Yoga is much more than glorified stretching.
The practice of yoga is believed to have started with the very beginning of civilization. Originated in India thousands of years ago, long before the first religions or belief systems were born, yoga has been shaped and mixed into different cultures, religions and backgrounds.
According to the Indian Ministry of External Affairs, as per Yogic scriptures, the practice of Yoga leads to the union of individual consciousness with that of the universal consciousness, indicating a perfect harmony between the mind and body; man & nature.
Yogas in Western culture are a practice that are meant mainly to connect the mind and body, and are based off of a spiritual core. Although most people think of stretching when they think of yoga, it can also provide many different other benefits for your mind, body and spirit.
It founds a healthy lifestyle
Yoga tends to create a healthy lifestyle because of the habits and self reflectiveness that comes with it. It can encourage self care including a wholesome perspective on things. Many people who start doing yoga also start eating healthier, get more active and relax in healthier ways. Yoga can also encourage feeling energetic about life. By increasing your heart rate and getting your body and mind connected each day, you may feel inclined to live each day in a more healthy way.
Obviously, yoga is a form of exercise. The level of intensity in yoga varies on a mass level, so it is perfect for athletic and non-athletic people alike. It’s great for people who have had bodily injuries, are older, or cannot do any strenuous workouts. Practicing can encourage weight loss, and can help be a beginning or end to a more intense workout. Here are some main, physical health benefits:
- Builds muscle
- Supports your connective tissue
- Eases back pain
- Helps lung function
- Boosts immune system
- Releases joint tension
- Helps you sleep
- Relaxes nervous system
- Improves balance
- Lowers blood sugar
- Regulates your adrenal glands
- Increases blood flow
Yoga is all connected, benefiting one portion of your body can help another. When you change your posture, you change your breathing. When you change your breathing, you change your nervous system. One of the main lessons in yoga is this: Everything is connected—your hip bone to your ankle bone, you to your community, your community to the world.
It promotes happiness.
Yoga can make you happier, as healthy habits make happy people. Yoga is actually shown to boost self esteem because it is an exercise meant to connect one with themselves . According to YogaJournal.com, if you take a positive approach when practicing yoga, you’ll sense, initially in brief glimpses and later in more sustained views, that you’re worthwhile. Someone who regularly practices yoga may notice that it helps develop friendliness, compassion, and a greater understanding for the world around them. Yoga also emphasizes avoiding harm to others, telling the truth and taking only what you need resulting in characteristics that may improve many relationships and feelings towards others, thus creating more happiness in every part of one’s life.