Yoga has great healing effect on our mind, body and soul.
Yoga for Physical health
Many studies have shown that Yoga has extensive effect on healing asthma. Maintenance of yogic body postures or asanas, Yogic cleansing procedures or kriyas, and yogic breathing practices or pranayama give good result in healing any kind of pulmonary function and asthma.
High Blood Pressure
When yogic breathing, relaxation techniques, and bio-feedback process is practiced combined, then it is highly effective in lowering blood pressure. It also reduces the need for high blood pressure medication for those people who are the patient of high blood pressure.
Pain Management including Back Pain
Yoga is helpful in reducing pain by stimulating the brain's pain center as it regulates the gate-controlling mechanism in the spinal cord and the natural painkillersâ€™ secretion in the body. Breathing exercises in yoga helps to reduce pain. Because muscles relax when you are exhaling, and thus, exhalation can help increase relaxation and reduce tension. Relaxation process and meditation in yoga helps to reduce pain.
While it is the matter of Back Pain, Yoga prevents back pain by increasing flexibility and strength. Various elements of yoga help to ease back pain:
Asanas or Postures -With the practice of different Yoga movements and stretching, our flexibility of body increases. Yoga also helps to correct the bad body posture.
Pranayama (Breathing Exercises) - Breathing can affect our spinal cord in various ways, like ribsâ€™ movement and pressure changes within the chest and abdomen. Exhaling helps to relax muscles.
Meditation - Relaxation in meditation reduces stress mentally and it physiologically affects our back pain.
Yogaâ€™s gentle exercises are effective in relieving arthritis as it gives relief to the joints. Yogaâ€™s slow-motion movements and gentle pressures are helpful to reach deep into troubled joints.
Many asanas stimulate sluggish glands to increase their hormonal secretions. For example, our thyroid gland has a big effect on our weight and it affects body metabolism. Different asanas like the shoulder stand and the fish posture are the best for the thyroid gland. Deep breathing in yoga increases the oxygen intake to the body cells, including the fat cells. This causes increased oxidation or burning up of fat cells. Yogic practices calm down our mind. Thus, it helps to reduce overeating habit related to anxiety.
According to yoga philosophy, it's the flexibility of the spine, not the number of years, which determines a person's age. Yoga slows down the aging process by giving elasticity to the spine, removing tension from the body, firming up the skin, strengthening the abdominal muscles, improving the tone of flabby arm muscles, eliminating the possibility of a double chin, preventing dowager's hump, correcting poor posture, and other age related problems.
Yoga for Mental Health Mental Performance
One important technique in yoga is breathing through a single nostril at one time. According to many Yoga experts, practicing breathing through single nostril on regular basis helps to improve connection between the left and right side of the brain. Yoga helps to enhance our cognitive performance.
Yoga helps to reduce depression, nervousness, irritability and confusion, and mental fatigue.
Due to yoga's beneficial effect on the nervous system and in particular the brain, quality of our sleep will improves. Certain yoga asanas increase the blood supply to the sleep center in the brain, which has the effect of normalizing the sleep cycle.
Yoga for Beauty
Regular yoga practice can surely ensure shapely figure, graceful carriage, melodious voice, glowing face, toned skin and charming smile.
Yoga for Women
Generally, avoid Yoga Poses during the menstrual period; however practice of certain Yoga Poses will help in moderating excess flow.
All the Yoga Poses can be practiced during the first three months of the pregnancy. All the standing poses and the forward bending Yoga Poses may be done with mild movements, for at this time the spine should be made strong and elastic and no pressure be felt on the abdomen.
After delivery, no Yoga poses should be practiced during the first month after delivery. Thereafter, they may be practiced mildly, gradually increase the course and after 3 months all Yoga poses can be practiced with comfort. Other Health benefit from Yoga
Yoga also has strong effect on other ailments like:
Things to remember in Yoga
Practicing Yoga regularly is very important
Choosing expert yoga instructor is mandatory
Certain diseases like diabetes and heart disorders are not completely cured by Yoga. But Yoga helps to manage these diseases temporarily
Taking care of the diet along with asanas is very much advisable