A large majority of people are blissfully oblivious of the numerous health and emotional benefits that can be obtained via regular yoga practise. We’ve decided to split this post into two sections because it’s pretty lengthy. An overview of yoga’s physical and psychological benefits is provided in the first section, while the second section demonstrates how regular yoga practise can have a significant impact on your ability to lead an active and healthy lifestyle for yourself.
Yoga is a science, and it is referred to as such in many countries across the world (including India). Scientific methods are used to understand and explain something, and not just for the sake of fiddling with words.
It is the goal of yogic science to establish principles based on objective observations, and to validate those concepts. To be a credible yoga master in many parts of the globe, one needs have a strong background in the sciences, particularly physics and biology.
Because of this discussion on yoga as a science, we can raise the question: What are yoga’s benefits? Assuming that yoga is a religion or a belief, this question is unfair because it cannot be answered objectively.
Like kinesiology (the science of exercise), yoga strives to better understand how the body responds to its internal physical environment through empirical and pragmatic means. But it doesn’t end there. We all have the right to ask, “Why should I practise yoga and what experience or benefit can I expect?”
Yoga’s goals and concepts can be easily stated, but the experience of yoga cannot be reduced to words. Just as reading a book on marathon training isn’t preparing you physically to run a marathon.
Consider these meditation advantages, according to Mayo Clinic experts:
“People in good health who want to reduce their stress levels turn to meditation. It’s possible that meditating can help alleviate the symptoms of medical conditions like allergies, asthma, chronic pain, and arthritis that are made worse by stress.”
In yoga, you focus on your breathing, exhaling and inhaling at specific points in the sequence of postures that you perform. Yoga can be used to improve your physical flexibility, strength, and endurance, or it can be used as a spiritual practise to improve your well-being.
Connecting the Mind and the Body
The mind-body connection is at the heart of yoga. In order to acquire this state of mind-body harmony, there are three steps:
- body positions (asanas)
- a healthy way of breathing (pranayama)
- contemplative practise
Asana, breathing, and meditation are all activities that benefit the mind and body as a whole. People’s bodies grow more vulnerable to toxins and poisons as they get older (according to yogis, ageing is a created condition) (caused by environmental and poor dietary factors).
Yoga aids in the purification of our bodies, transforming them into a well-oiled and synchronised machine.
Benefits to the Body
The benefits of yoga can be achieved by balancing these three concepts. What are the advantages of all of this?
- the central nervous system’s state of balance
a drop in the heart rate
- Rates of respiration and hypertension
efficiency of the cardiovascular system
stability of the digestive system
- lengthened period spent holding one’s breath
dexterity has been honed.
Enhancement in the ability to perceive depth
- Memory has been boosted.
Benefits to the Mind
In addition to the physical benefits already mentioned, many people begin their yoga practise for the mental ones as well. Stress management is one of the most commonly claimed psychological benefits of yoga. Anxiety, despair and lethargy are reduced through yoga, allowing the individual to focus on what is spiritual and important: creating a state of peace.
Here, we’ll look at how yoga can assist with stress management, bad habits, and pain management in part II of our series on the benefits of yoga. Practicing yoga not only improves one’s ability to meditate and stretch, but also allows one to let go of the negative emotions that often get in the way of leading a healthy lifestyle.