Yoga has been practiced in India for the past 5,000 years and many people have sought enlightenment and happiness. While some people focus on the spiritual element, others use the various postures and styles of yoga to increase flexibility and become fit. Many of the health disorders are solved when yoga is practiced correctly.
Yoga as practiced in the West
Many Americans are now adopting the yogic way of exercising as they find immense benefits in every area long term as well as short-term. Right from actors to athletes and judges, people rush to practice various forms of yoga and reap the benefits of soldering a union between their mind and body. The number of Americans who have boarded this wagon amounts to nearly fifteen million as against half the number that initially decided to try it out.
Multifarious benefits of practicing yoga
- Regular practice of different physical postures improves cognitive function while boosting focus and memory.
- Reduces stress levels by lessening the activity of proteins. A recent study published by the University of California, Los Angeles last year indicates that yoga helps lower inflammation as a result.
- The gene expression in immune cells can also be altered
- Become more flexible when you start performing different postures. Your strength also increases and body fat decreases
- Chronic back and neck pain reduces with regular yoga practice.
- Sexual functioning is improved especially in women
- Yoga practitioners notice an improved lung capacity as they learn how to take deep breaths and the art of exhaling and inhaling
- Patients suffering from diabetes find that their blood sugar levels remain steady
- People suffering from anxiety and stress feel less depressed when they work out
- Older adults find that with regular yoga, they improve their sense of balance..
Role of yoga in today’s world
Yoga plays a supporting role to modern medicine and is an excellent accompaniment to other fitness exercise programs. There is evidence that people suffering from heart diseases, multiple sclerosis and Parkinson’s disease also benefit when they practice yoga. While the ‘asanas’ or postures are slow they are not challenging or cause pain to individuals. What is important is that you should be guided by a good yoga teacher who helps you through the various postures and the deep breathing techniques.
Learning through books and trying yoga on your own will not give you the same benefits as when you are guided by an experienced teacher. Take time off and learn to relax as you go through the motions.
Enjoy the sessions by selecting the right time of the day when you can totally switch off from the rest of the world. Take a warm shower and wear clothes that will help you stretch. Play some relaxing music and use aromatherapy to introduce a calm ambiance. Go through the various postures and breathe deeply. You will experience tranquility and peace and when you are through you will feel energized and refreshed.