The literal meaning of yoga as described by our ancestors is, ‘the union of Aatma‘ (Soul) with ‘Parmatma’ (God) through ‘Dhyan’ (Meditation) and ‘Samadhi’ (Superconscious state). At present, yoga is highly known to benefit an individual both physically and mentally and helps in achieving a healthy lifestyle.
There are 8 aspects of yoga~
1) YAM (Rules)
2) NIYAM (Regulations))
3) ASANAS (Postures)
4) PRANAYAMA (Control or extension of vital energy)
5) PRATYAHAR (Withdrawal of senses)
6) DHARANA (Concentration)
7) DHYAN (Meditation)
8) SAMADHI (Super-consciousness)
^Benefits of Yoga~
Yoga Decreases Stress
Several studies have indicated the potential benefit of yoga in relieving stress. Yoga reduces stress by relaxing the body, which is the natural opposite of stress. It benefits our body, mind and breathing all of which are affected by stress.
Yoga is a natural way of coping up with the feeling of anxiety. By practising yoga, the body and the mind gain a sense of calm and ease thus it leads to a decrease in anxiety-induced worry and fear.
Helps in Improving Heart Health
Yoga helps in pumping blood throughout the body to different tissues along with various nutrients. By improving blood circulation and reducing blood flow, yoga ultimately helps in improving heart health.
It decreases blood pressure, cholesterol, and blood glucose levels, along with the heart rate and ultimately adds up to a lower risk of heart diseases, stroke and hypertension.
Paschimottanasana (Seated forward bend pose)
Gomukhasana(Cow face Pose)
Reduce Chronic Pain
Chronic pain is a quite common problem that affects millions of people post any injury or arthritis. Yoga can also help in chronic pain due to fibromyalgia, migraine and low back pain.
Yoga helps in releasing muscle tension, improving flexibility, building strength, and bolstering joints and bones. Thus, yoga can bring the body into balance, thereby alleviating pain.
Badhakonasana (Butterfly Pose)
Setu Bandha Sarvangasana(Bridge Pose)
Helps in Overcoming Obesity
A simple yoga routine can essentially help in burning fat and losing calories along with a balanced diet.
Yoga affects the whole body including the organs, endocrine glands, brain, mind and other body-related factors.
Yoga decreases stress thus it also decreases stress eating along with increased mobility, toned muscles and enhanced strength.
Chaturangadandasana (Plank Pose)
Trikonasana (Triangle Pose)
Aids in Better Sleep
Practising yoga right before sleeping is a terrific way to release all the stress and tension you’re holding on physically and mentally.
Including a relaxing yoga routine in your bedtime routine helps in improving the quality and duration of your sleep, especially beneficial for people with insomnia.
Salabhasana (Locust Pose)
Siddhasana (Adept’s Pose)
Yoga exercises help in strengthening chest muscles and also helps in expanding the lungs and giving them more space to breathe.
With yogic breathing exercises, one can significantly increase the intake and oxygen capacity of the lungs.
Evidence also suggested that practising yoga also produces a positive impact on the cardiorespiratory system.
Matsyasana (Fish Pose)
Sukhasana (Cross-legged Sitting Pose)