• Shalu Bari

Importance of Yoga

Nowadays, when everybody’s life is full of stress, personal & professional pressure. People started focusing more on their health and mind peace.

There are many ways through which people can find their inner peace. But one of the methods which gaining a lot of attention not nationally but internationally as well is “Yoga”

‘Yoga is basically a group of physical, mental, and spiritual practices or disciplines which originated in ancient India’. Yoga has been in practice for several thousand years ago. With the purpose of strengthening the power of body, mind, and environment around us as a whole.

Not only in India but all over the world Yoga has gained lots of attention and they celebrate ‘International Yoga Day’ on 21st June all over the world.

Now there are many schools of Yoga that exist. As time becomes modern, yoga teachers start modifying the technique. Traditional practices of Yoga were more rigorous, but now things have changed.

Types of Yoga

- Vinyasa Yoga: Vinyasa yoga is an athletic yoga style. Vinyasa means “to place in a special way’.

- Hatha Yoga: Hatha yoga basically refers to all types of yoga. This term is an umbrella term for all physical postures in yoga

- Iyengar Yoga: Its main focus is on alignment. Doing a variety of postures while controlling the breath.

- Kundalini Yoga: This yoga helps to release the energy of your body which is trapped in the lower spine.

- Ashtanga Yoga: This yoga demands physical sequence in terms of postures, which is not for someone who is a beginner.

- Bikram Yoga: This is basically practicing hot yoga or in a sauna-like room. It includes a series of 26 postures

- Yin Yoga: It is a slow-paced style of yoga. More into meditation to find the inner peace

- Restorative Yoga: It focuses on more on relaxing down our mind or body relaxation.

- Prenatal yoga: Mostly adapted by pregnant ladies

- Anusara Yoga: It is the modern version of Hatha Yoga and similar to vinyasa in terms of postures but more focus on mind-body-heart connection.

- Jivamukti Yoga: This style is more connected to earth as a living being.

What happens to your body when you start doing Yoga?

Yoga leads to stretch each and every nerve, muscle & glands of your body. Yoga in the form of meditation relaxes down your mind and body. Doing this helps you to find inner peace.

Doing yoga is beneficial for those who are struggling with different types of health issues such as depression, diabetes, mental health disorders, asthma, weight gain issues. It has shown positive effects on those as well who have shown cancer symptoms.

So now, let’s find out what happens to your inside body when you do yoga?

During yoga practice, blood circulation of our body increases to your muscles which bring the oxygen and other nutrients to your active cell tissues. It helps to build muscles, repairing the damaged muscles, and lowering the blood sugar levels.

Breathing exercise stretched the lung's tissues which helps the tissues to become active and improves the lung's capacity so that the lungs can work more effectively.

Yoga has beneficial effects on levels of cholesterol levels also.

Importance of Yoga

There are many advantages & importance of yoga, mentioning a few of them :

- It helps to reduce weight and gain healthy weight

- Reduce the stress level

- Improves the blood circulation

- Strengthen the muscle

- Improves the balance of mind & body

- Lowers the blood sugar level in diabetics

- Relieves the muscles plain

- Makes the bones stronger

- Improves lungs capacity

- Makes body flexible

- Helps in self-realization

- Improves physical health

- Cure the problems of the mental disorder

- Develops our spiritual health

- Gives us a healthy lifestyle

- Fulfills our soul with positivity

- Provide the peace of mind

- Improves the brain capacity

- Lowers the risk of heart disease

Yoga for beginners

- Lie down on your stomach with your legs straight

- Firm up the muscles in your legs and have your feet hip-width apart and your toes pointing behind you.

- Push down through your pubic bone to avoid collapsing into the lower portion of the spine.

- Place your weight onto your forearms as you lift your chest away from the ground.

- Make sure that your neck is long as you look straight ahead.

- Hold for 5 breaths.

- Sit on the ground with your legs straight out in front of you. If you have tight hamstrings, bend your knees.

- Keep your feet flexed with your toes pointing toward the ceiling.

- Sit up tall, lengthening through your spine.

- Leading with your chest, keep your spine long as you fold forward.

- Place your hands in a comfortable position on your legs.

- Hold for 5 breaths.

- Stand with your feet together

- Lineup your heels behind your second and third toes

- Weight should be even on each foot from front to back and from side to side

- Put your arms alongside your body, turn biceps, and palm to face forward.

- Take a big inhale & exhale

- Take a big inhale and lift your rib cage evenly away from your pelvis; exhale and hug in the sides of your waist to create lumbar (low back) stability

- Stay here for a good 10 breaths—or make this your whole practice!

Yoga for Kids

Why limit the yoga, when we know it has a bag full of power elements. Introduce this to children also and help them to learn a healthy lifestyle. Sharing a few of the yoga styles can be easily done by children.

Yoga for Elders or Yoga for Senior Citizens

If somebody wants to be active & live a healthy lifestyle at the age of 60 also. Then yoga is a one-stop solution. There are few best yoga poses for elders & senior citizens.

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