Yoga is not something like stretching, but creating balance in the body through both strength and flexibility. The continued practice of yoga makes the body strong, flexible and improves the functioning of the respiratory, digestive, circulatory, and hormonal systems.
There are a number of yoga asanas (poses) with different names and includes standing postures, seated twists, backbends, arm balances, inversions and core holds.
1. Lowers Stress and improves your mood
The practice of yoga helps to boost oxygen levels in the brain that lowers the stress and makes you happier. Yoga encourages you to relax, slow your breath and allows you to focus on the present.
2. Boosts Confidence
The act of meditation can actually boost your confidence by releasing tension from your mind. Without any forms of anxiety, it helps you to establish an internal connection with yourself so that you can feel confident about your body.
3. Lowers the risk of injury
Exercise, such as running includes a higher risk of injury and increase muscle tension. Yoga concentrates on balancing this activity. Yoga unites both your body and mind and therefore allows you to turn in a way that outcome in an injury free, healthier you.
4. Helps you lose weight
One major contributor to weight gain is excess stress. Regularly practicing yoga enables you to bring a deep sense of relaxation to both your body and mind, helping you to distress and allowing you to lose-weight naturally. With yoga Sun Salutations and Kapal Bharti pranayama are ways that help you to lose weight.
5. Increases flexibility and posture
The continued practice of yoga makes your body strong, supple and flexible. Yoga practice tones the body muscles and makes them strong. Also, it helps to improve your body posture when you sit, stand, sleep or walk. This would, in turn, help relieve you of body pain due to incorrect posture.
6. Builds muscle strength
Yoga helps you to improve your muscle tone. Strong muscles not only give a good look, but also protect us from back pain and arthritis.
7. Benefits breathing and lowers blood pressure
Consistent yoga practice will increase your lung capacity as a result of the deep breathing process. It will also help in sports to increase your stamina and endurance. Also, meditation and yoga asanas slow down your heart rate, which in turn lowers blood pressure.
8. Increases your blood flow
Yoga asanas get your blood flowing. The yoga relaxation exercises help in proper blood circulation in your body. Yoga also gets more oxygen to your cells, which function better as a result.
The beauty of yoga is that it can be practiced pretty much anywhere at every place, on your own or with other yoga enthusiasts. If you have been inspired to give yoga a go, there is no better place to try it than on an amazing yoga holiday.
By Kanchan Thakur.