Complete Health Benefits of Yoga
What is Yoga?
Yoga is understood differently by different people. Yoga is a Sanskrit word which means “UNION”. It is a holistic practice of exercises that connect the body, mind and spirit through body postures, meditation and controlled breathing.
It is a practice of accepting, assimilating and becoming aware of your thoughts, experiences, surroundings, noises and physical being and becoming one with your surroundings.
Origin of Yoga
Yoga is said to be a school of exercises which originated and developed over 5000 years ago during the Indus-Saraswati civilization. According to contemporary belief, Patanjali is considered to be the founder of Yoga. The most famous of his treatise “Patanjali YogaSutra” is considered to be the most definitive guide.
Types of Yoga
Hatha Yoga literally means a broad style of Yoga where emphasis is on physical postures. It has a gentle approach to perform postures.
Anusara Yoga as a school of yoga was developed in 1997 by John Friend. Anusara means to follow in Sanskrit. The concept of Anusara is flowing and learning and practising what Grace and Nature does. This form of Yoga puts an emphasis of unlocking innate goodness that allows one to help others without any prejudice.
It literally means “eight limbed yoga”. This yoga contains eight spiritual practises like Yama (moral codes), Niyama (self-purification and study), Asana (posture), Pranayama (breath control), Pratyahara (sense control), Dharana (concentration), Dhyana (meditation), and Samadhi (absorption in the Universe). It is a six series of asanas campaign and all are performed in the same sequence.
Founded by BKS Iyenger, the emphasis is on the right alignment in each pose. Various props are used to fine tune postures. This is a passive form but this is a challenging part where one has to hold the poses for longer duration.
Vinyasa is the Sanskrit word for flow. This yoga is known for its fluid movements that build intensity. It flows from pose to pose creating a dance like rhythm. The intensity is same as Ashtanga but there is a level of creativity as no two flows are same. The main focus is breath synchronized movement.
This form was developed by Bender Birch in 1995. It takes the principle of Ashtanga Yoga to create heat and energy through a vigorous workout incorporating strength and flexibility with intense flowing sequence.
Bikram / Hot Yoga
This yoga was developed by Bikram Choudhury. It has 26 classical poses of Hatha Yoga in an artificially heated room to 100 degree Fahrenheit. It removes body toxins through sweat.
It is opposite to intense yoga and the primary focus is on relaxing and soothing mind and body.
This yoga has dynamic breathing techniques and chanting and meditation on mantras. This style of Yoga is about awakening of energy that lives at the base of the spine and drawing through each of the seven chakras. Teachers and students are encouraged to wear white.
Swami Kriyananda created this style of Yoga in 1960. A key component of this yoga is use of silent affirmations while holding a pose. The focus is on proper alignment, ease through transitions and breathing exercises. With the idea of self awareness in mind, this yoga seeks upward movement of energy to brain preparing body for meditation.
Ana T. Forrest created this modern yoga in 1982 to work on her own healing. She modified poses and created new poses to address today’s physical ailments. This yoga is founded on four principles of Breath, Strength, Integrity and Spirit which aim to transform intensely physical and internally focused practise from mat to life.
This yoga was founded by martial arts expert and Taoist Yoga teacher Paulie Zink in 1970. This yoga is popular as a great compliment to other forms of yoga. It allows you to advance your asana practise by slowing down and getting deep into the postures to increase flexibility.
Based on the Tao concept of “Yin” and “Yang”; the yin concept concentrates on stiff tissue (tendons, ligaments and fascia) and yang concept concentrates on more mobile and pliable muscles and blood.
This form of yoga was founded by Amrit Desai in 1980. This yoga involves inner focus, meditation, standard yoga postures, breath work, relaxation and emphasis on developing a quiet mind. It practices “following the flow” of Prana, compassion, self-acceptance, observing the mind without judgement and allowing inner teachings to transfer in daily life. The practice focus on press points that are attuned to the body allowing you over time to express yourself in the poses that best suit your body.
Yoga Nidra means yogic sleep with Nidra in Sanskrit means sleep. It is a five step process which includes –
- Relaxing the body and mind
- Meditation on the breathing
- Balancing of emotional states
It begins with a scan of body to engage your physicality and setting a positive intention to provide purpose. During this yoga the awareness spreads through entire body as one move through stages of consciousness –
- Waking state
- Dream state
- Deep and dreamless sleep
This style of Yoga was created by David Life and Sharon Gannon.
It is a physically vigorous style of yoga with equal emphasis on the educational aspect of Yoga and its yogic philosophies. Jivamukti is a Hindi word which means liberation while living. This word is derived from the Sanskrit term Jeevanmukti which means a state of enlightenment and/or God realization.
This practise is a combination of physical, ethical and spiritual practices combining Hatha Yoga and Vinyasa Yoga styles which adhere to five central tenets
- Shashtra meaning Scripture
- Bhakti meaning Devotion
- Ahimsa meaning non-violence or non-harming
- Nad meaning Music
- Dhyana means meditation
This type of yoga is practised with a partner whose main focus is integration. It helps to develop communication skills, honesty and capacity to understand and interpret body language
Pre-natal / Post-natal Yoga
Pre-natal yoga is for expecting mothers. It helps them prepare for the birthing process by teaching techniques to keep stress levels low, relieve physical pain and discomfort during pregnancy and build awareness towards the baby and all the changes that happen in the body and mind.
Post-natal yoga is great for post-delivery lactating and/or healing mothers. A trainer will suitably modify techniques which allow the mother to be active during the lactating/healing period.
Suryanamaskar means Sun Salutations in Sanskrit. This is not a standalone type of Yoga and is a part of the Ashthanga Yoga practice.
Suryanamaskar brings together 12 different asanas to give you a complete workout. Even if you do Suryanamaskar every day for 5 to 10 minutes you will get full benefits of the same.
How Yoga Transforms You
Physical Benefits of Yoga
The relaxation acquired by doing yoga eases:
- Chronic pain like lower back, headache, carpal tunnel syndrome.
- Lowers blood pressure
- Increases flexibility
- Increase in muscle strength and tone
- Improved respiration, energy and vitality
- Maintains a balance in metabolism
- Aids in weight reduction
- Cardio and circulatory health
- Improvement in athletic performance
- Protection from injury
- Perfects the body posture
- Prevents cartilage and joint break down
- Protects the spine
- Improvement in bone health
- Increase in blood flow
- Drains lymph’s and boosts immunity
- Increase in heart rate
- Regulate adrenal glands
- Creates a healthy lifestyle
- Lowers blood sugar
- Relaxes the system
- Strengthens organs
- Regulates gastrointestinal organs
- Regulates sexual functions
- Helps detox the body
- Eases Asthma
- Fights Arthritis
- Helps in controlling multiple sclerosis
- Increases digestion
- Improves breathing and lung capacity
- Improves diabetes management
- Eases labor and improves pre and post natal health
- Eases menopause symptoms
Mental Benefits of Yoga
- Boosts memory
- Reduces anxiety and stress
- Reduces hypertension
- Helps to relax
- Boosts concentration and brain power
- Increases attention span and focus
- Helps ease migraine
- Reduces and controls insomnia
- Helps to control headaches
- Stabilizes mind
- Brings mental balance
- Helps in curing spinal problems and strengthen it
- Regulates sleep
- Helps brain to utilize more oxygen
- Improves other brain functions
- Increases mental capabilities to learn and retain
- Decreases chances of mental diseases
Spiritual Benefits of Yoga
- Eliminates negative thoughts
- Increases positive awareness and bliss
- Increases self-awareness
- Increases mindfulness
Emotional Benefits of Yoga
- Kills depression
- Increases self-worth
- Increases confidence
- Helps overcome PTSD (Post Trauma Stress Disorder)
- Improves mood
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