The word “Yoga “is derived from the Sanskrit word “yuj”, which means to unite or integrate the spirit and physical body. Yoga is a group of physical, mental and spiritual practices which originated in India. From the history of yoga, we come to know that it developed around the fifth and sixth centuries BCE, and the earliest accounts of yoga practices are found in the Buddhist Nikayas. Yoga gurus from India later introduced yoga to the west, following the success of Swami Vivekananda in the late 19th and early 20th century. In the 1980s, yoga became popular as a system of physical exercise across the Western world. Today yoga is celebrated internationally in the form of INTERNATIONAL YOGA DAY. International yoga day is celebrated every year on 21 June from the year 2015.
Our busy schedules and hectic lifestyles often leave us stressed and tired. Yoga enhances our physical and mental capacity, and prepares the mind and body for long term health. The health benefits of yoga need no new emphasis; it is a centuries old practice of holistic self-healing that brings forth harmony between body and mind.
So here are some benefits of yoga on this International yoga day 2017.
Aiding Weight Loss
Practicing yoga daily can help you in reducing weight. yoga won’t likely burn as many calories as doing a high intensity interval workout, yoga has a way of normalizing body weight by restoring hormonal balance in the body. Not only it reduces weight but at the same time it gives your body a perfect shape.
Strength, Agility and Flexibility Are All Increased
While practicing yoga daily one can increase their strength, agility and flexibility at the same. If you are doing a particular exercise then it will increase your strength and all but in case of yoga you can increase different things at a single time.
Mental Health Is Greatly Enhanced
Yoga offers so many benefits in the psychological department it is difficult to name them. But one of the main problems which today’s generation goes through is depression. Depression is a mental illness that causes a constant feeling of sadness and lack of interest. It affects one’s thinking, behavior and feelings too. It is the accompanied by headache, chest pain, fatigue, irritation, restlessness, anxiety and insomnia and releases harmful free radicals that damage our immune system. Effective postures of yoga for stress include balasana, bhujangasana, anulom vilom, and shavasana. Yoga can be a great way to get rid of depression because it preoccupies our body and mind.
Diabetes is a disease which is very common now a day. Diabetes refers to a condition in which there is too much glucose in the blood, and it damages kidneys, nerves, teeth, eyes, feet and blood vessels which can lead to heart attack and stroke. Effective postures of yoga for diabetes include pranayam, setubandhasana, balasana, vajrasana, sarvangasana, halasana, dhanurasana, chakrasana, paschimotasana and ardha matsyendrasana which also improve blood circulation in the arms and legs where diabetic patients mainly complain of pains.
Blood Pressure Is Normalized
By practicing one can easily normalizes its blood pressure. Yoga has specific benefits for hyporeactors in blood pressure. For those suffering from hypertension, yoga has been shown to be even more effective than dietary changes for improving blood pressure.
Yoga Naturally Reduces Pain
Yoga is a pain reliefer to all the problems. By doing yoga daily one can recover with their pain naturally. It doesn’t matter if you suffer from fibromyalgia; arthritis, or migraine headaches, yoga has been proven to effectively reduce pain from all these ailments. And if you are one of the millions of people that suffer from back pain – yoga can make that pain practically disappear.
Improving Heart Health
Yoga asana help reduce blood pressure, reduce symptoms of heart failure, increase cardiac rehabilitation, lower cholesterol, blood sugar and stress hormones. The deep breathing yoga exercises help slow the breathing rate, which reduces blood pressure and soothes the nervous system that generates stress hormones.
You Can Do Yoga Anywhere
The main benefit of yoga is that you can do it anywhere. There is no need of specifications required in yoga. Moreover no machinery or stuff is required to practice yoga. It’s very comfortable and convenient to everyone to practice yoga.
Yoga is very convenient for everyone. There are no gym memberships required, and no expensive gear. You don’t have to be in shape to start, and it will continue to challenge you even if you are in shape. Yoga is timeless and can be done almost anywhere without a great const or inconvenience.
So start practicing yoga from today i.e. from International Yoga day 2017.