In the twentieth century, we are living 24 x 7 busy life. We want to look active and energetic all the time but so engaged with our day to day hectic schedule that we can’t make it possible. Yoga can help us to do so. By devoting just 20 -30 minutes to our body we can get fruitful results not for today but also in near future.
The ancient Indian tradition of yoga is a discipline of joining body and mind in various disciplines of meditation. Yoga is a Sanskrit word, deriving from a verb meaning “to yoke” or “to join.” It is both physical and spiritual discipline to which one freely “yokes” oneself; at the same time, it is a regimen which “joins” body and mind in the project of spiritual transformation. Yoga presupposes the “mind-body” link that has now become a widely shared “holistic” view of the person.
Yoga’s focus on strength training and flexibility is an incredible benefit to our body. The postures are meant to strengthen our body from the inside-out, so one don’t just look good, but feel good too. Each of the yoga poses is built to reinforce the muscles around the spine, the very center of our body, which is the core from which everything else operates. When the core is working properly, posture is improved, thus alleviating back, shoulder and neck pain.
The digestive system gets back on track when the stretching in yoga is coupled with a healthy, organic diet, which can relieve constipation, irritable bowl syndrome (IBS) and acid reflux. Another one of the benefits of yoga is that stretching and holding of postures also causes muscles to lengthen, which gives the body a longer, leaner look.
Yoga improves the circulation of all fluids in the body. A series of poses can get the circulation of the blood to increase and increases the heart rate during yoga and with continued practice, may lower the resting heart rate. Twisting poses wring out venous blood from the major internal organs and allow more oxygenated blood to flow in. Inversions are also very important for the venous return and can help reduce inflammation in legs due to heart or kidney problems. Any muscular movement improves lymphatic flows in the body as well. The lymphatic system is very important aspect to the immune system because it helps dispose of toxic waste products, increases function of the white blood cells to fight off infections and cancer cells. People with high blood pressure found a greater drop in both systolic and diastolic blood pressure. The endocrine system is greatly enhanced with Yoga practice. First, regular practice can lower the stress hormone, cortisol. If high cortisol levels are left unchecked, it may compromise the immune system, decrease memory, contribute to depression, and increase the rate of osteoporosis, and cause weight gain. Inversions in particular can help balance any hormonal issues thereby easing pain, and calming the mental states of frustration, regret, anger, fear and excess desires.
Practicing postures or asanas strengthens the body and mind as well as creates the feeling of well being. It sharpens the human mind, improves intelligence and help in high level of concentration by steadying the emotions and feelings. The feeling of wellbeing creates helping nature within us and thus enhances the social wellbeing. Improved concentration level helps in meditating and provides calming effect and inner peace to the mind. Yoga is like a practical philosophy which develops self-discipline and self awareness within us through regular practice.
Yoga can be practiced by anyone as it is irrespective of age, religion, or health circumstances. It improves the discipline and sense of power as well as provides a chance to life healthy life without physical and mental problems.
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It is good to conduct classes for the Yogasan in schools and colleges. Just as there are classes for physical training, classes for the Yogasan should be started and they will help the students. Schools and colleges should think of allotting a class for the Yogasan at least once in a week or the Yogasan classes may be conducted after the school or college hours and they must be made compulsory. The intelligence of the students can be increased by the Yogasan.
To enhance its awareness about all benefits all over the world, the Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi has suggested to the United Nations General Assembly to declare the 21st of June as an International Day of Yoga so that each and every may know about yoga and can been benefited. Yoga is an ancient Indian tradition which was originated in India and practiced regularly by the yogis to get fit and meditate. By seeing the benefits of implementing the yoga in daily life, United Nations General Assembly has declared the International Day of Yoga to be celebrated every year on 21st of June.
We cannot count the benefits of yoga, we can understand it only a miracle which has been gifted to the human fraternity by the God. It maintains physical fitness, reduces stress, control on emotions, feelings, controls negative thoughts, feeling of general well being, improves mental clarity, enhances self-understanding, connects to the nature and many more.
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