Health Benefits of Yoga : For Sound Mind, Body and Soul
The International day of Yoga, or the Yoga day is annually observed on 21st June. It was officially declared by the United Nations General Assembly in June, 2015, as the Yoga Day.
Yoga is the physical, mental and spiritual activity, which has it’s origins in India.
Yoga for good physical and psychological health
Yogasanas, or the Yogic Postures are simple actions for keeping the internal and external parts of the body in good health.
No activity in our regular lives can be performed well, unless the internal and external parts of the body are not in good health.
The Body and Mind are closely interrelated, and both should be fully taken care of.
'A sound mind in a sound body', is the famous saying.
Yogasana is a Sanskrit word.
The word ‘Yuj’ means, to bind the yoke.
’Asana’ means to sit still.
The conjunction of these two words becomes ‘Yogasana‘---an activity which is practiced to maintain the physical and mental health.
What is the Importance of Yogasana?
There are seven ways for the elimination of waste matter, produced in the body due to the daily physical activities and, functioning of the digestive system.
1. Through left and right nostrils,
2. Through left and right eyes,
3. Through left and right ears,
4. Through the mouth,
5. Through the anus,
6. Through the genitals,
7. Through the skin.
Most common ailments, are the result of, the absence of sufficient and regular elimination of waste matter, such as urine and stool etc. from the body.
Yogic exercises help the process of elimination of waste matter from the body and help us to maintain sound health.
Why prefer Yoga, over some other forms of Physical Exercises?
There are certain reasons why I, like many others, prefer Yoga Asanas over some other forms of physical exercises.
- In other systems of physical exercises, the internal organs of the body do not get proper exercise, while Yogasanas give sufficient exercise to the internal organs as well.
- Only a small airy and open space is required for practicing Yogic exercises. You do not require heavy machines as in a Gym.
- Yoga asanas can be performed even in the quiet space of your home.
- Yogasanas have a greater impact on the mind and the senses than other form of exercises.
- As a result, they make you mentally strong, with a cool and calm attitude.
- It is not expensive at all.
- Since elimination of waste from the body is done properly, the body has more resistance to keep ailments and diseases away.
- Immunity system becomes perfect.
- Body becomes flexible and agile.
- One who is a regular practitioner, looks younger and lives longer and healthIer life.
- The power of contraction and expansion of vital organs such as lungs, heart and others is increased.
- Yoga asanas provide flexibility to the spinal cord and other bones, thereby keeping bone related diseases such as Arthritis away.
- Yoga Asanas help the mind to experience and achieve Tranquility.
- Yoga Asanas stimulate different Glands of the body. As such they produce secretions in proper proportion, thus ensuring proper and well balanced growth.
- Diseases like Constipation, Diabetes, Blood Pressure, Hernia, Headaches, Thyroid, Women specific diseases, Arthritis etc. can be controlled and cured by practicing Yoga. There are specific Asanas for each of them, which can be learnt by qualified Yoga Practitioner.
- There is no restriction for age or sex for Yoga aspirants.
Which one do you prefer for maintaining good health?
How to take full advantage of Yogasanas?
Any person who wants to practice Yoga Asanas, must learn the proper techniques of performing them.
You can join the Yoga classes under an expert, or buy DVDs from authorised persons.
To get the maximum benefit, doing it correctly is very important, especially the breathing pattern must be understood, before trying them out.
Taking proper guidance from a Yoga Guru is advisable.
1. Yogic exercises are non violent activities. Least possible physical energy is required to practice them, and thus the practitioner feels less tired after the Yoga session. No force or jerk is required.
2. Early morning is the ideal time to practice Yoga. Before practicing the yogic exercise, the bowel should be emptied. It is considered better to perform the exercises after bath.
One can take bath with warm water after practicing the Asanas as well.
3. Choose a place, which is quiet, clean and practice on a mat or carpet.
4. Wear light loose clothes, and take light food.
5. One should remain silent and concentrate on the breathing and limbs movement, while practicing the Asanas.
Concentration is necessary for all round progress of mind and body.
5. The duration of exercises should be increased gradually.
As the body becomes flexible, the duration can be increased safely, to accomplish a perfect state in each Asana.
A WORD OF CAUTION:
- If someone is suffering from fever, or some other complicated disease, one should not practice Yoga Asanas.
- Women should not practice Yoga Asanas during Pregnancy and after Pregnancy.
- Women should not practice Asanas during Menstruation.
- Haste or quickness should be avoided.
Yoga Asanas are supposed to prove advantageous for health. If you are getting tired and feeling some kind of uneasiness or discomfort, you must consult your physician.
As is the diet, so is the health:
An improper diet is an obstacle to get full benefits of Yoga.
A proper diet nourishes the body, while an improper diet damages the body and you might not achieve your desired goal by Yoga.
Eat as much as is required by the body. Overeating, eating too much fatty food, stale food should be avoided.
Yogasana and Pranayama:
Yogasana and Pranayama are closely inter related.
Pranayama is helpful in practising and maintaining asanas.
It helps in proper expansion and contraction of the lungs and thus plenty of oxygen is supplied, so that the body becomes healthy and the mind content and delightful.
One can master a particular asana, by following both, in coordination with each other.
Yogasana practices make you disciplined---Individually and Socially.
One develops Concentration power, Control over Senses, and Breathing.
One can also enhance the power of Meditation.
The power and effect of Yoga and Pranayama helped, Mahatma Buddha, achieve
Quick fix yoga by Shilpa Shetty, Source: YouTube
10 Minute Routine For Daily Yoga Practice, Source: You tube
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2013 Chitrangada Sharan