What is yoga?
The term Yoga is derived from a Sanskrit word ‘Yuj’ which means join or union. In fact joining the individual self with the divine or universal spirit is called Yoga. It is a science of development of man’s consciousness.
It motivates you towards healthy eating and improves the metabolic blood sugar but also lowers bad cholesterol and bosts good cholesterol. It encourages weight loss and improves the body’s sensitive to insulin.
Importance of Yoga
1. physical purity
Internal organs of our body can be cleaned by various yogic exercises. Basically there are three substances in our body, i.e., Vaat, Pitt and Kaph. There should be a proper balance between these to remain healthy. Jal Neti, Dhyeti Neti, Nauli, Kapaal Bhati keep the internal organs of our body in a clean state.
2. Reduces mental tension
The modern age has disturbed a person’s peace and happiness because of stress and tension. Yogic exercise like Prathahar Dharma, Dhyana play an important role in getting peace of mind. Shavasana, Padmasana, Varjasana and Sidhasana, etc. are beneficial for releasing stress and tension of mind and body.
3. Beautification of Body
Everyone in this “World” wants to have a beautiful body, because it is appreciated by everyone and in every society. Now-a-days obesity is common. Everybody wants to be slim, because overweight people do not feel comfortable in any society. Various Yogic asanas are the best get rid of this problem. Yogasanas make the body strong and perfect. Mayurasana is helpful for facial beauty. Through yogic exercises face becomes so beautiful that one does not require facial creams. In fact, Yoga brightens the face.
4. Reduces Obesity
Obesity is the world wide problem. Obese people fall prey to various diseases. Yogic exercises can help in reducing obesity. For example, pranayama and Tad asanas specially meditative asanas reduce the obesity. Research studies have shown that the obesity is also caused by mental tension and stress. So, by reducing mental tension through meditative asanas obesity can be reduced.
5. Cure and prevention of diseases
Regular practice of Yoga can prevent many diseases like constipation, cold, cough, insomnia, asthma, high blood pressure, arthritis, acidity, heart attack, leprosy, menstrual disorder, back pain. It is highly effective to cure a large number of disorders. Various yogic exercises increase the immunity power of an individual.
6. Postural deformity
If you are not having proper posture, you are not able to perform your work efficiently. We usually put more energy even for simple work. Yogic asanas help in correcting bodies deformities, if perform in regular basis. Dhanurasana is good for stimulating posture for back limbs, nerves, muscles. Sarvangasana, Varjasana, Mayurasana, Bhujangasana, etc. are the best to remove postural deformity.
7. Provides relaxation
To remove fatigue from the body rest and relaxation are essential. Anyone who involves himself/herself in long duration of work gets tired. Shavasana and Makarasana are beneficial for relaxation and also reduce mental fatigue.
8. Improves health
Health is a very important aspect of the Yoga and without a healthy body one cannot attain free mind from feelings of pain or to attain concentration. Yoga helps to maintain and improve health by making the muscles strong, joints flexible and regulate other systems of the body like nervous, respiratory, circulation , excretion and the glandular system. Asanas help in the over-all development of an individual and further in leading a carefree and happy life. Health is a serious aspect in day-to-day life and therefore the practice of yoga makes a valuable contribution in solving various health problem.