Flexibility and Strength
Yoga can improve flexibility and mobility and increase range of motion. Over time, the ligaments, tendons and muscles lengthen, increasing elasticity. Yoga asanas use every muscle in the body, increasing strength literally from head to toe. A regular yoga practice can also relieve muscular tension throughout the whole body.
You only need to include yoga in your daily routine to benefit from a body that is strong, supple and flexible. Regular yoga practice stretches and tones the body muscles and also makes them strong. It also helps improve your body posture when you stand, sit, sleep or walk. This would, in turn, help relieve you of body pain due to incorrect posture or long workdays sitting or standing.
- Weight and Metabolism managementYoga encourages development of a positive self-image, which is important for long-term changes. As more attention is paid to nutrition and the body as a whole it will help you to make healthier eating choices and decrease mindless eating. Practicing yoga certainly qualifies as the exercise component of this strategy, as yoga is a terrific calorie-burning exercise that strengthens and tones every muscle of your body. Yoga wakes up deep muscles and activates more of the body with greater effectiveness than many other exercise modalities.
The physical changes from yoga are evident immediately; your muscles burn, you break a sweat, you feel loosened up and relaxed for hours afterwards. But it’s the mental transformation that really keeps the weight off. A mind tuned in to the body’s deeper thoughts and feelings about itself is a mind that is no longer willing to accept extra weight or excessmental baggage.
- Stress Relief and Improved breathingA few minutes of yoga during the day can be a great way to get rid of stress that accumulates daily – in both the body and mind. Yoga postures, pranayama and meditation are effective techniques to release stress and tension.
The practice of yoga is well-demonstrated to reduce the physical effects of stress on the body. The body responds to stress through a fight-or-flight response, which is a combination of the sympathetic nervous system and hormonal pathways activating and releasing cortisol – the stress hormone – from the adrenal glands. Cortisol is often used to measure the stress response. Yoga practice has been demonstrated to reduce the levels of cortisol. Most yoga classes end with savasana, a relaxation pose, which further reduces the experience of stress.
Yoga includes breathing practices known as pranayama, which can be effective for reducing our stress response, improving lung function and encouraging relaxation. Many pranayamas emphasize slowing down and deepening the breath, which activates the body’s parasympathetic system, or relaxation response. Just by changing our pattern of breathing, we can significantly affect our body’s experience and response to stress. This may be one of the most profound lessons we can learn from our yoga practice.
- Improved circulation and CardioOne of the strongest benefits of doing yoga is the overall improvement in circulation. The focus on proper breathing during practice increases the flow of oxygen-rich blood.
The practise of postures relax the sympathetic nervous system, increasing blood flow by relaxing the muscles surrounding sympathetic veins. An increase in the blood flow, in turn, improves performance because of the oxygen carried in the blood. Oxygen is not only important for muscles; it’s also vital for the brain to carry out all its functions. In addition, all of the internal organs improve when they are provided with an increased amount of oxygen. For this reason, improved circulation is an all-around health benefit of yoga.
Even a gentle yoga practice can provide cardiovascular benefits by lowering resting heart rate, increasing endurance and improving oxygen uptake during exercise.
- Healthy back and Pain ReliefYoga exercises are primarily concerned with the health of the spine. The spine contains the central nervous system, the body’s telegraphic system. As a direct extension of the brain, a healthy spine makes for a healthy body. If you maintain the spine’s flexibility and health through proper exercise, blood circulation is intensified, the nerves are supplied with nutrients and oxygen and the body holds on to its youthful condition. As the old Chinese proverb says, “Truly, a flexible back makes for a long life.”
Yoga can also ease any pain. Studies have shown that practicing yoga asanas, meditation or a combination of the two, reduced pain for people with conditions such as cancer, multiple sclerosis, auto-immune diseases and hypertension as well as arthritis and other chronic conditions.
- Better posture and balanceMany back, neck, and other muscle and joint problems can be caused or made much worse by poor posture. The head-forward position can lead to back pain, and contribute to such problems as headaches, arthritis, carpal tunnel syndrome and even fatique. The lungs also lack room to expand if your chest is hunched over, which means you can not bring as much oxygen into your body. Yoga poses, modified to meet the patients’ needs, can very effectively improve postural awareness, height and head position.
Better balance may not seem like a big deal until you consider that falls are a leading cause of hip fractures. Yoga helps you use your body in a more balanced way overall, left to right and front to back, which can help minimise the muscle imbalance that so often leads to bothersome symptoms and injuries.
- Improved sleepingYoga helps with insomnia and in promotes deep sleep. The breathing exercises help cleanse and nourish mind and body, through increased supply of oxygen. This vital element that is essential to every cell of the mind and body. During exhalation, toxins get expelled. As a result every nerve, sinew and finer of the body and mind are oxygenated and relaxed. Over time, and not too long either, relaxation induces good sleep and helps cure insomnia resulting from stress syndromes and other psychosomatic disorders.
- Increased Energy and VitalityYou can feel completely drained out by the end of the day by shuttling between multiple tasks through the day can sometimes be quite exhausting. A few minutes of yoga everyday provides the secret to feeling fresh and energetic even after a long day.
- Improved immunityOur system is a seamless blend of the body, mind and spirit. An irregularity in the body affects the mind and similarly unpleasantness or restlessness in the mind can manifest as an ailment in the body. Yoga poses massage organs and stregthen muscles; breathing techniques and meditation release stress and improve immunity.
- Weight and Metabolism management
Mental and Emotional benefits
Yoga is the practice of getting connected. However you choose to view your spirituality, when you practice yoga, you remember that we all are connected, here to help each other, and that we have so much potential when we are kind to others.
Awareness & presence
Yoga connects us with the present moment. The more we practice, the more aware we become of our surroundings and the world around us. It opens the way to improved concentration, coordination, reaction time and memory.
The mind is constantly involved in activity – swinging from the past to the future – but never staying in the present. By simply being aware of this tendency of the mind, we can actually save ourselves from getting stressed or worked up and thereby relax the mind. Yoga and pranayama (breathing exercice) help create that awareness and bring the mind back to the present moment, where it can stay happy and focused.
The meditative effects of a consistent yoga practice help many people cultivate inner peace and calm in their lives.Yoga is also one of the best ways to calm a disturbed mind.
We all love to visit peaceful, serene spots, rich in natural beauty. Little do we realize that peace can be found right within us and we can take a mini-vacation to experience this any time of the day! Benefit from a small holiday every day with yoga and meditation.
When there is tension in the body and mind, your intuition gets buried and your body switches to survival mode. Your yoga practice makes space in your body physically, releases tension, and calms your mind, making room for your intuition to float to the surface and guide you.
Yoga and meditation have the power to improve your intuitive ability so that you effortlessly realize what needs to be done, when and how, to yield positive results. It works. You only need to experience it yourself. Remember, yoga is a continuous process. The deeper you move into your yoga practice, the more profound are its benefits.
Yoga can even help improve your relationship with your spouse, parents, friends or loved ones . A mind that is relaxed, happy and contented is better able to deal with sensitive relationship matters. Yoga and meditation work on keeping the mind happy and peaceful; benefit from the strengthened special bond you share with people close to you.
Creative juices start to flow when your body and mind begin to release mental blocks. Creativity does not like to come out when there are stressors, whether from physical tension or mental cloudiness. When the stress melts away, creativity can come out to play.