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The Physical, Mental and Spiritual Benefits of Yoga

Updated on December 27, 2015

Benefits to practicing Yoga

Yoga is a truly amazing activity that can nourish you physically, mentally and spiritually. In just a few weeks, Yoga can improve your immune system, lower your cholesterol, improve mental clarity, help you relax and even help you feel more connected with your spiritual self.

Here are some of the many benefits to practicing Yoga.

Health Benefits Of Yoga

The Physical Benefits of a Yoga Practice

A Yoga session consists of moving through many different positions called Asanas. These Asanas are designed to massage all your body’s organs and get the blood flowing all throughout your body, even in areas where blood doesn’t normally flow.

This process of increasing blood flow helps your immune system strengthen itself. It helps your body dump your toxins and get more oxygen to all your cells. After a Yoga session, you’ll often feel very relaxed and energized.

In addition to your blood flow, Yoga also helps improve your respiration. This in turn helps stimulate your body’s lymph system. Your lymph system is a powerful aspect of your body’s natural immune system. By breathing deeply, you activate this lymph system and get rid of even more toxins in your body even more quickly.

Yoga also helps improve red blood cell count. The more red blood cells you have in your blood, the more oxygen the cells and tissues in your body will get. As a result, your health in general improves.

By practicing Yoga, you’ll also increase your natural lubrication in your body’s joints. This helps prevent arthritis and other bone or joint ailments. Yoga is a great way to keep your joints, tendons and ligaments stay in tip top shape.

Furthermore, Yoga also burns fat and lowers cholesterol. As your circulation, immune system and blood flow improves, your body’s cholesterol level will naturally lower as well.

Yoga is great for your body’s cardiovascular health, your body’s immune system and your body’s respiratory system. Yoga helps your body relax, helps you keep your muscles and joints in top condition and helps prevent diseases.

There are many, many great physical benefits of Yoga. But it doesn’t stop there.

Yoga: Achieve positive mental health

The Mental Benefits of a Yoga Practice

Just like with its physical benefits, Yoga provides a wide range of mental benefits. This is perhaps the most common reason why people love Yoga. Here are some of the many mental benefits that come with practicing Yoga.

One of the most common things people love about Yoga is that it brings them a sense of relaxation. A pervasive sense of calmness, that everything is okay. People find that often things that seemed stressful before a session simply become less important after a strenuous exercise session.

Yoga also helps you improve your mind’s sensitivity to body sensations. This means an increased ability to consciously relax or sense when you’re stressed out. A lot of people are unconsciously stressed out. However, with Yoga, you can start realizing this and learning to relax instead.

People who practice Yoga find that their mental clarity and concentration increases many fold. Perhaps this is because of the immense amount of concentration needed in a typical Yoga session. Yoga practitioners often find that this improved sense of concentration continues even outside the Yoga studio.

One of the biggest benefits to Yoga is that people often start to really change their whole outlook on life. They start to feel good about life and themselves. Some say this is a physical reaction from detoxifying their body’s system, while others say it’s because of the mental aspects of Yoga. Whatever the reason, people who practice Yoga tend to find that they’re just happier in general.

Yoga Routines & Spiritual Health

The Spiritual Benefits of a Yoga Practice

In India, Yoga was first created as a high form of spiritual practice. The word “Yoga” means “Merging with God” in Sanskrit. Here are some of the many spiritual benefits of practicing Yoga.

Yoga can help you improve and deepen your relationship with the world itself. Most people live their daily lives in a struggle. They tend to hope for things that aren’t true, or wish that things which are true right now aren’t. Instead, Yoga will help you learn to appreciate your life for what it is right now.

Yoga can also help you find out who you really are. Thousands of people have already found themselves through the practice of Yoga. In order to reach this stage, it usually takes some serious spiritually oriented practice.

Yoga can help you find that place of stillness inside of you. That place where there is no stress and nothing you’re supposed to do. A relaxing place of just stillness and quietness.

When Yoga was first created, it was always taught along with deep spiritual teachings. Along with learning the Asanas, practitioners of Yoga would learn personal integrity, mindfulness and presence as well as appreciation for every moment of life.

Yoga consists of many Asanas. Some of these Asanas and relaxing and pleasurable, while others are strained and painful. Through the practice of Yoga, students learn to appreciate every experience for what it is.

This attitude of learning, enjoying and growing from every experience that life throws at you translates to an amazing outlook in everyday life outside of the Yoga studio. It allows you to handle just about anything life brings with a sense of calmness, confidence and true inner peace.

Yoga for Health and Wellbeing

The Physical, Mental and Spiritual Benefits of Yoga

There are so many benefits to a good Yoga practice. If any of the benefits we talked about here appeal to you, why not give Yoga a try? Its inexpensive when compared to many other forms of exercise and the benefits can far surpass other exercises that only focus on physical benefits.

The best way to get started is to find a great Yoga teacher or Yoga class. Spend some time to carefully pick a teacher that really resonates with you. If you intend to use Yoga as a spiritual practice, make sure you find a teacher who can teach that aspect as well.

The practice of Yoga can truly be a life changing practice. There are so many amazing benefits. Why not give it a shot today?

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  • Deborah Demander profile image

    Deborah Demander 

    2 years ago from First Wyoming, then THE WORLD

    Great article, very comprehensive.

    Thank you for writing.

    Namaste

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    Evie Dawson 

    4 years ago

    Thanks for the information... Because of the deep, mindful breathing that yoga involves, lung capacity often improves.

  • Chris Achilleos profile image

    Chris Achilleos 

    6 years ago

    very good information. People can benefit from yoga in so many ways. Voted up!!!

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    moneycop 

    7 years ago from JABALPUR

    SUPERB WORK....I LIKE THE SPIRIT YOU HAVE TOWARDS MEDITATION AND YOGA

  • S.S.YOGI profile image

    S.S.YOGI 

    8 years ago from Chengannur

    Hello,

    Your articles about hatha yoga is informative.I am an illum ined Yogi through Raja yoga which is a branch of hatha yoga.A rajayogi must undergo hatha yoga it is said.

    I shall write to you more in my next comments.

    Thanks,

    S.S.YOGI

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    Greenheart 

    8 years ago from Cambridge

    Hi and thanks for this hub.

    I have been doing hatha yoga for a long while but not formally.I am sure in the near future i will join a class as i need to be shown how to do it properly.And i may even look into other forms of yoga practice.Do you know what kind of yoga posture may be good for restless and erratic sleep?.

    Thanks and a happy festive time to you.

    Gavin

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