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 a healthy and happy living. Yoga is an art of exercising with sequences of set exercises that help 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 an all-round building of personality by enhancing the positive attitude towards life. It helps in strengthening the body, relaxing the mind and flexibility of the 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 practised by sages and`saints. They have interpreted the benefits of yoga scientifically and have made it for everyone'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 the 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 the easy flow of blood in the bloodstreams and in stretching of the spinal muscles. The exercises help in the coordination of muscles.
Maintains skeletal system Yoga provides the body with 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 the body fit. Yoga postures help 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 the heart. It helps in toning the heart muscles by the improved blood supply to the myocardium and throughout the body. It helps in the 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 are 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 behavioural 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 improve the 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 a positive outlook. Pranayama exercises stimulate the brain, improves memory power and removes disturbances of the 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 breath control exercises help in strengthening the lungs and controls the movements of the diaphragm. It reduces the infections and disorders of respiratory diseases. The systematic rhythmic patterns of breathing help in improving the awareness by keeping the mind alert. The exercises help in cleaning the respiratory system increases the 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 a happy life by reducing 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, tranquillity 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 practising. There is no age or sex bar for yoga practices. Children can be taught yoga from a young age. With proper guidance and training from a qualified yoga trainer, the exercises and techniques of Yoga can be practised. The yoga session should not lead to fatigue, it should be done according to the person's ability.
Yoga has to be done on a plain and flat surface. 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? Practising yoga from a young age will help children to develop their overall personality. Yoga exercises help 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, build healthy and positive energy for their future. Yoga develops self-control and increases imagination power. Exercises like stretching and bending will help the children inflexibility of the body and aids in digestion. The inhale and exhale exercises will help them in free breathing and keeps the respiratory diseases away. It helps to bring awareness of oneself and thereby increasing concentration. Breathing exercises help in reducing the anxiety, worrying and stress. The exercises help in bodybuilding and in strengthening the skeletal system. It helps in improving the immune system and thus keeps infections away. The exercises make the children overcome stress and pave way for emotional endurance. The exercises train the mind in concentration and improve memory power.
Conclusion Practice yoga for a healthy and happy life. Yoga offers a 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.
Yoga is a lifestyle. It is not ordinary exercise like walking or jogging or running. Yoga has a philosophy of breath control while having different body postures changing from one position to other at a slow pace but covering the vital organs and exercising them in the process.
Yoga is not found by the scientists, it is in our mythology and traditions. The great scholars devised this to keep the body and mind in great coexistence and harmony. Those who practice yoga know how effective it is for not only our body but also for our mental health. It is a great thing that people all over the world are acknowledging this great art of ancient India and adopting it in their lifestyle.
Nicely explained by the author how yoga benefits us.
Apart from the benefits mentioned in the article, I find the best benefit we get is "peace of mind". Yoga helps to reduce stress as it controls anger, fear, frustration etc. Meditation which is also a part of Yoga helps to concentrate and make your mind to focus on the things. Once our stress level goes down we may be able to live our life peacefully and happily. In many cases, yoga helps in controlling blood sugar and ultimately makes you free from many other diseases which are related to blood sugar.
Many "kriyas" are beneficial and keep viruses away from our body. Jal neti is the one where we intake salty water from the nose which removes pollen and viruses and avoids mucus to develop and keeps viruses away. There are other aasans which are helpful for our other internal organs.
Nowadays not in India only even in the foreign also people have known the benefits of Yoga and doing it. Yoga is now so much popular and to give more awareness we celebrate international yoga day on 21st June.
Yoga has been very effective in not only toning our bodies but also in sharpening our mental faculties by meditating ways. It provides us with a habit of focussing ourselves far from the worldly affairs in a calm and quiet terrain. People all across the globe have started to understand the importance of this great Vedic art of India.
Yoga is the permanent solution of any type of pain. In today's time, people mainly use vehicles to reach even any nearby area. People are just stuck with vehicles. To get health benefits, we should try to walk at least 30 minutes on most days of the week. Practicing yoga regularly also helps one to improve breathing and also fight with sugar cravings. Yoga helps in lowering the stress level, leads people to be in a happy state of mind and thus become more relaxed.