Yoga exercise gives lots of attention to the back, taking the view that you are as young as your spine. It provides you with a series of gentle exercises that help to increase the flexibility of the various joints of your body, especially between your vertebrae. The asanas also lengthen and release tension from your muscles; they stimulate the lubrication of your ligaments and tendons while messaging your internal organs. Both the physical practice of yoga and the meditation help you to develop enhanced muscle control and balance. The yoga practices work on the various parts of your body in an interrelated and holistic manner that brings you to a state of inner harmony.
Detoxification and Improved Circulation
By gently stretching your muscles and joints as well as massaging the various organs, yoga ensures that an optimum blood supply reaches all parts of your body. It also improves the functioning of your lymphatic system and flushes out toxins. Increased circulation brings added nourishment and oxygen to all the cells of your body. Evidence seems to be accumulating which suggests that the regular practice of yoga can delay the aging process, increase your energy and give you a remarkable zest for life.
When you continually overwork your mind and body, their natural efficiency diminishes. Yoga exercises discourage violent movements and retrain your muscles to let go of tension. Breathing exercises can help to control your mood swings while developing your ability to stay calm in the most stressful situations.
Arthritis and General Stiffness
Yoga’s slow gentle exercises can provide welcome relief to painful joints. The easy stretches, especially when practiced with deep breathing, tend to relieve a great deal of the muscle tension that strains your joints. Many people see yoga and meditation as the perfect anti-arthritis formula – and an overall panacea for general stiffness in the body.
Weight Reduction and Eating Disorders
Asanas themselves do not burn large amounts of calories, but you will probably find that a regular yoga practice can be very useful in weight management. The asanas stimulate sluggish glans to increase their hormonal secretions. They work particularly on the thyroid gland, which in turn affects the metabolism of your entire body. The shoulder stand and the fish posture are especially beneficial for the thyroid gland. Yoga practices tend to reduce anxiety and lead to improved body awareness and self-confidence. This, in turn, reduces anxious and compulsive eating.
Many food obsessions and eating disorders stem from your inability to assimilate energy in healthy ways. Yoga practice enables you to efficiently work with your prana (vital energy), giving you a healthier self-image and enabling you to be more self-reliant and less ‘needy’ energetically.
Written by LexiYoga
Lexi Yoga is a certified yoga instructor in Toronto who loves hot yoga, traveling the world and living in the present moment. She has a 200-hour Hatha Yoga Teachers Training and a 30-hour Yin Yoga Certification. She instructs Yoga videos on her YouTube channel and actively works on her website – LexiYoga.com. Her life mainly consists of – Eat, Sleep & Yoga. You can follow her on Twitter and Facebook to learn more about the healing power of yoga.