Yoga helps us in achieving all-round fitness. The key benefits of yoga are –
Holistic fitness package : Yoga helps with postures, pranayama (breathing techniques) and meditation and is a holistic fitness package.
Weight loss : Sun Salutations and Kapal Bhati pranayama are some ways to help lose weight with yoga. Moreover, regular practice of yoga, help keep a check on weight.
Stress relief : A few minutes of yoga during the day can be a great way to get rid of stress that accumulates daily - in both the body and mind.
Inner peace : Yoga is also one of the best ways to calm a disturbed mind.
Improved immunity : Yoga poses massage organs and strengthen muscles; breathing techniques and meditation release stress and improve immunity.
Living with greater awareness : Yoga and pranayama help create that awareness and bring the mind back to the present moment, where it can stay happy and focused.
Happy Mind : Yoga and meditation work on keeping the mind happy and peaceful. Through the help of Yoga you can get back the peace of your mind and caress away the negative thoughts that burden your soul. Yoga helps you to connect to your spiritual self. Your brain is a muscle and requires exercise to function better. Yoga is the best form of exercise for enhancing brain function. Yoga regulates the nerve vagus which deals with the mood and stress levels of your body. A strong and clear mind increases self-awareness, focus, disciple, memory, and the ability to empathize with others. The whole process of yoga is to transcend the limitation of the mind. As long as you are in the mind, you are ruled by the past, because the mind is just an accumulation of the past. The whole effort of spiritual sciences has always been how to transcend the mind, how to look at life beyond the limitations of the mind. If you’re not up for a full routine of yoga poses, you can also try practicing mindfulness meditation. It involves learning to accept your thoughts, emotions, and feelings and relies on you to develop an awareness of the sensation you’re experiencing in the present, which is extremely relaxing and calming.
Increased energy : A few minutes of yoga everyday provides the secret to feeling fresh and energetic even after a long day.
Better flexibility & posture : Regular yoga practice stretches and tones the body muscles and also makes them strong. It also helps improve your body posture when you stand, sit, sleep or walk. Working for long hours on a desk could not only hurt your spine but also make you feel tired. We are engaged in many activities during the day and we forget the way we sit, walk or, the way we sleep. And that’s the reason we end up with pain in different parts of the body. By practicing some easy yoga poses regularly and also by simply being aware of the way you stand, sit or walk, you can get free yourself of body problems.
Stretch muscles can help you prevent injuries, back pain, and balance problems. Yoga incorporates many stretching movements that tone your body muscles and make them stronger.
Better intuition : Yoga and meditation have the power to improve your intuitive ability so that you effortlessly realize what needs to be done, when and how, to yield positive results.
Concentration and Creativity : Creativity occurs in the moment, and at the moment, we are timeless. - Julia Cameron, The Artists Way: A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity. Yoga opens up the doors of imagination and creativity. It helps you to focus and improved concentration.
Personal Relationships : Building physical stamina with exercise could positively affect your romantic life by helping you meet your partner’s expectations when it came to sex. You can try with your partner a couples yoga class, which can help you feel more satisfied and can increase intimacy as it requires new levels of trust, communication, and connection. Also, learning new skills together allows couples to have more fun while slowing down, spending quality time, and sharing a meaningful experience.
Helps You Sleep Better : Yoga helps in reducing stress and creates a routine which in turn makes a regular sleeping pattern. A relaxed body gets a deeper and more peaceful sleep. We all know, that sleep plays an important role in our life. It’s involved in healing and repairs the heart and blood vessels, supports brain metabolism, as well as supports learning, improving memory, mood.
Reduces Anxiety and depression : Several studies and research has shown that yoga can help ease anxiety and depression. In my case, it helped. It’s also good to know that yoga alone should not be considered as the only treatment option. It should combine with meditation and in extreme cases appealing to the therapy.