6 Holistic Benefits Of Yoga
Yoga is more than exercise, it is the “union of body, mind and spirit” through a combination of physical, mental, and spiritual practices. Yoga has many benefits and will produce many positive changes, but may also change your life beyond improved health.
Time spent in yoga class on your yoga mat, will help you leave your cares, worries and hectic life behind you as you enjoy these benefits:
Flexibility - Yoga poses stretch and lengthen your muscles and increase your range of motion. With regular practice, this combination will improve your flexibility. The yoga postures, or asanas you will do in a yoga class will help your body to become and remain more flexible.
- Improved breathing and energy - You will learn to breath deeply and practice rhythmic breathing in yoga class, as a result, your lung capacity will increase. Many people do not realise that they have forgotten how to breathe correctly, completely and fully, and will find great benefit in the simple practice of deep and slow breathing. These breathing techniques are also very relaxing.
Increased strength - Weak muscles will become lean and toned over time. They will also become stronger, leaner and more supple. The underlying bones and skeletal muscle attachments will also become stronger, and the amount of stored body fat will be reduced. While yoga may not appear strenuous to the layman, time “on the mat” burns calories and promotes weight loss. These positive changes often cause an increased awareness in health and healthy diet which also contribute to weight loss.
- Helps detoxification - Your body is very efficient in it's removal of toxins and waste products, but today it can be overwhelmed by the amount of toxins from food, water and air. Yoga asanas massage your internal organs, helping to force out accumulated toxins and also giving them a soothing internal workout. Flushing toxins helps to keep disease away. Drinking water before and after your yoga session will help to flush additional toxins away.
Relaxation and stress relief - Yoga is generally performed at a relaxed rate and will end with one final pose known as Savasana, or the corpse pose. It is an extremely relaxing pose that is used to allow you to reflect on the session you have just completed. Much of yoga involves meditation and provides the benefit of relaxation and a skill that you can use during moments of stress, or during those times when you cannot sleep.
Look and feel younger - The regular combination of stretching and lengthening your muscles, massaging your internal organs, and deep breathing, providing a rich supply of oxygenated blood to all parts of your body (including your brain) will leave you alert, fresh, energized and looking and feeling younger.