Be holistically healthy by doing Yoga
Do you always feel stressed out? Do you experience physical pain which takes a toll on day-to-day functioning? Do you feel unnecessarily gloomy? If the answer to all these questions is ‘Yes,’ the solutions to all the problems also start with a word starting with ‘Y’ – ‘Yoga.’ This word essentially means union; a union of the mind, body and soul, which will harmonise your existence and make you feel connected to the cosmic conscience or the universal spirit. Okay, I get it. These terms may be a little heavy to take in and I will not delve deeper into what yoga is and how it helps in the development of self-consciousness. Instead, let me discuss the benefits we can get from this ancient Indian practice, which can help us in living a healthy and stress free life. Yoga basically involves ‘asanas’ (yoga poses), postures, breathing techniques, and meditation. Through proper combination of these various techniques, we can attain various health benefits. Read on to find more:
1 Stay stress free
We do not know a single person around us who is not under some kind of stress. And this heightened tension mode creates many problems for us. Yoga is very helpful in reducing the levels of stress all of us accumulate in our day-to-day activities. The postures, breathing techniques (pranayama), and meditation techniques collectively help us in releasing the toxicity created by tension in our mind and body.
2 Lose weight, gain glory
Most of us are struggling to lose weight and have tried almost everything under the sun to lose our extra pounds. Even if we do succeed, the moment we get back to our previous routine and leave the gym classes or our diet plans, we are back to square one. However, with yoga you may not encounter such a problem. Though losing weight by doing yoga postures and poses may take time, you can be sure that the needle of the weighing machine will not depress you for a long time.
3 Feel free and flexible
You may notice that the first day you start doing yoga, you may not be able to touch your toes and feel stiff, but as you continue doing the asanas, your flexibility will increase and for you, so will the wonderment of your body. You will feel extremely free and may want to touch the skies with this increased vigour. Our advice is to do whatever it is that you want to do with a flexible body and go get the skies.
4 Reduce the irritation of insomnia
A lot of factors rob away our sleep and then the entire routine gets disturbed. Irritation increases each night you are unable to get a sound sleep but when you practice yoga on a regular basis, you will feel that your sleeping patterns improve and so does the quality of your sleep. And a better sleep guarantees better mood.
5 Experience better breathing
Breathing is the basic life force which drives us all. The calm and composed breathing signals a positive vibe around us and an erratic and disturbed breathing cause a state of panic, so you see how our moods are dependent on how we breathe. Through breathing exercises such as pranayama, you can regulate your breathing patterns and you may feel a gush of freshness permeating through your body and mind when you take proper and deep breaths.
6 Attain improved immunity
Most of us are suffering from some or other kinds of physical ailments and this is one of the biggest problems of our times. But, if you do yoga, your vital organs will be massaged and relaxed, and they will function properly. This will in turn increase your immunity against various ailments. Some postures like the bow pose and the shoulder stand are excellent in making the white blood cells (the guardians of the body) stronger.
7 Intensified energy
Most of us feel completely drained out by the end of the day, and sometimes even in the middle of the day. With the great amount of tasks we have to do on a regular basis, it feels like we are just a machine, but even machines need to be recharged. Yoga can be a battery charger for you; by doing a few minutes of yoga, you will feel highly refreshed and totally ready to rock on.
8 Increase your inner peace and self-awareness
When we are being continuously bombarded with work pressures, emotional issues, media messages and what not, we get lost and never seem to be at peace with our inner selves. The yoga postures and pranayama will slowly and steadily help you in attaining the tranquillity you need to have a peaceful existence. A worked up mind keeps wandering between the past and the future, but with a calm state of mind, you will be aware of you present scenario and live life in the moment. Don’t we all just want to live happily at the present moment? Definitely, yes.
9 Become holistically healthy
Most of the aerobic exercises that you do make you healthy, no doubt about that, but none of these exercises can make you holistically healthy. You may get a fit and sculpted body, but the kind of calmness and tranquillity yoga provides to the mind and the soul is simply not possible with any other exercise. So basically with yoga, you get everything – a toned and fit body, mind and spirit.
10 Refine your relationships
Now see how logical it concludes here, when we have a balanced body, mind and soul; we are able to love ourselves and also the people around us. A better understanding leads to better relationships, and creates a relaxed and happy environment for you and for everyone around you.