Published on : 11/November/2016
Yoga originated in India at least 7,000 years ago. A system of training for body, mind and spirit, it aims to stimulate and balance the flow of life-force energy, known as prana, around the “subtle” body. Yoga is a practical aid, not a religion. Yoga is an ancient art based on a harmonizing system of development for the body, mind, and spirit.
The Sanskrit word yoga means “to join or merge” and the practice of yoga aims to create balance between body, mind and spirit. To achieve this, yoga teaches sequences of postures (asanas), as well as breathing, relaxation and meditation techniques. Practised regularly, yoga can increase flexibility and circulation, relieve stress, and encourage peace of mind. According to the international research, evidence shows that yoga helps to overcome infertility and menstrual problems, possibly by a combination of increasing blood flow to the reproductive organs and relieving stress, which can help to balance female hormones. It’s also thought to improve blood flow generally to the organs of the body and to be good for the heart. Several studies show that yoga can help to balance hormones, relieve digestive disorders, and improve posture, strength, endurance, energy, immunity, sleep and breathing.
The most wonderful thing about yoga is that no matter what your age or lifestyle, there’s a type to suit you. Visit your local yoga centre and experiment until you find your perfect style. For example, if you’re new to yoga or recovering from an illness, it may be best to try a gentle style, such as Sivananda yoga. Whichever style you go for, it’s often a good idea some guidance from a teacher at the beginning as he or she will show you how to hold the postures correctly and perhaps even tailor a programme to your ability and level of fitness. Once you’ve mastered the basics, yoga is easy to practise by yourself. One very important part of yoga practice, and available to us all, is pranayama – or breathing exercises. This is a sort of science of breath control. Pranayama also helps yoga practitioners to prepare for another important aspect of yoga practice – meditation.
The term meditation refers to a number of techniques intended to focus or control the mind so you can find a state of inner contentment – similar to the kind of feeling you get when you’re totally absorbed in what you’re doing and have lost track of time. Many people that practice meditation regularly say that it eases stress, and encourages relaxation and feelings of calmness and positivity. It also helps to reduce blood pressure and improve circulation. One study in 2003 found that meditation could boosts parts of the brain and enhance the immune system. Other researches shows that it can ease a host of stress-related problems, including chronic pain, headaches, anxiety, sleep disorders.
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