Benefits of Praticing Yoga
Yoga is a physical, mental and spiritual practice or discipline which originated in India. It was started with a view to attain a state of permanent peace of mind. Modern conception is changed now. Yoga is practiced by different people and communities around the world. Now it is practiced as one of the most beneficial exercises.
There are hundreds of benefits to experience through practicing yoga. Modern yoga is based on five basic principles; these were created by Swami Sivananda. These principles include:
- Proper relaxation
- Proper exercise
- Proper breathing
- Proper diet
- Positive thinking / meditation.
Yoga has effects on your mind as well as on your body. It stimulates the inner and outer organs and helps to maintain normal physiological functions. It strengthens immunity and prevents the body from repeated infections and illness. It also increases blood supply.
10 important reasons to consider a yoga class
- It will increases your immunity:
Regular yoga practice boosts your immunity. A Norwegian study ( http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23613970 ) proved that regular yoga practice causes gene expression related to an increase in the body’s immunity. Combined with a daily supplement of odorless garlic and your immunity should be strong. Yoga also boosts immunity by simply increasing blood supply and maintaining a good health status.
- It removes sleep disturbances:
Yoga practice helps to relieve stress and anxiety and to nurture a sound sleep. It also teaches us to lead a routine driven life, which is helpful to establish a regular 6-8 hours sleep cycle in the brain.
- Increases Sexual Performance:
Some studies show that 10-12 weeks of yoga practice can improve sexual desire and performance, confidence, orgasm and satisfaction for both men and women. It increases blood flow into the genital area, which is important for erections and arousal. It strengthens the pelvic floor muscles. Sexual activities more depend upon sensory neural mechanism. So, the breathing and mind control developed by the yoga practice can also improve sexual performance.
- Stress relief:
A high level of stress hormone (cortisol) is common in blood of modern people because of their busy and complicated life. Yoga helps to regain balance and remove stress. Many yoga practitioners take a B-Vitamin to reduce stress as well during their yoga routine.
- Weight loss:
Yoga is not all lying down and heavy breathing. It started as a spiritual exercise having affects on mind and health. It will help you to reduce your weight. Donald Hensrud, M.D. tells about weight loss by some appropriate yoga techniques having more calorie burning steps.
( http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-living/weight-loss/expert-answers/yoga-for-weight-loss/faq-20057754 )
- Mental health:
Regular yoga practice has been proven to improve memory and concentration. Recent studies also show yoga may help in the prevention and treatment of Alzheimer’s. It helps us to control our mind and brings calm and peace in our sole by reducing stress.
- Healthy exercise for heart, kidney and other organs:
Yoga postures and breathing techniques increase blood circulation to inner organs and help to prevent from heart and brain diseases. It reduces the risk of heart attack and stroke. It also reduces high blood pressure. Yoga postures prevent the formation of stones in kidneys, urinary bladder and urethra.
- Different musculo-skeletal pain relief:
Regular yoga practice relieves back pain, body ache and different joint pain. It is an important treatment for fibromyalgia, a common problem for middle aged women.
Yoga plays an important role for maintaining healthy shinny skin. Shrinking of skins, pimples, wrinkles in face and looking aged are refreshed and skin begins to bloom. It is due to good blood supply and improved nutritional habits by yoga.
- Controls Asthma and COPD:
Breathing techniques and body postures of yoga help to control different respiratory diseases, such as Bronchial asthma and COPD. American college of chest physician published about beneficiary effect of yoga on COPD.
( http://www.chestnet.org/News/Press-Releases/2013/10/Yoga-Practice-Beneficial-to-Patients-With-COPD )
There are many good effects of yoga on our mind and health. Everyone should spend few minutes to practice yoga daily.