Why yoga?

 

The practice of yoga is designed to unite mind, body, and spirit, and is based on the yogic premise that the mind and body are one, and that by the correct practice of yoga it is possible for the body to reach a place of harmony and heal itself.

 

In recent years, yoga has increased in popularity because it provides so many health benefits. Yoga helps a person in becoming more aware of their body posture and the way they move. Yoga helps people become more relaxed and centered, less prone to stress, more energetic, happier, healthier and more peaceful.

 

A typical yoga class starts with breathing and mild stretching exercises to prepare the participants mentally as well as physically. Most yoga classes consist of performing a number of asanas (yoga poses) either individually or linked in flows (known as Vinyasa). At the end of each yoga class there is a short period of meditation or relaxation in shavasana (the corpse pose).

 

What can yoga do for you?

 

Firstly, it is extremely beneficial in the promotion of more flexibility, and is also excellent for circulation and development of muscle strength. However, yoga’s benefits extend beyond the physical, by promoting relaxation and calm. One of the basic benefits of yoga is that it helps to balance all areas of a person’s life by improving physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health.

Yoga has been shown to produce effects on three parts of the body: physiological, psychological, and biochemical. Some of the physiological benefits of yoga include:

 

  • reduction in pulse and respiratory rate,
  • decrease in blood pressure,
  • increased cardiovascular efficiency,
  • improvement in excretory functions,
  • improvement in hand/eye coordination,
  • normalization of weight, and
  • decrease in pain.
  • The psychological benefits of yoga are just as important and include:
  • mood and subjective well-being increases,
  • anxiety and depression decrease,
  • concentration improves,
  • learning improves,
  • social skills improve,
  • depth perception improves, and
  • self acceptance increases.
  • Finally, the biochemical improvements that yoga promotes include:
  • blood glucose decreases,
  • sodium decreases,
  • HDL cholesterol increases,
  • LDL and VLDL cholesterol decreases,
  • hemoglobin increases,
  • total serum proteins increase, and
  • the total white blood cell count decreases.

 

‘Each body is a world in itself’

‘Each body is a world in itself’
‘Each body is a world in itself’