What are the other things that yoga can help you with that may not be so well-known.
One thing that is taught in yoga is how concentration can assist in relaxation by preventing your mind from wandering to subjects and matters that have been affecting you throughout the day.
By concentrating on focusing your thoughts and actions on your breathing you can dispel these outside influences that are constantly there and cause an increase in your levels of stress.
Many people don’t understand how concentration can bring about a state of total relaxation.
It is not forced concentration it is relaxed concentration where thoughts are brought back all the time to a clear mind where worries and concerns are cast aside giving your mind time to relax and recuperate.
Practice Makes Perfect:
With practice less and less concentration is required to bring about this relaxed state and the mind becomes more and more relaxed in those times when you are not performing yoga and that is the state that it should naturally be in.
The various different yoga techniques and teachers apply their methods to assist and help you to concentrate and release those things that are destroying your mind.
A Negative Effect:
And as everybody knows anything that affects your mind also affects your physical well-being so to constantly have stress and concern on your mind you can only expect that this will also have a negative effect on your physical well-being.
What you believe is what you will receive and having a stressed mind will have a detrimental effect on your overall health.
Initially many people find it very difficult to maintain the required level of concentration for any length of time as the mind keeps wandering to those thoughts that are there on a regular basis.
As with anything else practice makes the process a lot easier and the more you do the yoga the quicker you will find that you are able to get into a relaxed state of mind.
Eventually it becomes so easy that you don’t even feel as though you need to concentrate to get to that state.
That is the natural state of mind you should be aiming for.
One of the many benefits of yoga is the fact that it helps to improve your circulation and due to that there are many other aspects of your body health that will improve.
With improved circulation it can help to ward off illness and also help in the recovery of sickness and the repair of injury.
Improve Your Circulation:
The state of your circulation system has a very important role to play in your overall state of health as it affects all areas of the body.
Anything that you can do to improve your circulation will have beneficial results on all areas of your body.
The exercises performed in yoga are particularly good at improving your circulation and most people will find that their levels of energy will increase quite considerably if they do yoga on a regular basis.
Yoga also helps to release toxins that are in your system and this is another process that will be helped by improved circulation.
When these toxins are released and eliminated from your system they can affect so many other areas of your health from your ability to lose weight to improvements in your lung function and heart function.
It Can Even Help To Lower Your Cholesterol.
You can spend a considerable amount of money buying supplements and other vitamins, minerals and herbal products to assist with the circulation.
An hour or so of yoga a couple of times a week will give you a lot more benefit than many of these and other expensive health store products combined.
It is certainly well worth considering even if you do have excess money to spend on such supplements as this is a natural way to improve your health.
It’s a long-term answer to ensure that your health will remain better for many years to come.
Many people are of the mistaken belief that incontinence is something that is inevitable with aging.
The true fact of the matter is that incontinence is the result of a weakening of certain muscles.
These muscles become weakened due to misuse and they can be strengthened by using various different exercises thereby reducing the problem of incontinence.
Yoga For Strength:
Yoga is particularly good at strengthening muscles throughout the body and in doing so it is a very effective way of reducing and eliminating incontinence for many people.
The yoga exercises that help with this problem are those that focus on the strengthening of the pelvic and abdominal muscles.
These exercises need to be done on a regular basis to ensure that you maintain good strength in those areas and thereby avoid becoming incontinent.
These exercises combined with good breathing techniques can have a rapid and dramatic effect on those who are suffering from incontinence whereby they regain their strength very quickly and gain back some of the freedom in their life that they have lost to this problem.
Even people who are confined to bed can use these muscle strengthening techniques on a regular basis, preferably a couple of times a day, until they have eliminated the problem.
The best exercise for this is in fact one that is done while lying on your back.
Follow These Steps:
- Lie flat on your back with your legs bent and your feet flat on the floor.
- Your arms should be stretched out by your side as you begin breathing in and out several times.
- Next you will breathe out completely and then take a deep breath in through your nose and hold that breath for the count of three.
- Finally breathe out completely as hard as you can and eliminating all the air and tightening your stomach muscles as you do so.
- With all the air expelled, suck in your stomach, pelvis and buttock muscles as hard as you can and once again hold for the count of three.
- Release your muscles and repeat the exercise several times before having a rest.
This will help you to have more control and reduce the chance of becoming incontinent.
High Blood Pressure:
Yoga has proven to be an effective method of controlling high blood pressure when specific exercises are used.
Contrary to what many people with high blood pressure are led to believe the inverted yoga positions can have a very positive effect your high blood pressure.
Consult Your Doctor:
Now before going any further you should be warned that if you do have high blood pressure you will need to consult with your doctor to ensure that you are not doing anything that will endanger your health as all people are affected differently depending on their state of health.
Having said that I can explain a little further about the inverted yoga positions and how they can affect your blood pressure and bring about necessary improvements.
When your body is in an inverted position you can reverse the effect that gravity has on your body as your legs and abdomen are in a position higher than your heart.
This assists in the blood flowing more easily through the veins to the heart and thereby reducing the blood pressure at the feet and lower parts of the body giving them the opportunity to rest.
This drainage of the blood and the waste from the lower part of the body can also help reduce the incidence of other problems such as swollen ankles and varicose veins.
Improves Blood Flow:
The change in the effect that gravity has on the circulation of the blood through your body helps to cleanse your body and in doing so improves the health and condition of your veins and your circulation system.
This improves circulation and the removal of toxins from your system has shown to help many people reduce the blood pressure to more acceptable levels without the need to medication.
Performing this poses on a regular basis will continue to improve your circulation and for some people this has resulted in the elimination of the need to take medication at all.
For many people high blood pressure is also a result of other factors in their lives such as anxiety and this can be reduced somewhat by doing yoga exercises regularly.
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Disclaimer: Tips and suggestions mentioned in the article are for general information purpose only and should not be construed as professional medical advice. Always consult your doctor or a dietitian before starting any fitness programme or making any changes to your diet.