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Know About Yoga

Describe about yoga :

The word Yoga is derived from the Sanskrit word Yuj, which means to join or to unite. Yoga is a 5000 to 10,000 year old Indian body of knowledge. It is a group of physical, mental and spiritual practices or disciplines which includes meditation, breath work, lifestyle and behaviour principles, and physical exercise. Yoga means union of individual soul or consciousness with universal consciousness, goal of yoga is moksha. It is a popular way to increase flexibility, gain strength, and reduce stress. Yoga is not of beliefs or not a religion but it is a system or practical aid of techniques and guidance to improve living. Continuous practice of yoga makes body stronger and flexible; it improves the functioning of the respiratory, circulatory, digestive, and hormonal systems.

Swami Vivekananda is the first Hindu teacher who introduced yoga to the west in 19th century. The ancient rishi patanjali formalized yoga into eightfold path of yoga and his writings are called yoga sutras. In early Sanskrit texts such as Vedas and Upanishads yoga is explained as a means of access to the Divine and a way to connect the earthly form with the spiritual form.

Benefits of yoga :

Yoga has become very popular not only in our country but also in many other parts of the world as Yoga specifically means a connection of body and mind. Yoga is a great tool for staying physically, mentally and spiritually healthy. It helps in better functioning of all systems of body. Yoga is suitable and practiced by all age groups. Benefits of yoga include

  • Increased flexibility
  • Maintains a balanced metabolism and helps in weight loss
  • Builds muscle strength and improves bone health
  • Stress and pain relief
  • Improves respiration and energy
  • Lowers sugar and cholesterol
  • Relaxes your system and improves your balance
  • Releases tensions in limbs and maintains nervous system
  • Improves immunity
  • Control diseases (heart diseases, osteoporosis, Alzheimer’s and diabetes )
    Improves emotional health (mood, anxiety, depression, concentration, self control and positive outlook)
  • Improves gastrointestinal functions
  • Eliminates constipation
  • Inner peace and calm
  • Heals back pain
  • Reduces symptoms of diseases (asthma, arthritis, cancer, migraines, sciatica and menopause )
  • Better breathing
  • Fights food cravings
  • Delay aging and gives glowing skin.

Tips to perform yoga :

Few tips to keep in mind to perform yoga

  • Choose a convenient time
  • Choose a comfortable place
  • Practice on light or empty stomach
  • Take experts help to learn yoga
  • Dress comfortably
  • Warm up before doing yoga
  • Be regular with your yoga
  • Start with easy asanas in the beginning
  • Balance the posture with relaxation.

If you have any health problems, discuss with the training experts to avoid complications or injuries. Do as much as you comfortably can. As you complete your yoga asana practice, it is good to relax for five minutes than going out in a hurry.