10 Amazing Health Benefits Of Yoga Postures

​If you havn't heard of Yoga by now then you have probably been living under a rock or you have misheard the name and thought that it was a small green man living on the planet Dagobah.

Joking aside Yoga is now one of the most popular forms of exercise around and is normaly in peoples top five exercises in the west, along with running, walking, cycling and swimming.

So why is Yoga so popular? 

​We hope the article below from our guest, writer Manmohan Singh,  a Yoga teacher from India can shed some light on the matter.

​Lets get inspired!

​Yoga The Ancient Discipline​​​

Yoga is an ancient discipline that affects all aspect of one’s being, from bodily health to self-realization. Yoga Asana is one of the three core practices offering tangible physical, mental, and spiritual health benefits. 

In Yoga, asana or posture is the position in which an individual sits. And, in Patanjali Yoga Sutras, Yoga posture is defined as a seated position that is firm but relaxed.

​By holding the body in Yoga postures, the practitioners can cultivate heightened awareness, relaxation, concentration, and a better range of motion.

10 health benefits of yoga postures

Health Benefits Of Yoga​​​​

1) Increased Bone Density

​In the Yoga postures, the muscles of the body work against the force of gravity and many muscles exert against each other several times. This places stress on the bones and the bones react to it by strengthening. Also, the anti-gravity effect on the bones results in greater bone density.​​​​​​​​​

2) Relaxed Body

The Yoga postures of Child Pose (Balasana), Bound Angle Pose (Baddha Konasana) and Corpse Pose (Savasana) are restoring, calming, and grounding in nature. Resting in these poses with synchronized breath results in the release of chronic muscle tension and helps to  improve oxygen absorption that relaxes the body and significantly affects major parts of the system.

Enrolling in Yoga teacher training in India is your chance of learning the correct practice of restorative Yoga poses. 

3) Healthy Internal System

The practice of inverted Yoga poses like Headstand (Sirsasana), Wheel Pose (Chakrasana) and Shoulder Stand (Sarvangasana) directs the flow of blood and nutrients to the heart, brain, lungs, and lymphatic system. 

The increased blood flow stimulates the functioning of these organs. And, the activated lymph system detoxifies the body thus retaining its internal healing power.

4) Calm And Robust Brain

The backbend Yoga poses serve a dual purpose. The Bow Pose (Dhanurasana), Cobra Pose (Bhujangasana), Bridge Pose (Setu-Bandhasana) and more make the spine flexible helping you manifest a perfect posture and strengthen the central nervous system.

With nourished nerves, you can deal with negativity and stress in a better way. Learning the correct pose from a qualified Yoga teacher is essential and training in India is highly recommended for delving deeper into the practice of yoga poses.

10 health benefits of yoga postures

5) Opitmal Blood Pressure

Both high and low blood pressure can be threatening to the health of the body and mind. Yoga poses make for a natural remedy to regulate blood pressure and to alleviate exhaustion. The forward folds are the best way to treat blood pressure and body fatigue.

6) Mobile Lower Body

​Due to an inactive lifestyle, the lower body can become very neglected causing many problems. From stiffness to varicose veins and many chronic health conditions, the lower body undergoes pain and discomfort.

The standing Yoga poses give strength to the legs, opens the hips, and enhances blood circulation to the lower extremities thus keeping the legs mobile and healthy.​​​​

7) Treat Diseases

​The yoga poses are effective in treating a myriad of diseases, including carpal tunnel syndrome, arthritis, rotator cuff syndrome and so much more. The stretching and strengthening effects of the Yoga asanas help in the healing of these conditions in a natural way.

8) Leaner And Stronger Body

The Bikram yoga style, in which the postures are performed in heated room assist in removal of toxins and lubrication of muscles thus leading to waste loss. 

The practice of Yoga poses in which abdominal and oblique muscles are strongly engaged also facilitates ideal shedding of fat.

Moreover, the science of yoga brings inner awareness thus making you a conscious eater.

9) Spiritual Elevation

In the yoga poses, as you stay firm, you cultivate self-compassion and focus that leads you on the path of self-realization and inner connectedness. With this union comes spiritual elevation and joy.

10) Health And Wellness

By practising Yoga asanas, you can soar to health and wellness on all the three levels physical, mental, and spiritual, to greater heights. The key is to stay committed to the practice.

10 health benefits of yoga postures

​Author Bio- Manmohan Singh is a passionate Yogi, Yoga Teacher and a Traveler in India. He is currently working with rishikulyogshsla.org

The Yoga Alliance affiliated school organizes a number of Yoga events such as Yoga teacher training India, Yoga workshops, Retreats, Pranayama training and more.

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Neal has had long running relationship with Daoism and its health related practices including Chi Gung, Meditation and a interest in its methods of using herbs and food to generate health. He hopes his passion will rub off on you in a positive way.

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