International Yoga Day - 21st June
Yoga Integrates Body, Mind, and Spirit
Yoga has been around for about 4,500+ years, and while many regard it as just another form of exercise—some even see it as a "fad"—it's really a comprehensive practice that integrates mental, physical, and spiritual elements.
The term ‘Yoga’ has been derived from the Sanskrit word, ‘Yuj’ which means union. It can be explained as the union of the mind and the body to achieve perfect harmony at the most profound level. it helps us to reach a higher level of consciousness, thought a transformation of the psychic organs.
With regards to the latter, yoga can be viewed as a form of meditation that demands your full attention as you move from one asana (yoga position) to another. As you learn new ways of moving and responding to your body and mind, other areas of your life tend to shift and change as well.
In a sense, you not only become more physically flexible, but your mind and approach to life may gain some needed flexibility as well. Your body and your health will indeed change as you start implementing the correct lifestyle changes, and yoga has received increased attention lately.
Improved Heart Health – One of the Benefits of Yoga:
A number of studies suggest that regular yoga classes can promote heart health. One such study showed it helps improve atrial fibrillation (irregular heartbeat)—a condition in which the upper chambers of your heart quiver chaotically.
Yoga's Impact on Your Mental Health:
Yoga has also been shown to help with a variety of common psychiatric disorders. A meta-analysis of more than 100 studies looking at the effect of yoga on mental health found the practice to have a positive effect on:
· Mild depression
· Sleep problems
· Schizophrenia (among patients using medication)
· ADHD (among patients using medication)
Some of the studies suggest yoga can have a similar effect to antidepressants and psychotherapy, by influencing neurotransmitters and boosting serotonin. More recent research has also found that yoga reduces anxiety and aggression among prison inmates. After doing yoga once a week for 10 weeks, participants reported feeling less stressed, and also scored better on tests of executive control, indicating a higher degree of thoughtfulness and attention to their surroundings.
Other Benefits of Yoga:
- Improved immune function
- Reduced risk for migraines
- Improved sexual performance and satisfaction in both sexes
- Better sleep
- Reduced food cravings
- Affects Fat Metabolism and Weight Loss