By Radhika Iyer Talati
Yoga is a way of life, it’s not the physical postures that we generally see but an integrated system. Of the mind and body that work in unison to pass on good health and a calm mind to its practitioner. So if you’ve practiced some asanas today chances are that you are feeling more relaxed.
Practicing Yoga regularly offers an array of physical and mental health benefits for all. If you are the one coping with either a surgery or bad health. You can make its practice an integral part of your healing, literally hastening the process of recovery. Combine with that some breath work and a little meditation and you have a winner!
Traditional asana practice under a trained yoga instructor will help you improve muscle tone, provide strength to your body. And increase your endurance both mentally as well as physically. Asanas have the capacity to make you more flexible while improving posture helping you to develop core strength. And most importantly, correct the breathing process.
Yoga relaxes you and even helps you sleep better. A bedtime yoga routine is known to enhance deep sleep thus increasing mental energy thereby eliminating the occurrence of diseases like Alzheimer’s and Dementia. Participating in yoga classes is also known to help you connect with a community of like-minded people that can provide you with an environment of more spiritually active individuals.
Physically, several asanas such as the plank, downward dog, cobra and pigeon help build upper-body strength. Standing poses like the tree, warrior and triangle enhance strength in your hamstrings, quadriceps and abdomen. When practiced correctly, almost all the postures build core strength strengthening the knees and tightening abdominal muscles.
Practicing yoga also increases your range of motion preventing degenerative arthritis and slip disc. It pumps up blood circulation, delivering more oxygenated blood to fill up the body. Actions of twisting, inversions, forward and backward bending, isometric holds, lunging, squatting and most importantly, holding these postures throw out carbon deposits from internal organs facilitating deep physical and mental relaxation.
So if you have not already started, practice yoga today onwards to reduce swelling in the joints, calm your blood pressure and boost levels of hemoglobin and red blood cells in the body.
Experience a new you on that 6 X 3 mat that allows you to broaden your horizon and expand your consciousness. Go grab a mat, find a qualified instructor and flow with the movements of the asanas, breathe flawlessly with pranayama and find that stillness with Dhyan….experience bliss!
About the Author
Radhika Iyer Talati, Founder of Raa Foundation &Anahata Organics, Yogini, Mountaineer and a Philanthropist