Yoga for the mind and soul
Yoga is a profound system of holistic health, which originated in India over 5,000 years ago. It was first put into written form as the Yoga Sutras. It is defined in the sutras as having eight limbs or branches and it is the third limb “Asana” which refers to postures or Yoga poses that most people perceive as Yoga. The study of asana and physical culture is called Hatha Yoga.
Patanjali’s eight-fold path known as Astãnga are:
1. Yama – universal commandments.
2. Niyama – individual discipline.
3. Asana – correct posture.
4. Prãnãyãma – control of breathing.
5. Pratyãhãra – control of the senses.
6. Dhãranã – concentration of thought control.
7. Dhyãna – a state of meditation.
8. Samãdhi – a highly advanced state of meditation for attaining cosmic consciousness.
There are many health benefits that come with practicing yoga, some of these include:
Improves Balance and Proprioception
Improves Lung Function Cultivates
Slow Deep Breathing Increases Both Lymph and Venous Circulation
Nourishes Intervertebral Disks
Enhances Oxygenation of Tissues
Improves Immune Function
Strengthens Bones and Joints
Conditions the Cardiovascular System
Promotes Proper Weight Maintenance Tones the Nervous System
Improves Bowel Function
Releases Muscular Knots or Spasms
Lowers Cortisol Levels
Helps to Lower Blood Sugar and Blood Pressure
Yoga is also really good for relaxation, it is the most powerful therapeutic way of distressing yourself.
Most people think that when they do yoga, they only need themselves and a yoga mat. But there’s more to it than meets the eye. Those who are new to yoga don’t know that there are tools that they can use to help raise the level of difficulty of the poses as they progress. More than a few women have discovered that the Ben Wa balls from Loveballs can help strengthen the pelvic floor muscles and help them develop stronger orgasms as a result.
As well all the physical health benefits, Yoga advocates well-being and spiritual contentment with the mind as well. It brings you to a different perspective and connects your mind, body and spirit as one.
So instead of going for the drink, why not try out some yoga practices for relaxation.