Yoga is a profound system of holistic health care that originated in India several thousands of years ago. Yoga is a practice that brings wellness and strength into the body. It is the oldest documented system of personal development.
Yoga postures, called asanas, exercise every part of the body, stretching and toning the muscles and joints, the spine and entire skeletal system. The asanas work not only on the frame of the body but also on the internal organs, glands and nerves, keeping all systems in radiant health.
Yogic breathing exercises, known as pranayama, energize the body and help control the mind, leaving the practitioner feeling calm and fresh. Yoga is currently enjoying growing popularity in Western countries.
Yoga Shows Us
- How the mind and body hold tension.
- How it feels to release it.
- How we can experience a deeper quality of Yogic breathing exercises, known as relaxation.
Relaxation does not mean inactivity, rather, the performance of actions with efficient effort, minimum tension, and without anxiety.
Many people are first drawn to yoga as a way to keep fit, supple and youthful looking. Some come to yoga for relief from a specific complaint, e.g. headaches, backaches, insomnia, fatigue, stress…etc. Others are drawn by a sense that they are not getting out of life what they know they could be.
Through the regular practice of yoga, persistently toning and relaxing the body and stilling the mind, one can come to glimpse a state of inner peace, the individual’s true nature. This is the essence of yoga: to have a strong and flexible body and mind that will support a strong sense of well being and a peaceful spirit.
Benefits of Yoga
Most of you reading this are aware of its use as a powerful stress reduction technique. Yoga is quickly becoming a mainstream tool for stress reduction. Asanas (yoga postures) release built up physical and mental tension and slowly unleashes vast resources of energy.
Yoga can play a valuable part in stress management and in improving one’s capacity to work and to relate to others effectively.
The next benefit that all physicians support is circulation. Many of the yogic postures and breathing exercises bring much needed blood and oxygen to bodily tissues and organs, which speeds the healing of the practitioner.
Flexibility and Strength
Although Hatha Yoga most definitely improves your flexibility, it is also good for strength. Yoga stretches and tones the muscles and joints, has a positive effect on the entire skeletal system including the spine, and has a positive effect on all of the organs, glands, and nerves. The whole idea is a balance of strength and flexibility.
Once the system comes closer to balance, most practitioners notice an increase in vitality and an overall sense of well-being.
Self-Acceptance, Inner Peace, Sense of Well Being
Finally, and not to be underestimated in importance, a regular yoga practice can gradually and significantly increase a person’s sense of self-acceptance, sense of well being and inner peace.
Practiced regularly over an extended period of time, yoga is a very powerful healing and transformational tool with lasting results
Using the principles it has to offer, one can begin to balance all aspects of his or her Being – physical, emotional, mental and spiritual – all necessary ingredients for enriched, harmonious living.