Yoga is a fad in recent times all across the globe. And the main the reason behind it is the multiple benefits of yoga.
Yoga: Art or Science
The word yoga is derived from the Sanskrit word “yuj” which means Union which explains its fundamental aim. Usually, yoga’s limit is restricted to techniques and postures. However, it does not consist of mere yoga techniques and postures. It is quite different than any other existing forms of a physical or spiritual thing.
It is because the Yoga is both; Art as well as Science. In yoga, one has a purpose to attain the union of the body; mind, spirit, and soul. The learning of yoga isn’t just theoretical, it is practical too. Therefore, it is also called prayogshastra which means practical science.
For instance, in gyming, one can bring its vigor but it can be tiring. On the other hand, yoga has the techniques that make you feel relaxed, calmer and rejuvenated at the same time.
How can Yoga Benefit Us?
Yoga is the only practice in the world which can train a human mind. Also, it can bring back the tranquility and serenity to the mind. All kinds of asanas and meditation make our mind and body healthy.
Furthermore, many pieces of research have shown that yoga helps in regulating anxiety, depression, headache and blood pressure. Besides, it aids in back pain, arthritis, diabetes, asthma, heart diseases and various kinds of other ailments and disease.
Some others are briefly mentioned below:
· As A Stress Buster
In most of the Western countries, yoga symbolizes calmness and peacefulness. Since it is the practice of unifying brain, body, and soul, yoga facilitates the release of toxins physically and mentally.
Moreover, regular practice brings peace to the practitioner. Also, meditation is a great stress buster. It soothes the brain and brings peace and stability within the heart, body, and mind.
· Prevents Muscle and Joint Problems
Perfect posture and balance of the body in Yoga go hand in hand. It makes your body flexible and strong. As we know, poor posture causes severe back pain, cervical pain or spondylitis et cetera. But yoga asanas like Tada Asana, Ustrasana, and Veerbhadrasana are really helpful in such situations.
· Helps in Weight Loss
Yoga gives all the benefits of a proper workout and exercise. Hence, there are many yoga asanas that help in substantial weight loss like Trikonasana, Adho Mukha Svanasana, Dhanurasana, and Sarvangasana.
· Helps in Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome Disease:
Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, also known as PCOS, is the common disease among the women these days. Therefore, yoga asanas like Dhanurasana (bow-pose) and Bhujangasana (cobra pose) help in activating and galvanizing organs and their functions. It significantly treats the PCOS condition.
· Long Term Cure for Asthma
Including Pranayama in yoga can be a long term cure for asthma. It allows breathing easier by reducing the stress on the heart and lungs. On the other hand, it helps to control breathing too.
Some of the breathing exercises or pranayama are Anuloma Viloma, Mrigi Mudra, Bhastrika Pranayama, Swara Yoga Pranayama, and Ujjayi Pranayama.
· Helpful in Insomnia
Since yoga can affect energy levels of body, it proves to be helpful in insomnia. Actually, asanas reduce anxiety causing hormones that help to balance stress and anxiety. Thus yoga asanas like Savasana and Uttana Shishosana help to have a sound sleep and treat insomnia.
· Managing Diabetes
Though diabetes is incurable, blood sugar levels can be managed by some asanas. Ardha Matsyendrasana (half spinal twist) is quite helpful in controlling sugar levels
Yoga like pranayama can be helpful in controlling high blood pressure. Since yoga is a stress buster and can calm the body, it brings the blood pressure down.
· Healthy Liver
Basic yoga poses like Setu Bandhasana (bridge pose) or Marjaryasana (cat pose) can be practiced to keep the liver healthy. These asanas increase blood circulation in the abdomen area.
· Prevention of Chronic Kidney Disease
Yoga can help to either reduce or prevent harm to the kidneys. To prevent the kidney from any chronic disease, one should practice Naukasana (Boat Pose), Bhujangasana (Cobra Pose), and Padanagusthasana (Big Toe Pose). Such asanas keep everything balanced and normal.
The above-mentioned benefits are not even a fraction of the benefits which yoga practice can provide human beings. Every mentioned disease cannot be cured by yoga. Though practicing it surely help to reduce, manage, help or balance the diseases or its cause.
Moreover if you wish to explore the world of yoga or want to deepen your practice then you can join a yoga teacher training. However, if you are a beginner in yoga then you can join a yoga studio or practice yoga at home.