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.
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
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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.
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.
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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