"I do yoga so that I can stay flexible enough to kick my own arse if necessary". - Betsy Canas Garmon
You have probably heard that yoga is good for you. Maybe you have even tried yoga and discovered that it makes you feel better. But what are the specific health benefits you can expect to enjoy from doing yoga regularly? I started my practice of Yoga almost a year ago and can (tell from my own experience) assure you that Yoga is a most valuable treasure of knowledge which was ever presented to us. To those new to Yoga, it is a science that has been practiced for thousands of years. It is consists of Ancient Theories, observations and principles about the mind and body connections which are now being proven by modern medicine.
Yoga is a powerful natural tool, which has a very profound effect on the human body. The Sankskrit term 'yoga' often is translated as 'yoke' or 'union.' Whilst practising Yoga, the student works toward a union of the mental and physical self. It works towards enhancing flexibility, lubrication of the joints, tendons and ligaments. You would be surprised to know that yoga is the only medium through which you can offer a massage to all the internal glands and organs of your body so it also works towards a complete detoxification of the body and toning of the muscles. Yoga is one of the best ways to keep your body free from diseases. For example something as simple as deep yogic-breathing can prevent common diseases such as insomnia, asthma and diabetes.
Yoga is also very different from other forms of exercise. It not only improves your fitness level but also improves your brain activity. The practice of yoga is designed to help the body and mind work together for the benefit of both. While the action of an activity such as running or any gym work out is repetitive emphasizing specific muscle groups, yoga is holistic, requiring the entire body to work in balance, promoting equal opportunity among all muscles as well as bringing mental calmness, increasing concentration and creativity, boosting immunity, providing flexibility and agility. The muscular strength and flexibility that comes from partaking in yoga means that you gain more benefit from other types of exercise. You will better able to participate in sport and your body won't feel as sore after an aerobics class or workout hence you'll be able to achieve more while taking longer to tire out.
Whether you are currently exercising or not, think about how your routine could be enriched by paying more attention to your breath, a mindful exercise that synchronizes movement and breath that has the power to change more than you think.
And as Bob Harper (fitness specialist in Los Angeles) mentions "Yoga is the fountain of youth. You're only as young as your spine is flexible."
Open your heart and mind to the new experience as Yoga will energize your mind and body leaving your forever young in spirit, mind and body whilst knowing that Yoga is effective for anyone of any age and fitness level.