The Wonders of Yoga

The Wonders of Yoga

Yoga, in itself, is a term widely used in the Indian culture. It is comprised of a combination of a spiritual, mental and physical discipline that aims to promote a more physical well-being from the inside.

Traditional Indian Yoga, in particular, is in reality more than just physical exercise. It has a very spiritual and meditative core.

It helps to promote well-being from a person’s innermost self, and helps him to gain control at how he reacts to outside stimuli and, therefore, attain and inner peace and fight off anxiety and depression.

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A Short History of Yoga

Yoga has been speculated to have traced its origins back to the pre-Vedic Indian ethnicity and has most likely been further developed around the 5th or 6th century BCE. However, the chronological order of the earliest texts pertaining to it is vague.

By the late 19th and early 20th century, Indian Yoga gurus have successfully introduced yoga to the western hemisphere.

But what are far more visible effects of yoga? Today we list some of them:

DETOXIFICATION. Yoga promotes a gentle stretching of a person’s joints and muscles. This stretching then begins a comprehensive overall workout of a person’s internal organs, which in turn, greatly increases blood flow and improves oxygen supply to the whole body. Not only are you developing your flexibility, you are also slowing down the ageing process and promote vitality from within.

ASTHMA AND BRONCHITIS. Cohesive to its teachings of improving blood flow by breathing, yoga can also help to remedy asthma attacks and bronchitis. Poses such as the wind-reliving posture and half-spinal twist have been proven to be helpful remedies for people with asthma and bronchitis.

MANAGEMENT OF CHRONIC CONDITIONS. Certain health conditions like a pain in the joints, anxiety or even depression can be easier managed by yoga.

INCREASED AND IMPROVED FLEXIBILITY. This is one of the first and most obvious amongst the many benefits of yoga. Gentle muscle stimulations by holding various poses for a few minutes will actually help to improve blood flow and consequently aid to lessening short bouts of pain during movement.

GIVES YOUR LUNGS MORE ROOM TO BREATHE. Many yoga practitioners in fact, tend to take fewer breaths with greater volumes. This method is actually both more efficient and brings a feeling of calm.

Because yoga promotes breathing through the nose, the air you take in is filtered, warmed and humidified before you take it into your lungs.

WEIGHT LOSS. Certain poses like Kapal Bhati pranayama and Sun Salutations actually helps to aid in your weight loss. Moreover, practicing yoga regularly will help you to become more in tune with your body, and become more sensitive to the kind of foods we need.

Personally, yoga has helped me to become more in touch with my body, helps me to sleep better, and has even helped to deal with the stress at work and at home. And I’m pretty sure you will find there are more benefits too. So go ahead, try yoga today!


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