Breath in, breath out…
Yoga originated in ancient India over 5000 years ago, it is a group of physical, mental and spiritual practises. Yoga does more than calm your mind and increase your flexibility.
Here are 8 powerful benefits of yoga:
- Better Breathing
Most of us do not pay much attention at the way we breathe, and we only take shallow breaths causing tension oi our bodies, inability to relax and panic attacks. If we emphasize on deepening our breathing through specific yoga techniques, we will feel our lung function will improve and will automatically become more relaxed and stress-free.
- Stress Relief
By combining exercises on how to clear your mind, relax your body and learn to control your breath, yoga is a great antidote to stress. It has been proven that practising yoga regularly will reduce your level of cortisol, the stress hormone, that your body produces when we are feeling anxious and worried.
Yoga will give you more flexibility all over your body when stretching and moving reversing the aging process.
- Build Strength
As we involve the entire body when practising yoga poses as well as relieving muscular tension yoga is a great way of functional strength training.
- Improving Circulation
Yoga improves circulation by using breathing techniques, increasing circulation through your organs, spine and glands. Good circulation promotes healthy skin, energy and cell growth.
Yoga helps us training the mind to stay calm, relaxed and happy by being present and being aware of the world around by re-establishing the balance between mind, body and spirit, rather then focusing on what was, the past or projecting what may be, the future.
- Inner Peace
We can develop inner peace and calm thanks to the meditative effects of consistent yoga practise.
- Promote Sleep Quality
Yoga has been shown to increase the secretion of melatonin, a hormone that regulates sleep and wakefulness.
Why do people do yoga?
At the beginning people will do yoga for physical exercise, stress management or improved health but their primary reason will change – to spirituality, a sense of fulfilling their potential and self-actualisation. There is so much more to yoga than physical postures and headstands – there is the practise of kindness and compassion and continued growth and awareness of yourself and others.
Yet the health benefits are very real. A recent review in The European Journal of Preventive Cardiology showed that yoga reduces the risk of heart disease.
In a society in which we constantly rush, trying to change our body, health or emotions or to plan the future, yoga gives us the chance of connecting to what we already have – to who we already are.
So why do people do yoga? To be present – not only on their mats but to themselves, to people, to the community by getting grounded and aligned to allow all our emotions to flow freely, just by accepting them…