“The traditional purpose of Yoga, however, has always been to bring about a profound transformation in the person through the transcendence of the ego” (Fleuerstein 3)
Yoga has many more benefits other than increasing flexibility and strength. It’s exact history and origins are uncertain, however it is widely believed it originated from the East. Yoga originally focused on applying and understanding the world as well as attaining self-enlightenment. Modern day yoga is comprised of five principles.
- Proper exercise
- Proper relaxation
- Proper breathing
- Proper diet
- Proper thinking and meditation
Since yoga has been more than just a way of teaching, there are many aspects that encompass the lifestyle. In addition to meditation techniques, healthy eating, bathing and social habits are a vital part of the overall well being that relates to yoga.
There are many health benefits that can help people of all ages. It can lower your stress and improve your mood by using meditation techniques to focus your mind and your breathing. This can be a major stress reliever for those who have constant “mind chatter”. By deep breathing exercises oxygen levels are raised in the body, and as a result you are left feeling happier and more centered.
The risk of injury is also lowered. Vigorous exercises such as running have rapid movements that increase the risk for injury. While these exercises are important in maintaining a healthy lifestyle, it is important to also incorporate lower impact exercises that help to relax realign, and release tension the body.
Yoga also helps you lose weight. A major contributor to weight gain is stress, and yoga help is relieving stress while also acting as a form of exercise. Flexibility is also great for improving flexibility. Yoga safely stretches your muscles and other soft tissue like ligaments and tendons. Your range of motion is increased and this can help with preventing injuries and lower back pain.
Practicing yoga is a great way to improve muscle tone and strength. Standing poses strengthen upper leg muscles and the lower back. Also poses such as the downward
and upward dog and the plank strengthen the core.
Posture is also improved because by maintaining a healthy weight, and also strengthening your back muscles and abdominals you can fully support your weight and be able to sit and stand correctly. If practiced correctly, yoga has many benefits for physical wellness and also spiritual wellness.