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Yoga has been practiced in India for 6000 years. And although it has its origins in Eastern culture, it has struck the western world by storm.
Today, more than 19 million Americans practice yoga and millions more around the world. It is also a multi-billion dollar per industry.
Those who do yoga report various reasons for this unique fitness routine, some of which include:
- Build strength
- General fitness
- Peace and contentment
- reduce stress
- and much more
Main benefits of yoga
Since the movements and poses in Yoga are conscious and yet slow, they do not burden the muscles. Instead, the movements provide for better blood circulation, better stretching of the muscles and strengthening of the joints.
Stamina or the ability to endure pain for extended periods of time is also enhanced by consistently practicing yoga.
When the body gains strength, it also gains stamina. As the mind is able to control its responses to stress, it teaches to change its perception of pain.
What most people do not notice is that yoga is not just an exercise program or a workout, but that the slow and deep breathing is meditative. It allows the person to calm their mind while calming their body by focusing on breathing slowly and deeply. The first thing you'll notice is that the slow and deep breaths clean and remove the mess from your head. You will also find that the slow, deep breathing of yoga calms you when you feel upset.
The effect of yoga is cumulative. This means that if you consistently practice yoga, the longer you practice yoga, the better your mind and body will be, even outside of your scheduled yoga classes. For example, when slow and deep breathing becomes a habit, you can see how it helps you to relax even in the most tense and intense moments of your work day.
The cumulative effect is that your body learns to avoid stress reactions. Stress reactions are the way the body prepares us to fight or escape from situations that are considered dangerous and threatening.
This will help you if you are being followed by a bark while jogging. However, if the stress response is prolonged or repeated as your body prepares to "hold" appointments throughout the day or prepare to "fight" with people who make life difficult for you, you will live with stress. Stress becomes a way of life that overwhelms the heart and severely strains our organs.
Chronic or persistent stress also changes the chemistry in the brain. It makes you irritable and affects your concentration and concentration. It increases your susceptibility to diseases such as high blood pressure, diabetes and coronary heart disease. Yoga, because it helps you to relax and neutralize stress, also helps you avoid these lifestyle illnesses.
The meditative component of yoga increases your self-confidence. This means that you become more aware of how you feel and what you think. This makes it easier for you to evaluate, reflect on and modify your emotional reactions to everyday stress and adversity yourself.
As you learn to change your emotional responses, you also learn to put things in the right perspective. You will find yourself resisting anxious and depressing thoughts. The slow, deep breathing, which increases the blood flow of the brain, also contributes to mood enhancement. You will be more positive in your outlook.
Because yoga keeps the mind clear, information can be processed faster and more easily recorded. It does not make you any wiser as you raise your IQ, but you learn to focus and make decisions more easily. You learn to use your labs more purposefully.