Benefits of Yoga
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5th Jun 2012, 03:11 PM #1
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Benefits of Yoga
Yoga is more than just physical exercise; it is achieving a state of mind. For millions of people, yoga is a spiritual journey, one that has a number of health benefits. Yoga can help you fulfil yourself both spiritually and can help you hone your physical self into the best you can be. Thus, the benefits of practicing it are three-fold; you will become spiritually enlightened in addition to enjoying the physical benefits of yoga, which include improvement of both mind and body.
First, let us examine the physiological changes that occur when one takes up the practice of yoga. When you begin practicing it, you will find that your balance improves, your blood pressure will lower significantly, your heart will work more proficiently and your endurance will also increase. Likewise, your muscles will strengthen, your flexibility level increases, your range of motion will ultimately improve; and you will find that you have better immunity against communicable diseases. Also, you will find that you achieve more restful and restorative sleep and your physique will eventually display your new, healthful status.
Additionally, along with the myriad physical benefits derived from practicing yoga, you will be equally pleased with the psychological benefits. For instance, yoga can reduce the instances in which you experience anxiety or depression, can improve your attention and concentration span, can help you manage unruly emotions, your learning abilities and your memory will improve, and your self-esteem and level of confidence will improve. This, in addition to the physical benefits produced by the practice of yoga make it worthwhile, but there are even more benefits to partaking in this form of exercise.
Practicing yoga also has a number of biochemical advantages including lower glucose levels, lower HDL and LDL cholesterol levels, a higher haemoglobin count, a reduction in the level of sodium in your body, a lowering of white blood cells in your body, a lowering of triglycerides, and an increase in certain vitamin levels in your system. Plus, through the practice of yoga, you will find that your alertness improves, your focus increases, you reduce symptoms of fatigue and your entire well-being is affected.
There are a variety of ways in which you can introduce yourself to the practice of yoga. You can take a public class or conversely you can order instructional videos and books to study at home or with friends. You can also find information online. Further, there are even some Yogic schools and you might be able to locate one in your local area.
Regardless of whether or not you decide to take classes or if you decide to learn Yoga on your own, you should always pay a visit to your physician for a full checkup before you engage in any new exercise regimen. Also, you must bear in mind that when you start to practice yoga you should do so slowly. It serves no one if you strain a muscle when you over exercise and you can incur serious and permanent injury if you are not careful.