“Yoga is the journey
of the self,
through the self,
to the self.”
– THE BHAGVAD GITA
I was just going through the Health care category on RewardMe where I found many helpful articles related to to maintaining a good health and inspiring from that I am writing one article about the promising benefits of Yoga. Yoga as defined in a dictionary says that it is a Hindu spiritual and ascetic discipline, a part of which, including breath control, simple meditation, and the adoption of specific bodily postures, is widely practiced for health and relaxation.
Here are a few promising benefits of Yoga:
Yoga does this by flushing the body of toxins, particularly if you do any form of hot yoga (i.e., Bikram), which fuels an mock “fever” within the body and toughens immune system defense. The activities of inhaling and exhaling do flush out the bad toxins out from our body and do bring some positive energies inside our body.
Regardless of if you aspire to Don Draper success in the workplace or Wayne Gretzky success in sport, a little yoga will do the mind a lot of good. A research study out of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign tested that theory when they studied 30 participants on their working memory and inhibitory control (or the ability to focus and retain new information). Researchers found that those subjects who enjoyed regular 20-minute yoga sessions made confident work decisions, had better energy, enjoyed improved work relationships, and had better focus and memory retention compared subjects who jogged or walked for 20 minutes.
I bet you didn’t know that yoga is more effective than ant-acids when it comes to calming digestive woes? Yogis point to specific twisting postures, which massage the internal organs and encourage food digestion, consequently soothing tummy and bowel troubles and resulting in more effective nutrition absorption and increased energy.
Regular yoga is linked to lower levels of stress and anxiety. For instance, yoga activates the parasympathetic nervous system, a counterweight to the fight-or-flight response of stress, ultimately reducing levels of cortisol, a primary stress hormone, which can harm thyroid function, damage muscle tissue, increase blood pressure, cause inflammation, and more if cortisol is too high.
Boosts Brain Function
It’s a well-known fact that regular physical activity can result in better brain function, 20 minutes of yoga per day can promote increased brain waves and better mental clarity compared to almost any other form of exercise—including running.
The key: connected body and breath movement.
Yoga Challenges Your Entire Body
Are you a slave to weight machines at the gym? if you do yoga regularly you are already doing your share of resistance training.When we do yoga poses, we’re putting our body in positions that you ultimately call on support from the vast majority of our muscles. So you are using your own body weight as resistance! Considering that sports like hockey or tennis only demand resistance from approximately 15-percent of our muscles—yoga offers a whole body workout employing full support from the cardiovascular, skeletal, muscular, and endocrine systems.
This article only included a few relevant benefits, but the truth is that yoga benefits everyone of us in thousands of ways out of which a many are still not discovered till today.