Have you ever wondered what the benefits of Yoga really are? Or are you curious to explore this ancient practice but need some evidence to motivate you? The fact is that Yoga has been used and practiced for thousands of years and with good reason. Not only is it an excellent physical exercise, but it is also one of the easiest ways to connect to your mind and spirit. Let’s explore both the physical and mental aspects of Yoga and how each one of us can benefit from them.
Yoga and Physical Health
Yoga has been studied for decades, and science agrees: it is a powerful way to transform the body. Some health benefits of Yoga include:
- Lower blood pressure
- Increased flexibility
- Healthy respiration system
- Cardiovascular health
- Increased muscle strength
- Balanced metabolism
- Weight loss
Virtually every aspect of the body from the nervous system to the cardiovascular system to the skeletal system is affected and improved by Yoga. Individuals of all ages and physical abilities can easily participate in Yoga as it is easily customized to fit the needs of individuals.
Yoga and the Mind
One of the key differences between Yoga and other physical fitness routines is the mind body connection. When you for a run you may begin to connect to your body and mind, but not to the extent that is possible through Yoga. By incorporating and focusing on your breath and then connecting that breath with your movements you are actually practicing a form of meditation. Meditation is proven to decrease anxiety and stress while increasing concentration. Additionally, Yoga has been proven to:
- Create Inner Peace
- Enhance the connection to the environment
- Improve Body awareness
- Provide Mental Calmness
When we begin to turn inwards instead of focusing on all the things that get in the way of our mental clarity we develop inner peace and self-esteem. Other exercises may strengthen our bodies, but Yoga strengthens the mind as well as the body.