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Myriad Benefits Of Yoga

‘‘I am richer.” I thought he had not understood my question and hence, I repeated it. “What are the benefits that you have experienced after practicing Yoga?” Once again he replied, “I am richer now.” He went on to explain that he was a man who always experienced stress related to his financial condition. At

‘‘I am richer.” I thought he had not understood my question and hence, I repeated it. “What are the benefits that you have experienced after practicing Yoga?” Once again he replied, “I am richer now.”

He went on to explain that he was a man who always experienced stress related to his financial condition. At the time of his joining Yoga class, he was experiencing unprecedented financial difficulties. Yet a few days into Yoga sessions, he felt unburdened. “Though the situation had not changed, something inside me had changed and I was no longer bogged down by the issues. Unlike before, thanks to Yoga practice, I am able to focus on rebuilding my life joyfully, and thus I am richer now.”

Yoga is the union of your body, breath and mind. People flock to Yoga centres for various reasons – to release stress, to treat a back pain, to lose weight etc. We have heard of many common benefits of Yoga, such as

  •   Improved flexibility: Asanas promote long lean muscles that are resilient to injury. Flexibility of body paves way to adaptability of mind, and strength of body goes hand in hand with increase in will power.
  •   Latest research indicates that sitting long hours is almost as injurious to health as smoking. Yoga with its bends, twists and inversions helps undo the damage of poor posture circulation caused by our sedentary lifestyle.
  •   Muscle mass and bone density increase with Yoga postures and, at the same time, it helps burn fat. Weight loss that people often achieve through aerobic activities is often muscle mass loss rather than fat loss.  So, if your health goal is to get lean and toned, Yoga can be ideal. Yoga releases many happy hormones and also brings down cravings.
  •   A primary way body loses fat is through breathing out carbon dioxide. So incorporate breathing techniques like ‘Ujjayi’ and Yogic breathing in your activities to burn fat fast.
  •   Yoga helps combat aches and pains by treating the cause of the pain, be it lactic acid build up, muscle spasm or poor circulation. If the pain cannot be done away with, like in a delivery, Yoga helps you regulate the pain and makes it manageable.
  • n  Improved circulation, better oxygenation, detoxification,  improved immunity, better sleep and youthful skin texture can be achieved by practicing Yoga.
  •   Yoga helps regulate hormones and relax not just physically but also mentally. Digestion and elimination begin to improve.
  •  Mental focus, clarity and ability to learn as well as to multi-task improve with Yoga. It is of great help for children and adults who lack attention.
  •   Lifestyle diseases like diabetes, cardiac problems, asthma and obesity can be wonderfully managed with Yoga. Techniques like Yoga Nidra are helpful for those suffering from fatal diseases.
  •   Even 15 minutes of mindfulness, practiced for a few weeks, can bring about drastic changes in your mental faculties.

But here are some of the unexpected benefits reported by folks at Me Met Me.  One or the other may inspire you to take up Yoga and make it a part of your lifestyle.

  •   I used to get teary-eyed, each time I saw my Ex at work and I tried to avoid her. After a few days of practicing ‘heart opening’ poses,  I walked into an official meeting in which she was also present, and I was fine. I neither felt hurt, nor bitter…Life is good now.
  •   I refused to ride my bike after an accident. But one day, we decided to face our fears, with pranayama and mindfulness techniques. The result: I am back on the wheels now.
  •   Earlier, I was on pills for depression. But now, people who come to my boutique always ask: how do I smile so much?
  •   I have not just lowered my cholesterol, I went on to win a badminton tournament. Yoga has made me agile and stronger.
  •   With Yoga, I now require just half the time to finish my chores.

Yoga is not just asanas, but a lifestyle and a philosophy.

As Yoga Guru B K S Iyengar said,  “Yoga is a light, that once lit will never dim. The better your practice, the brighter your flame.”

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