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In this section we look at the health benefits of a regular yoga practice, and its importance in maintaining a positive mental outlook.

The connection between physical and mental health goes beyond simple optimism, and can positively influence your chances of success and happiness. The state of your health has the single greatest effect on the condition of your mind.

Something amazing happens when we do yoga regularly. The focus and breath work that are integral to yoga brings us back in touch with our body. It changes something inside of us that makes us want to take better care of ourselves.

Contrary to what has been said about yoga, the poses are not simply about physical stamina; how far you can reach to touch your toes or how many repetitions you can perform. Yoga is about paying attention to your body and what messages it is sending.

The expression ďNo pain, No gainĒ does not apply here. If you are feeling pain, it means you are pushing your body beyond its limits, which can result in injury and frustration.

If all you can do at first is to sit on your mat and breathe with total awareness, you are doing yoga correctly.

Yoga is not just about the poses, itís a way of living. Itís about paying attention to our posture, our breath, of being conscious of what we eat, what we say, what we think. This is all yoga.

Modern scientists confirm the benefits of yoga for general health and well being, as well as a therapy for certain medical conditions. Yogis have known this for thousands of years.

Listed below are some of the benefits of a regular practice of yoga postures, breathing, and meditation:

  • flexibility
  • strength
  • endurance
  • better sleep
  • weight loss
  • improved mood, relief from depression
  • a sense of well-being
  • better posture
  • increased concentration
  • improved circulation
  • regulated blood pressure
  • toned muscles
  • calms irritable bowel syndrome and colitis
  • improved lung capacity
  • stimulates the internal organs
  • improved digestion
  • strengthened immune system
  • improved balance
  • reduces tension
  • decreases anxiety

Yoga for health.   It works.

Namaste

 


 

Please Note:   People with certain medical conditions should not do certain poses.
For example, people with disc disease of the spine, extremely high or low blood pressure, glaucoma, retinal detachment, fragile or atherosclerotic arteries, a risk of blood clots, ear problems, severe osteoporosis, or cervical spondylitis should avoid some inverted poses.
Always check with your doctor before starting any new physical fitness program.