Is Yoga more than stretching? One could come to this conclusion if they were to take their practice in to a spiritual experience as well as a physical one. The practicing of asanas as well as the breathing techniques is at the core of this ancient practice.
Yoga is considered by some to be an alternative for medicine. I have done posts on Indian medicines and philosophies and would have to say there is always alternatives to western medicine of course one has to be careful with health recommendations.
Yoga does have a lot of benefits not only to the physical but also to the mental state of a person. The mental state of a person will have a huge bearing on their health so it makes a lot of sense to do Yoga.
Where did It all begin?
Yoga is believed to have been in existence many thousands of years ago even before the ancient civilizations learned the writing system. It originated in India where its name was derived from the Sanskrit word yui which roughly translate to English as unite. Experts believe that the practice was named this way because it unites the body, the mind and the soul into one to create a holistic effect.
Over the years, more and more asana have been added to make a yoga a holistic experience for people who want to improve their overall health condition. Yoga even today is developing in to new ways due to westernized influences. Like most things in this world evolution is always happening.
The physical aspect
To begin with people start yoga because they want to become more flexible. Is this how It began for you let me know in the comments section. Love to know what motivated you to begin your yoga journey.
The practice involves different poses where muscles have to be stretched.
This is very useful for people who have arthritis and those who are in their old age.
As the body ages, the bones become more rigid and the muscles become weak. With yoga, even elderly people can move like they are 20 years younger.
Yoga poses are specially designed to improve the core strength of the body.
As people continually practice the positions, the muscles are becoming more and more toned.
After doing yoga for several weeks, you will realize that your stamina has improved and you will feel stronger.
With yoga’s focus on poses, posture will be dramatically improved.
A lot of medical conditions are brought about by poor posture which include spinal cord problems, chronic fatigue syndrome and back pain.
Good posture, on the other hand, will improve the circulation of blood in the body and will result to a healthier and more alert mind.
The mental aspect
The mental aspect of Yoga focuses on breathing more than perfecting the asana especially for the beginner. Controlled breathing will help to clear the mind and reduce stress.
With perfecting breath control you will be able to breath in to the area you are stretching thus allowing the muscles to relax. It does take some time to get this benefit but well worth it. It is a real eye-opener when you are able to achieve this part of the yoga asana. You become more in tune with mind and body.
With effective meditation techniques, you will be able to create more sound decisions and these will prevent them from acting out of whim. Practicing yoga asana will prove to be helpful in fighting depression and increasing concentration.
When a person is depressed, a lot of things fill the mind and this can lead to several accidents involving poor concentration. This can directly affect work and daily routines.
To practice yoga at home with YouTube videos is OK, it is still recommended for beginners to take basic lessons with a qualified teacher. Learning the proper way of breathing and the proper way of doing basic poses will be helpful to maximize the health benefits.
Everyone should have all the necessary items which include yoga mats, straps and comfortable yoga clothing. Knowing the basics will help beginners prepare for the sessions. Warm-up poses are done during the first few minutes followed by the poses in their respective order – standing, sitting, twists, supine and prone. Finishing poses are done at the last part of the session which aims to cool down the body.
The best pose at the end is savasana a deep relaxation to quieten the mind. Sounds easy it is not at first for the beginner and sometimes even the more experienced may have a wandering mind. Don’t let this stop you from continuing your yoga as it will still have a benefit to your mind over the journey.
Yoga is a benefit to anyone and everyone It can be underestimated it should be the case.
Without further ado may I recommend you start your yoga journey today and enjoy the health benefits.
You will not regret the decision you have made.
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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 program or making any changes to your diet.