What is Yoga? A Guide For Beginners

Yoga is a type of exercise in which you move your body into various positions in order to become more fit or flexible, to improve yo ur breathing, and to relax your mind.

Who Started Yoga?

The beginnings were developed by the Indus-Sarasvati civilization in Northern India over 5,000 years ago. The word yoga was first mentioned in the oldest sacred texts, the Rig Veda. The Vedas were a collection of texts containing songs, mantras and rituals to be used by Brahmans, the Vedic priests.

BENEFITS OF YOGA

Yoga is mental, physical and spiritual. It provides powerful benefits for your health and fitness. The benefits of meditation-relaxation classes are being enjoyed by people worldwide. If you are starting yoga or meditation, you should be aware that the benefits of meditation-relaxation are numerous and worth taking the time to learn. Both are great ways to increase your total health and mental well-being and most of these techniques can be done in your own home for both comfort and privacy. The main benefits are as under: –

  1. IMPROVES FLEXIBILITY.
  2. FOR WEIGHT LOSS.
  3. FOR BETTER RELATIONSHIP.
  4. HELPS US TO FOCUS.
  5. INCREASES YOUR BLOOD FLOW.
  6. DROPS YOUR BLOOD PRESSURE.
  7. BUILDS OUR MUSCLE STRENGTH.
  8. BEAT DRUG ADDICTION.
  9. RELAXES OUR SYSTEM.

These are the main benefits. The description of these benefits are as under: –

1. YOGA IMPROVES FLEXIBILITY

Improved flexibility is one of the best benefits of yoga. Yoga must become part of your daily routine to get a body that is strong and flexible. Regular practice stretches and tones the body muscles and also makes them strong.

2. FOR WEIGHTLOSS

With regular practice, we tend to become more sensitive to our body and its needs. This in turn, helps keep a check on our food intake and body weight. Reasons that yoga might help in weight loss process: –

1. Increased body awareness, specifically relating to hunger and satiety.

2. Mindfulness and mindful eating.

3. Effective stress management, reducing the likelihood of stress eating.

3. FOR BETTER RELATIONSHIP

Yoga can even help improve your relationship with your loved ones. A mind that is relaxed, happy and contented is better able to deal with sensitive relationship matters. Yoga and meditation helps to keep our mind happy.

4. YOGA HELPS YOU FOCUS

An important component of this is focusing on the present. Studies have found that regular  practice improves memory, and even IQ scores. People who practice Meditation demonstrate the ability to solve problems and recall information better.

 

5. INCREASES YOUR BLOOD FLOW

Yoga gets your blood flowing. The relaxation exercises you learn can help your circulation, especially in your hands and feet. It also gets more oxygen to your cells, which function better as a result.  It also boosts levels of hemoglobin and red blood cells, which carry oxygen to the tissues. This can lead to a decrease in heart attacks and strokes since blood clots are often the cause of these killers.


6. DROPS YOUR BLOOD PRESSURE

Neither a high nor a low blood pressure is desirable, a balance is essential in the body. While healthy dietary habits contribute to maintaining the balance, you cannot ignore the role played by the mind either.

  1. It helps in increasing immunity and reducing incidences of heart problems like heart attacks and strokes.
  2. It gives positive energy to the body and mind. It makes you happier and more hopeful in life. In the long run, this helps to regulate blood pressure levels.  

7. BUILDS OUR MUSCLE STRENGTH 

Strong muscles protect us from conditions like arthritis and back pain, and help prevent falls in elderly people. And when you build strength, you balance it with flexibility. If you just went to the gym and lifted weights, you might build strength at the expense of flexibility.

8. BEAT DRUG ADDICTION

If your medicine cabinet looks like a pharmacy, maybe it’s time to try Yoga. In studies, Asthma, high blood pressure and obsessive-compulsive disorder have shown that it helped them lower their dosage of medications and sometimes get off them entirely.

9. RELAXES OUR SYSTEM

Yoga encourages you to relax, slow your breath, and focus on the present. It lowers breathing and heart rates, decreases blood pressure, and increases blood flow to the intestines and reproductive organs. One of the benefits of yoga meditation relaxation is that you can increase the total flexibility of your body. The positions that are held that we can relax and achieve better flexibility than we have ever enjoyed in your life.

DISADVANTAGES 

 

  1. INJURY RISK

Don’t run from yoga in fear of injury – it’s usually safe for healthy women. Serious injuries such as strokes and nerve damage occur on rare occasions. Certain poses are especially risky if you have glaucoma or high blood pressure. Even if you’re healthy, you could suffer muscle tears if you attempt difficult poses too quickly. Injuring of shoulders and wrists may lead to long-lasting pain.

  1. LEARNING CURVE

 When you go to the gym, you probably don’t need a personal trainer to help you figure out the treadmill or a DVD or watch instructional videos online; it may be difficult to learn to perform poses correctly. The classes can be pricey, making this a less economical workout option.

CONCLUSION : –

The purpose is to create harmony in the physical, vital, mental, psychological and spiritual aspects of the human being.  I have described the Technique of relaxation in different postures like standing, lying and sitting postures which bring in this harmony. 

 

 

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