Most people are attracted to Yoga as a way to keep their bodies fit and supple. Others come seeking relief or help for a specific ailment like tension or Backache. Whatever your reason is, Yoga can give you what you want, and more. Yoga is more popular than ever.
According to a 2017 National Health Interview Survey from the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health,
The percentage of adults doing yoga in the U.S. jumped from 9.5% in 2012 to 14.3% in 2017.
The Yoga Alliance reports that Americans spend $16 billion on yoga classes, clothing, equipment and accessories each year.
Why Are You Practicing Yoga?
Though the practice of Yoga is closely associated to ancient texts, beliefs, and values.
It also yields benefits useful for people’s practical daily lives.
Here are some reasons why more and more people are practicing Yoga.
1. Yoga relaxes the body and the mind.
Even in the midst of stressful environments, Yoga helps control breathing and clears the mind of cluttered thoughts.
Leaving only deep physical and mental refreshment.
2. Yoga can help normalize body weight.
For people who are either overweight or underweight.
Yoga Exercises can help achieve the desired weight.
The principles of balance and moderation in physical activity and diet under Yoga can also lead to a healthier lifestyle.
3. Yoga improves your resistance to disease.
The postures and movements in Yoga massage the internal organs.
Enhancing blood circulation and functionality, thus, lessening the risk of illness.
4. Yoga increases your energy level and productivity. For as quick as 20 minutes.
Yoga can replenish the mind and body with precious energy needed to respond to daily tasks and challenges.
5. Yoga leads to genuine inner contentment and self-actualization.
Meditation -one of the aspects of Yoga- focuses the mind, taking it away from the distractions of the highly-materialistic world and leading it to genuine happiness.
Yoga Is About Learning:
Yoga is a method of learning that aims to attain the unity of mind, body.
Spirit through these three main Yoga structures.
Exercise, Breathing, and Meditation.
The exercises of Yoga are designed to put pressure on the Glandular Systems of the body.
Thereby increasing its efficiency and total health.
The body is looked upon as the primary instrument that enables us to work and evolve in the world.
A Yoga student; therefore, treats it with great care and respect.
Breathing For Body And Mind:
The Breathing Techniques are based on the concept that breath is the source of life in the body.
Yoga students gently increase their breath control to improve the health and the function of both body and mind.
These two systems prepare the body and mind for Meditation, making it easier for students to achieve a quiet mind and be free from everyday stress.
Regular daily practice of all three parts of this structure of Yoga produce a clear, bright mind and a strong, capable body.
A Healthy Lifestyle:
Yoga can be put to good use for taking off excess pounds through the power of creating a state of mental and physical well-being.
The basic tenets of Yoga promotes a healthy lifestyle and when combined with a calorie reduction can help to speed up your weight loss.
It will increase your metabolism by increasing the calorie burning process.
All weight loss is based on using more calories than you take in.
It will also allow you to increase your ability to concentrate and focus.
Your thyroid regulates your metabolism and is responsible for the chemical processes that transform food into energy.
Yoga uses a series of twisting poses that will help to stimulate the work flow of the internal organs.
This will cause your metabolism to increase and burn more calories which will eventually cause you to have a lower body weight.
Another side effect is that it will help to improve your circulation and increase your energy level.
The various back bends combined with the forward bends will help to stimulate the metabolism.
The poses that affect the neck region can be helpful in stimulating the thyroid if the weight problem is caused by a hormonal imbalance.
Poses that will help the most for this include the camel, rabbit, plow, bridge and head stand.
Going quickly between the various poses can help to accelerate the weight loss.
Beware though that those seriously overweight may find some of these poses extremely difficult.
You should start slowly with the easier poses and add others as they become more confident in the easier ones.
You can use standing poses to increase muscle strengthening such as the warrior.
These will help to create higher endurance and increase your caloric usage.
Remember that a gradual approach is best with all Yoga practices.
The long term effects on your weight loss regime will become evident and even more so the inner peace and general well feeling that Yoga will promote within you.
A Sedentary Lifestyle:
Lifestyles are increasingly sedentary, peoples diet is becoming increasingly processed and fatty and food contains more and more calories, additives and preservatives.
Children prefer television over playing with their friends, which is perhaps a direct reflection on parents who prefer television over socializing or even making time for their children.
This only scratches the surface of the social move towards a sedentary and unhealthy society which is making more and more people fat.
Yoga is a discipline designed to make the body strong and flexible and enhance the overall health of the digestive system as well as the hormonal and circulatory systems.
It also assists us in controlling mental stress and achieving peace and clarity of mind.
The Mental Benefits
Yoga also has strong spiritual benefits which will see you becoming more content with yourself and more comfortable with who you are, all aspects which will lead to emotional stability.
This mental component is often neglected in a physical approach to weight loss.
It is critical and should not be overlooked.
So called “Comfort food” is a frequent problem for people who yo-yo diet(rapidly lose and gain weight) and the ability to be happy with your health and who you are reduces the need for this.
Yoga is based on deep and controlled breathing which is a method for enhancing our oxygen intake.
This allows oxygen to travel to the fat cells in our body and assist in their processing.
One has to ask given the benefits why more people don’t practice Yoga?
The Many Benefits Of Yoga:
Yoga considers all the aspects that contribute to obesity – not just the physical but also the mental and spiritual reasons behind them.
Regular Yoga is not only relaxing but it does bring the body back towards its ideal weight.
At the same time enhance strength, flexibility and stamina.
Yoga enthusiasts tend to end up slim, agile and efficient in everything they do and what’s more it is suitable for people of all ages.
Yoga can also be used to resist the temptation of snacking between meals.
Techniques learned from yoga can be used to suppress impulses such as that we think of as hunger between meals
If you eat proper meals you cannot be hungry between them – merely bored or restless.
Yoga is not just a method of losing weight,
It is actually a method which restores a natural balance to our body and moves us towards our natural state.
This has an interesting consequence with weight.
It we are overweight then yes, regular Yoga will cause us to lose weight.
However, if we are at our ideal weight we will not drop weight, and if we weigh too little we will gain weight until we are at our biologically natural size.
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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