Yoga is a 5000-year-old art if not a science which originated in India. It is derived from the word ‘Yuj’ meaning a union of our own consciousness with the ultimate or the divine consciousness. Many have notions about yoga being a physical exercise where people stress their body in the most complex way, but this is the most superficial aspect of this science of unfolding the uncountable potentials of the human mind and soul.
• Complete Health:
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar said and I quote, “Health is not a mere absence of disease. It is a dynamic expression of life – in terms of how joyful, loving and enthusiastic you are”.
This means that health is dependent of physical, mental and social well-being. And from practices like Asanas to meditation, Yoga helps you achieve complete fitness.
• Stress Relief:
Stress induces a hormone in the body called cortisol. Excess of cortisol in the body can suppress thyroid function, increase blood pressure and decrease muscle tissue. Yoga helps our body to reduce this hormone as it has been medically proven that Yoga can activate the parasympathetic nervous system. We accumulate a lot of stress during the day at work and home and we must get this stress out of our body as soon as possible.
• Mental Awareness:
Our mind constantly plays tricks on us. It is either wondering about the future or caught up in the past. We must first accept the fact that the most important time is now and we must not let our mind tense itself over events that have not happened yet or something that happened a long time ago.
Yoga helps your mind stay in the present and helps you clear negative thoughts. It helps you believe that the most important time is now and that is the best place for your mind to be.
• Having Better Relationships:
Dealing with emotions is a sensitive matter and a tensed mind can surely not do that. Yoga can help you keep your mind happy and peaceful. A mind that is happy and content would be a better choice when dealing with sensitive issues than a stressed one.
• Increased Energy:
At work or at home, people generally find themselves tired in the middle of the day. Whenever you feel this, a 10-15 minute yoga session from a reputed teacher (physical or virtual) can fill you up with energy and help you live out the day at your best efficiency.
• Better Flexibility:
Most people starting Yoga can’t even touch their toes but as you go further into sessions you realize that you now can achieve postures that you could never dream of when you started. Your back doesn’t pain anymore like it did the first few weeks. That is what Yoga does, it gives your body a better shape makes it more flexible and builds your muscle strength.
• Makes You Better At Work:
Yoga takes you into a place of stillness and peace. This gives you a lot of time to think. And it is no surprise that a creative and active person would excel at his work. Yoga according to many studies increases your brain capacity because when you perform breathing exercises you ensure a good oxygen supply to your brain.