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BENEFITS OF YOGA

 

The outer development of the body is as important as the intrinsic health of a human being. This was discovered thousand years ago by the yogis of India and now same has been discovered by the scientists. It provides all round benefits to the human being. Inorder to get the maximum benefit of yoga one has to combine the practices of meditation, yogasanas and pranayama.. Yoga acts both as a curative and preventive therapy. The very essence of yoga lies in attaining mental peace, improved concentration powers, a relaxed state of living and harmony in relationships . The benefits of yoga can be classified under three categories:

Physical Benefits of Yoga

Yoga therapy are successful because of the balance created in the nervous and endocrine systems which directly influences all the other systems and organs of the body. The physical benefits of yoga includes:

  • Excellent toning of the muscles
  • Body knowledge
  • Improved body flexibility and balance
  • Good lubrication of joints, ligaments and tendons
  • Enhanced immune system
  • Excretory functions improve
  • Increased energy levels
  • Helps in healing injured back muscles
  • Relaxation of muscular strains
  • Stable automatic nervous system equilibrium
  • Cardiovascular efficiency increases
  • Respiratory efficiency increases
  • Helps in the early recovery of injury
  • Enhanced overall muscular strength
  • Weight control
  • Hemoglobin increases
  • Sleep improves
  • Pain decreases
  • Steadiness improves
  • Glucose decreases
  • Sodium decreases
  • Improved abdominal strength
  • Integrated functioning of body parts increases
  • Improved abdominal strength
  • Gastrointestinal function normalizes
  • Endocrine function normalizes
  • Reduce insomnia
  • Thyroxin increases
  • Vitamin C increases
  • Total serum protein increase

The yoga practices have also been proved beneficial in the treatment of various chronic and life threatening diseases like-

  • Asthma
  • Arthritis
  • Blood pressure
  • Obesity
  • Diabetes
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Back pain
  • Weight reduction
  • Respiratory problems
  • Pain management

Mental Benefits:

Regular yoga practice creates mental clarity and calmness, increases body awareness, relieves chronic stress patterns, relaxes the mind, centers attention and sharpens concentration. Various other psychological benefits of yoga are:

  • Relief of stress resulting from the control of emotions
  • Self awareness
  • Prevention and relief from stress-related disorders
  • Hostility decreases
  • Learning efficiency improves
  • Concentration improves
  • Intellectual enhancement, leading to improved decision-making skills
  • Mood change and vitality
  • Self-acceptance and self-actualization increase
  • Learning efficiency improves
  • Social adjustment increases
  • Mental performance
  • Anxiety and Depression decrease
  • Memory improves
  • Attention improves
  • Depth perception improves

Spiritual Benefits:

The various spiritual benefits of yoga are:

  • Life with meaning, purpose, and direction
  • Knowing yourself in reality
  • Inner peace and tranquility
  • Helps in gaining knowledge about God
  • Realization of Atman and Brahman
  • Leads to the path of love and devotion towards God and other human beings
  • Contentment
  • Elimination of pride from one’s mind

Through the practice of yoga, we become aware of the relationship between our emotional, mental and physical levels. The very essence of yoga lies in attaining mental peace, improved concentration powers, a relaxed state of living and harmony in relationships. Yoga benefits all three main aspects of life, the spirit, mind, and body. Yoga can a long way in the management of stress related problems. Yoga deep breathing increases the oxygen intake to the body cells, including the fat cells. This causes increased oxidation or burning up of fat cells. The acid: alkaline ratio is crucial to good health. It should be 80 per cent alkaline, 20 per cent acid, the yoga exercise of deep breathing helps in making the body more alkaline. Some have a belief that yoga is not meant for pregnant women. But it is wrong it can go a long way in helping pregnant women to deal the situation with minimal discomforts. Yoga is the perfect way to keep the body flexible, increase energy levels, relive stress and prepare for birth.

The various benefits of yoga during Pregnancy are:

  • Keeps the body active
  • Morning sickness is reduced
  • Helps in dealing with constipation
  • Strengthens abdominal muscles
  • Controls extra weight gain
  • Keeps the blood pressure normal
  • Keeps the body posture in shape after pregnancy
  • Increases the blood circulation
  • Prevents leg cramps
  • Back pain is reduced to some extent

But pregnant women must keep one thing in mind that difficult yoga techniques should be avoided and during the last stages frequency of yoga exercises should be decreased. 

 

What is Yoga?
Yoga as Therapy
Yoga as Meditation
History of Yoga
Types of Yoga
Benefits of Yoga
Yoga For Beginners
Yoga Asanas (Positions and Postures)
Yoga for Stress
Yoga Accessories

 

 

       
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