The Benefits of Yoga

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The benefits of Yoga.

The purpose of yoga is to create strength, awareness and harmony in both the mind and body. It is a discipline that originated in the Far East and is aimed at achieving a state of perfect spiritual insight and tranquility. It is practiced in the West most commonly as physical exercise. While there are more than 100 different types, or schools, of yoga, most sessions will typically include breathing exercises, meditation, and assuming postures (sometimes called asana or poses) that stretch and flex various muscle groups. The benefit of yoga practice is nothing new. It has been recognized for many years as the perfect discipline to help one achieve tranquility, better health, and longer life. 

Some key benefits of Yoga:
  • Increased Flexibility
  • Improved Respiration, Breathing and Vitality
  • Maintain a balanced metabolism
  • Protection from Injury
  • Weight reduction
The Benefits of Yoga

In general, one can divide Yoga practices roughly  into three major categories – First, Yoga Postures  also referred to as Asanas. Second, Yoga Breathing also referred to as Pranayama and lastly Meditation. These categories embrace physiological, psychological, and biochemical effects. In addition, clinicians have compared these results against the Western practices of jogging, aerobic exercise, and weight training, and have found comparable results. The most popular style of Yoga in the West today is Hatha Yoga. It is designed to focuses on the physical well-being of a person.

In addition to the physical benefits, one of the best benefits of Yoga undeniably stress management.  In this fast paced world we live in today, Stress is known to have devastating effects on the body and mind. According to physicians, Stress can reveal itself in many ways, including back or neck pain, sleeping problems, headaches, drug abuse, and an inability to concentrate. Yoga can be very effective in developing coping skills and reaching a more positive outlook on life. Furthermore Yoga’s incorporation of meditation and breathing helps improve a person’s mental well-being. Regular yoga practice creates mental clarity and calmness; increases body awareness; relieves chronic stress patterns; relaxes the mind; centers attention; and sharpens concentration. Body- and self-awareness are particularly beneficial, because they can help with early detection of physical problems and allow for early preventive action.

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