Yoga is a systematic practice of physical exercise, breath control, relaxation, positive thinking and meditation aimed at developing harmony in the body, mind, and environment. The practice entails physical activity, postures (called asanas), breathing techniques (pranayama), relaxation, and meditation.
Our modern lifestyle requires unreasonable expectations to achieve something in our overworked and overscheduled culture. The tempo of life is fast and we rarely rest in tranquility. Our physical and emotional stability declines day by day. What can yoga contribute to our modern lifestyle?
Benefits of Yoga
Improves your flexibility
Yoga poses work by stretching your muscles. They can help you move better and feel less stiff or tired.
At any level of yoga, you'll probably start to notice benefits soon.
Builds muscle strength
Some styles of yoga, such as Ashtanga and Power yoga, are very physical. Practicing one of these styles will help you improve muscle tone. But even less vigorous styles of yoga, such as Iyengar or Hatha, can provide strength and endurance benefits.
Sitting chained to your desk for hours at a time can lead to lower back pain and bad posture. When you're stronger and more flexible, your posture improves. Most standing and sitting poses develop core strength, since you need your core muscles to support and maintain each pose. With a stronger core, you're more likely to sit and stand "tall."
Yoga also helps your body awareness. That helps you notice more quickly if you're slouching or slumping, so you can adjust your posture.
Improves your balance
Regularly practicing yoga increases the ability to feel what your body is doing and where it is in space) and improves balance.
Relaxes your system
Yoga encourages you to relax, slow your breath, and focus on the present.
A regular practice gets you moving and burns calories, and the spiritual and emotional dimensions of your practice may encourage you to address any eating and weight problems on a deeper level. Yoga may also inspire you to become a more conscious eater.
Increases your self-esteem
Many of us suffer from chronic low self-esteem. If you take a positive approach and practice yoga, you'll sense, initially in brief glimpses and later in more sustained views, that you're worthwhile. If you practice regularly with an intention of self-examination and betterment—you can access a different side of yourself. You'll experience feelings of gratitude, empathy, and forgiveness, as well as a sense that you're part of something bigger.