You may very well know what yoga looks like, but it offers so much more when you delve into the meaning and benefits that it gives you for health and wellness.
Yoga is a Sanskrit word that means union of the mind, body and spirit. While it has many physical benefits, it can actually filter throughout your life and have a tremendous positive effect on your well being.
More relaxation, better sleep, better focus in tense situations, better posture and an inner peace are just a few benefits that scratch the surface.
More Relaxation For Better Sleep – Life can be full of stress, from the minute we wake up in the morning until the minute we lay back down at night. Family, bills, work and dealing with many different personalities throughout the day can take a tremendous toll on your inner peace.
The breathing techniques of Yoga are great stress relievers in that they help remove negative feelings and emotions from your mind. 15 minutes of yoga breathing daily can help you prepare for the day, and find that peaceful calm at the end of the day.
The breathing techniques of yoga, however, do not have to be limited to a single yoga session. Yoga breathing can be done anywhere, any place and anytime. This especially comes in handy during those stressful times at work.
Yoga has been known to reduce muscle tension, calm the mind and slow the heart rate. These are all very important for getting a good night sleep.
It’s up to you when you choose to do yoga, but in terms of better rest, doing yoga an hour before you go to sleep can work wonders for how you wake up the following morning.
Calms The Mind – As stated before, yoga calms the mind. It’s chaos of the mind that ages us prematurely. It’s chaos of the mind that stresses us out, causes us to medicate and indulge in things that eventually hurt us in the long run. And it’s chaos of the mind that causes us to lose sleep, slouch, over eat and spiral into an indulgence of destructive thinking and behavior.
Studies have shown that a few sessions of yoga per week increase work productivity, better sleep patterns and an overall functionality of the body.
Better Posture – The standing and sitting postures of yoga are outstanding for developing core strength and better overall posture. Your core strength is in many ways directly related to your lower back, which is the base for good posture. Movements like downward facing dog are great for stretching your spine while the interchanging involved in the position has a contracting effect on your core.
Slouching has never been good for the back and it has been said by many that people feel a difference in their breathing and posture shortly after a few sessions.
Figuring out how to turn the noise off in the mind is the key to inner serenity and yoga can be an aid to do this very thing.