The practice of yoga originated in ancient India and since then has been something that many people participate in the world. As the popularity of yoga practice spreads to the rest of the world, more people are starting to see the positive impact that it brings to our health. Modern yoga focuses on the 3 core elements of yoga practice, which are physical postures, breathing exercises, and spiritual contemplation. This blend of physical and mental exercise is believed to bring health advantages, such as improving strength, flexibility, boosting heart and lung function, and enhancing psychological well-being.
Personally, I practice yoga as a form of exercise and I often wonder about the benefits of practicing yoga. Doctors have recommended me to practice yoga to help with my mild scoliosis condition, which I did find helpful in terms of reducing backache and maintaining a better posture.
According to research, contemporary studies have shown that yoga is a unique combination of activities and it is difficult to determine which activity is producing a specific health benefit. However, researchers have found that practicing yoga can help improve heart health, improve mood, reduces chronic pain, improve breathing, and decreases stress. Many people that practice yoga has also said that it can greatly benefit you in terms of building the flexibility and strength of your body.
A lot of yoga exercises involve stretching and twisting our bodies. Twisting our body according to yoga postures stretches multiple muscle groups. Stretching can change the water content of these muscles, ligaments, and tendons, making them more elastic.
Regular stretching can stimulate stem cells. Stem cells differentiate into new muscle tissue and other cells that generate elastic collagen for the body. Frequent stretching can reduce the body’s natural reflex, improving pain tolerance, increasing flexibility and mobility. Stretching is an activity that is often suggested by health care professionals, to help reduce aching of the body and it is proven to work!
Yoga’s combination of physical exercise and regimented breathing has also proven similarly health-giving for lung health. People with chronic bronchitis, emphysema and asthma have discovered that practicing yoga can be healing to their lung health. This is because breathing exercise helps to relax muscles constricting breathing ways and improve oxygen diffusion.
People with weak heart muscles and difficulty with pumping oxygen throughout the body can do breathing exercises to help increase the blood’s oxygen content. Whereas, people with healthy hearts can do breathing exercises to help lower blood pressure and reduce risk factors for cardiovascular disease.
As we all know, the process of yoga involves exercising, reflecting, and relaxing. Long-term yoga practice can help our minds achieve peace. I find that it worked for me, especially on days where I have a hectic working schedule. I often find myself relaxed when doing yoga, even if the poses are very challenging. I was able to control my breathing better as time goes by and I can also stretch better while doing challenging yoga poses.
Yoga can relax your body muscles, reduce fatigue and improve your mental health. Besides that, many people have also thought that practicing yoga may even boost self-confidence and self-esteem. This is what attracted the interest of many people because yoga focuses on both mental wellness and physical wellness.
Give it a Go
Yoga is such a rewarding method of exercise. I strongly encourage you to include yoga as part of your exercise routine. Even if you are only doing yoga for 30 minutes a day, it can still help improve your health in many ways. Get ready to exercise, reflect and relax.