Have you ever considered doing yoga? If not, you might want to reconsider! Yes, you may not have enough time and tons of other matters are constantly keeping your busy. Whatever it may be, one thing is for sure: you are missing out on a great opportunity of not only getting in shape, but of also finding some quality time for yourself.
You must have heard this a lot. Yoga not only makes and keeps you healthy physically, it can also do wonders for your state of mind. Ask any practitioner out there; it won’t even matter what kind of yoga they are doing. They will all tell you the same thing: although it may feel physically tiring, your mind feels refreshed, recharged, reinvigorated.
Why Yoga Is Good For You
There is no secret to this, really. As you know, workouts release endorphins, which in turn account for a person’s good mood. Those who workout are perceived to be happier people, more relaxed, precisely because they are able to “pump off” their stress through the exercise. The same thing can be said for yoga. As it is a workout, you can very well expect to sweat a lot. You will be pushed to the limits of your physicality. Certainly, you must have an inkling of what goes on in a yoga session. There will be a lot of twisting and bending into seemingly impossible shapes using your own body, and all that really is amazing. The more amazing thing, however, is the process of finding out that you can achieve the same Flexibility benefits and grace that you never knew you had before.
It Doesn’t Take Much Time
When it comes to increasing your mental agility, meanwhile, yoga is said to train not only your body but also your mind.See, when you come to a yoga session, the first thing that you would have to do upon stepping on the mat is to clear your mind of everything else. You will literally have to cast your other worries aside. For that hour, hour and a half, of workout, you are required to only think about your body and how you can unite it with your mental will in order to pull off the postures. Intense focus is necessary, otherwise, you’re not going to achieve anything.
Off the mat, this focus that you get familiar with is said to be very useful as well, as it helps you become more patient, more organized, and more clear with your thought process. Ill-tempered people are said to develop more restraint because of the patience they acquire from doing the postures. More importantly, they become more productive because they get used to zoning in on the task before them, which is pretty much what they need when pulling off postures.
A Brief History Of Yoga
To give you a brief backgrounder about yoga, it originated in India several thousands of years ago. Practitioners then used the exercise to unify their body and mind. Actually, that is the true essence of yoga. Ancient Hindus believed that Nirvana can only be attained if their physical body and their mind are in sync. Through this unification, the soul is then elevated through the different chakras, or energy points. Each and every yoga posture, therefore, is geared towards a person working his way to achieving that state of Nirvana. This is important to them because they believed that it is only in Nirvana that they can be one with their ultimate God, Brahman.
That’s a lot of heavy spiritual connotations right there, but regardless of whether or not you ascribe to that belief, what’s undeniable is that yoga has been found to be very good for one’s health. Although the West may not be very big on all these spiritual cleansing, mind-body unification concepts, they sure are big on fitness and health. So when yoga crossed over to the western shores, but identified as a physical workout, that’s when it really began to gather fans.
The trend continues up until today, and new practitioners just keep coming in day by day. The appeal is that yoga does help in weight management, as well in the rehabilitation of those with Sore muscles recovery and rickety bones. Of course, everything must be well-supervised by an expert yoga practitioner, especially if the student is new to the practice.