The first thing that pops into our minds when we speak about Yoga is peace. Something peaceful that unites calmness in your heart and brain, making your body and mind feel refreshed. Yoga has been practiced for thousands of years as it dates back to pre-Vedic Indian traditions. In today’s world, it has merely become a way to remain physically fit. As per Indian scriptures, Yoga was mainly done for its meditative and spiritual core, however, we can safely say that even you don’t fully realise how yoga can change your life.
Nowadays, there are many centers, schools training, teaching and promoting Yoga and many people, from kids to adults have found their interest in it. Each posture in Yoga is linked to each respective part of the body to keep it functioning well. It doesn’t only affect your body but can also make a big difference to your life in a wholesome manner. Here we go!
#1 Removes physical and mental stress
As mentioned above, in olden times Yoga was popular among several Yogis and Gurus to gain peace. With the hectic life of the city and work pressure, the stress is not only physical but also mental. Many Yogasanas including the Balasana, Uttanasana, Shavasana, etc help relieve mental and physical stress.
The more you stretch your body, especially your hands and legs, the less pain and stress you’ll feel. So just imagine after a hectic day of work, when you finally get some “me” time to do this yoga how easy and peaceful your life would become? You can go back to work with double energy!
#2 Breath well for healthy lungs
It is believed that the better your inhaling and exhaling system is the better the supply of oxygen not only to your heart but also to your brain will be. The Yoga breathing techniques including Kapalbhati Pranayama and Nadi Shodhana Pranayama are well-practiced and are the basic steps that a beginner should always learn before getting any deeper with Yoga.
Not only does it improve lung function but also improves the supply of oxygen to your body. The blood flow is balanced with the complete relaxation of your body and mind.
#3 Enhanced memory and concentration
Who does not want a great memory? From a student to a professional, memory and the ability to focus are essential for success. Yogasanas like Matsyasana, Bhramari pranayam, Paschimottanasana, etc are very effective to enhance memory and increase concentration. Even elders who are retired and want to enjoy their retirement life can benefit from these asanas to overcome memory and concentration issues.
#4 Healthy and Radiant Skin
I can bet most of you didn’t know this. The truth is that if you do yoga regularly, it will not only tighten your skin but will also help in keeping it healthy. Different asanas work differently, some might reduce skin issues like pimples, wrinkles, dark circles, loose skin, and more.
Most of the common yoga to maintain your looks and skin are Paschimottanasana, Sarvangasana, Ustrasana, and many more. These asanas increase the oxygen level in your body which results in smooth skin.
#5 Happy, courageous and flexible!
Yoga helps you balance your mind emotionally and thus keeps you from reacting impulsively. This means you feel happier and refreshed. The mental and physical fitness drawn from yoga keeps you more energised throughout the day. Many poses in Yoga make you courageous including the Virabhadrasana. Yoga lowers down the anxiety levels which means higher conviction and a courageous attitude. It helps you to speak for yourself, act in situations that you like and don’t like.
Last but not least the flexibility gained by your body, as a result of regularly practicing yoga, keeps you healthy and injury-free. Not just that, the flexibility in your body allows you to stay more active and focused at your work.
Yoga doesn’t change your body, it changes your life in more ways than you can think, and we’ve listed just 5 here. Beginners always are advised to take it slow initially. Let us known what you think of Yoga and its benefits in the comment section below. We will be coming up with more such articles so keep supporting us.