Benefit Of Yoga Part I

Benefit Of Yoga Part I



The practice of​ Yoga brings with it​ many physical and emotional benefits that the​ majority of​ people are unaware of. This article is​ quite long,​ so we​ have broken it​ up into two parts. the​ first part is​ an​ introduction to​ Yoga and a​ overview of​ the​ major physical and psychological benefits of​ Yoga,​ while the​ second part shows how practicing yoga daily can have a​ profound effect on​ your ability to​ create a​ healthy lifestyle for yourself.

Yoga is​ a​ science; and indeed,​ in​ many places in​ the​ world (such as​ India),​ it​ is​ referred to​ as​ a​ science. This is​ not merely playing with words; it​ truly is​ approached as​ a​ science,​ which means that it​ is​ understood in​ terms of​ scientific methods.

Yogic science seeks to​ verify cause and effect,​ and build principles based upon objective observations. Indeed,​ in​ many places in​ the​ world,​ to​ be a​ yogic master of​ any credibility,​ one must be highly educated in​ the​ sciences,​ including physics and the​ biological sciences.

This discussion on​ yoga as​ science is​ important for us to​ include because it​ allows us to​ sensibly ask the​ question: what are the​ benefits of​ yoga? After all,​ if​ yoga is​ a​ faith or​ a​ belief,​ then asking this question isn't fair; because it's one that yoga cannot answer in​ terms that we​ can objectively understand.

Yoga is​ a​ science; as​ empirical and pragmatic as​ kinesiology,​ or​ exercise science,​ which seeks to​ understand how the​ body acts and reacts to​ changes in​ the​ internal physical environment. And even more simply than any of​ this: each of​ us has a​ right to​ ask the​ basic question,​ "why should I bother practicing yoga and what experience or​ benefits can I expect?"

Indeed,​ while the​ experience of​ yoga cannot be reduced to​ words – just as​ reading a​ book on​ preparing for a​ marathon isn't going to​ actually physically prepare you to​ run a​ marathon – the​ goals and principles of​ yoga can easily be discussed.

Here's the​ Mayo Clinic's take on​ the​ benefits of​ meditation:

"Meditation is​ used by people who are perfectly healthy as​ a​ means of​ stress reduction. But if​ you have a​ medical condition that's worsened by stress,​ you might find the​ practice valuable in​ reducing the​ stress-related effects of​ allergies,​ asthma,​ chronic pain and arthritis,​ among others."

Yoga involves a​ series of​ postures,​ during which you pay special attention to​ your breathing — exhaling during certain movements and inhaling with others. You can approach yoga as​ a​ way to​ promote physical flexibility,​ strength and endurance or​ as​ a​ way to​ enhance your spirituality.

The Mind-Body Connection

Yoga is​ centered on​ the​ mind-body connection. This mind-body harmony is​ achieved through three things:

- postures (asanas)

- proper breathing (pranayama)

- meditation

Mind and body draw inspiration and guidance from the​ combined practices of​ asanas,​ breathing,​ and meditation. as​ people age (to yogis,​ ageing is​ an​ artificial condition),​ our bodies become susceptible to​ toxins and poisons (caused by environmental and poor dietary factors).

Yoga helps us through a​ cleaning process,​ turning our bodies into a​ well synchronized and well-oiled piece of​ machinery.

Physical Benefits

By harmonizing these three principles,​ the​ benefits of​ yoga are attained. And just what are these benefits?

- equilibrium in​ the​ body’s central nervous system

- decrease in​ pulse

- respiratory and blood pressure rates

- cardiovascular efficiency

- gastrointestinal system stabilization

- increased breath-holding time

- improved dexterity skills.

- Improved balance

- Improved depth perception

- Improved memory


Psychological Benefits

As noted above,​ Yoga also delivers an​ array of​ psychological benefits; and in​ fact,​ this is​ a​ very common reason why people begin practicing it​ in​ the​ first place. Perhaps the​ most frequently mentioned psychological benefit of​ yoga is​ an​ improved ability to​ manage stress. Yoga diminishes an​ individual’s levels of​ anxiety,​ depression,​ and lethargy; thus enabling him/her to​ focus on​ what’s spiritual and important: achieving balance and happiness.

In part II of​ the​ Benefit of​ Yoga we'll reveal how yoga can help deal with stress,​ unhealthy habits and pain management. the​ benefits of​ Yoga go far beyond meditation and stretching,​ it​ is​ a​ way to​ release those toxic emotions that tend to​ stand in​ the​ way of​ living a​ healthy life.




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