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Benefits of Yoga – Yoga Meditation – Yoga Exercise Benefits – Health Benefits of Yoga

Yoga has been practiced for thousands of years, because historically people have known the benefits of yoga. It is important, however, to remember that there are more than 10 different styles of yoga that are most most popular, and each style has its own identity with respect to the benefits you might expect to see from their practice. I have created numerous articles describing yoga for beginners which you can search for to explain these differences, but this article is written to expound on what yoga can do for you. No matter if your focus is physical, mental or both, practicing yoga can benefit you enomrously in many ways. Let’s start with the mental side first.

“Yoga means togetherness of awareness and body. It is a practical science aiming at the realization of the ultimate – moksha. My purpose is to remove the misconception that yoga is for the elderly and the sick. The practice of yoga should ideally be commenced in early childhood when the body is by nature loose and flexible. Beginning early brings truth to the old adage “prevention is better than cure”. Though yoga does help in treatment of diseases, this is not its only goal.

Ancient masters like Patanjali have made mankind aware of the fact that Yoga is a science which is practical and usable with guaranteed scope of growth at all levels of human existence – physical, mental, emotional, physiological and spiritual. Its sole principle is to progress from a state of doing to the state of non-doing.

The ancient art of yoga says that an empty mind is God’s workshop. With the passage of time, medical science has made tremendous progress. So have metaphysics, physics, chemistry, human physiology and sports medicine. Yoga, which is a practical science, however, has fallen into the hands of those who don’t really understand its depth and use it for superficial purposes such as figure correction, weight loss and stress management.

Concentration Improvements: This one’s difficult to prove factually, but concentration improvements have been constantly enjoyed by most practitioners. I have personally experienced these improvements!

Increase in Feeling of Well-being: This is the result of the improved mind-body connection and calmness, due to improved concentration, the reduction of hormones associated with stress and an inward focus.

Depression Reduction: This is the result of a number of biochemical reactions, including oxygen level increases in the brain, as well as the release of the associated “negative” energy.
Hostility Decreases: This is the result of the increased level of relaxation and control you learn through practicing yoga.

Physical Benefits of Yoga

Increased Range of Motion: The sequence of yoga poses gently stretches your muscles, ligaments, and tendons over time.

Detoxification: This stretching also massages your organs, and ensures blood flow is optimized. This helps to release toxins.

Muscle tone: Often positions are held for a while causing the aforementioned stretching, but at the same time muscles are worked and strengthened as well.

Lower Blood Pressure: This stretching and massaging provided by yoga also serves to lower your blood pressure, by increasing blood oxygenation and improving circulation.

Cardiovascular Efficiency Increases: The combination of reduced blood pressure and increased oxygen levels raises your level of endurance.

Real Life Benefits of Yoga

Lower Risk of Injury: Due to your new found improved range of motion, strength and improved blood flow, your body will be better protected from future injuries and able to heal quicker.
Improved Coordination: Due to your improved mind-body connection and range of motion you will become more graceful.

Reaction time: This is a result of better circulation and the better mind-body connection.
Endurance: Improved blood flow and oxygenation lead to better cardiovascular health and improved endurance. This is one of the many reasons endurance athletes like runners include yoga as a part of their training.

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