Benefits of Yoga

Benefits of Yoga

yoga benefits
The most important benefit of yoga is physical and mental therapy. The aging process can be slowed down by practicing yoga. By keeping the body clean, flexible and well lubricated, we can significantly reduce the catabolic process of cell deterioration.

To get the maximum benefits of yoga one has to combine the practices of yogasanas, pranayama and meditation.Regular practice of asanas, pranayama and meditation can help such diverse ailments such as diabetes, blood pressure, digestive disorders, arthritis, arteriosclerosis, chronic fatigue, asthma, varicose veins and heart conditions.

Weight Reduction
Regular yoga practice can help in weight management. Firstly, some of the asanas stimulate sluggish glands to increase their hormonal secretions. The thyroid gland, especially, has a big effect on our weight because it affects body metabolism. There are several asanas, such as the shoulder stand and the fish posture, which are specific for the thyroid gland. Fat metabolism is also increased, so fat is converted to muscle and energy. This means that, as well as losing fat, you will have better muscle tone and a higher vitality level.

Yogic practices that reduce anxiety tend to reduce anxious eating. In addition, yoga deep breathing increases the oxygen intake to the body cells, including the fat cells. This causes increased oxidation or burning up of fat cells. Yogic exercises induce more continuous and deeper breathing which gradually burns, sometimes forcefully, many of the calories already ingested

Psychological benefits

Regular yoga practice creates mental clarity and calmness, increases body awareness, relieves chronic stress patterns, relaxes the mind, centers attention and sharpens concentration.

Complete Detoxification – By gently stretching muscles and joints as well as massaging the various organs, yoga ensures the optimum blood supply to various parts of the body. This helps in the flushing out of toxins from every nook and cranny as well as providing nourishment up to the last point. This leads to benefits such as delayed ageing, energy and a remarkable zest for life.

Excellent toning of the muscles – Muscles that have become flaccid, weak or slothy are stimulated repeatedly to shed excess flab and flaccidity.

Benefits of yoga at a glance

  • Brings down stress and enhances powers of relaxation
  • Boosts physical strength, stamina and flexibility
  • Bestows greater powers of concentration and self control
  • Inculcates impulse Control
  • Helps in rehabilitation of old and new injuries
  • Intensifies tolerance to pain and enhancing mental clarity
  • Boosts functioning of the immune system
  • Enhances posture and muscle tone
  • Improves blood circulation
  • Results in healthy, glowing skin
  • Cleanses and improves overall organ functioning
  • Bestows peace of mind and a more positive outlook to life
  • Infuses a sense of balance and internal harmony

Sanjana M Shenoy is a A dietitian from Mangalore, Karnataka, India. Having worked as a Dietitian for the Manipal Group of Hospitals namely KMC hospital Mangalore, India.She is also a consultant for corporate's like Infosys and others, conducting talks and presentations for various associations and local television shows.She consults at her Diet and Nutrition clinic "Nutrihealth" in Mangalore.Also is a visiting consultant to various hospitals in and around Mangalore and also runs an active online consultation.

One Reply to “Benefits of Yoga”

  1. YOGA.

    When talking of yoga, one should first know that you are never too young or too old to practice yoga and reap the health benefits of yoga.The benefits of yoga has been given in detail in the above article. Join a yoga class and find out for yourself as to how yoga can improve your health . You will then, within a short time of practice, start realising that yoga can surpass those of any other physical activity.

    One has to make time daily for yoga. For one, 23 hours are enough and more to do his or her daily chores and snatching away an hour a day is not going to matter at all for yoga practice. Yoga is a great art.

    As everybody knows, modern life is exceedingly wearing. The noise, the excitement, the hurry, the competition, irregular hours of work, hard and tough present day acedemic studies, anxieties and worries, lack of proper and nutritive food as well as physical exercise, all make a heavy tax on the natural condition of both body and mind of one, soon resulting in a breakdown of health.

    One can however definitely remain unaffected by the above evils of modern civilization, if one snatches an hour a day out of the 24 hours one has , take to yoga and perform daily the exercises faithfully, initially with the guidance of a tutor, and at the same time take care of his or her diet strictly, and also make proper use of the God given sunshine and open air.

    To start with, it is enough if one practices yoga. Meditation can be taken up after getting fairly good training in yoga.


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