Yoga has been practiced for centuries in our country and has proven to be not only a way of exercise but a way of life. In the west, yoga is one of the most commonly performed fitness program. Unlike the exercises that we perform in a gym, yoga emphasis on the holistic improvement of mind, body and the soul. Here are some of the health benefits of yoga
Stress relief: A few minutes of yoga during the day can be a great way to get rid of stress that accumulates daily – in both the body and mind. Yoga postures, pranayama and meditation are effective techniques to release stress
Weight loss: Surya namaskar (Sun Salutations) and Kapal Bhati pranayama are some ways to help lose weight with yoga. Yoga encourages development of a positive self-image, as more attention is paid to nutrition and the body as a whole
Pain relief: studies have shown that practicing yoga reduces pain for people with conditions such as cancer, multiple sclerosis, auto-immune diseases and hypertension as well as arthritis, back and neck pain and other chronic conditions.
Improved breathing: Many pranayamas emphasize slowing down and deepening the breath, which activates the body’s parasympathetic system, or relaxation response.
Flexibility: Yoga can improve flexibility and mobility and increase range of motion. Over time, the ligaments, tendons and muscles lengthen, increasing elasticity.
Strong bones: Yoga includes many weight bearing poses, which can help strengthen your skeleton and prevent illnesses including osteoporosis.
Improved Muscle tone: Yoga poses incorporate arm balances that can involve lifting the whole body weight , thus strengthening and improving muscle tone.
Healthy heart: Even a gentle yoga practice can provide cardiovascular benefits by lowering resting heart rate, increasing endurance and improving oxygen uptake during exercise.
Improved immunity: Yoga poses massage organs and strengthen muscles; breathing techniques and meditation release stress and improve immunity.
Strong memory: Regular yoga classes have been proven to improve memory and concentration. Recent studies also claim yoga may help in the prevention and treatment of Alzheimer’s.
Increased energy: yoga increases the overall vigour and vitality and keeps the body charged up
Inner peace: The meditative effects of a consistent yoga practice help cultivate inner peace and calm.