Bending around yoga
Published: Monday, November 16, 2009
Updated: Monday, November 16, 2009 10:11
Yoga is best defined by dictionary.com as a school of Hindu philosophy advocating and prescribing a course of physical and mental disciplines for attaining liberation from the material world and union of the self with the Supreme Being or ultimate principle. For centuries, people have practiced this art and have seen tremendous results of all kinds.
When people hear the word "yoga" they think it is only about spirituality and the mind, but that is not true. It can help people in several other ways, which have long lasting affects unlike medicine. People need a permanent escape from problems, and yoga can do that for everyone.
Yoga has a plethora of other benefits as well. It not only provides liberation, it also helps in absolute detoxification of the body. Practicing yoga stretches muscles and joints. In addition to this, it massages all organs, which ensure blood supply to all parts of our body. This provides benefits such as delayed aging and fervor for living a fulfilling life. This prevents us from tearing ourselves down.
Furthermore, yoga also has quantum emotional health benefits. This includes calmness, memory, attention, social skills, concentration, and self-control. Regular practice teaches that the goal is not perfection, but self-acceptance. Most people want things to be done perfectly when in reality, none of us have control over external forces. During practice sessions, when people focus on their body movements, it provides disengagement from our thoughts, which results in calmness.
The focus on our poses and breathing sharpens the ability to focus on the tasks at end. After awhile, a person's emancipation journey evolves into learning to see the connection of the entire community, thus resulting in improved social skills. When we control our movements in yoga, it also teaches us self-control and helps implement it. Research also shows that a minimum of eight weeks of Yoga results in better concentration.
Yoga also has ample medical benefits, such as prevention of osteoporosis, Alzheimer's, type two diabetes, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), allergies, menopause, and back pain. Yoga has the ability to reduce the levels of cortisol in bones, which keeps calcium in the bones and prevents diseases like osteoporosis. It can also increase gamma-amino-butyric (GABA) levels in the brain. A low level of GABA is an initial sign of Alzheimer's. Further practice can promote the production of insulin in pancreas reducing the chances of getting type two diabetes.
Moreover, people with OCD, after consistently practicing yoga, need less medication. The breathing exercises clear out the nasal passages and lessen allergies. Gurus of yoga claim that people with persistent back pain can find relief after backward and forward bends, but in this situation consulting the doctor first is important because some exercises might make the pain worse.
I believe that by simply practicing yoga, we can avoid visits to the doctor's office and live a healthy life without complications. It is actually a gift to mankind that such an exercise exists, which is a simple remedy for old and modern day diseases. The good news is everyone can save a lot of money spent on medical dilemmas in our lifetime. After all, everyone wants to stay young and fresh forever.