained yoga expert for your health and yoga practices.
The author gave valid reasons to practice yoga so as to keep oneself hale and healthy and also be active. Though we have been stressing the need of Yoga in India, people don't take it seriously. And when they go out of the country and see the people there practicing yoga, then they get the thought that they should also follow and do yoga. June 21st is the International Yoga day and UN has made all arrangements to practice yoga for the welfare of all across the world. India is surely going to lead the Yoga training program and much awareness is going to be created this time.