Sports & Exercise Nutrition

International Yoga Day – 6 Benefits of Yoga You Shouldn’t Miss

Did you know “June 21” was declared as the International Day for Yoga by the United Nations General Assembly on December 11, 2014?

Let’s talk about yoga from a general perspective – everything you need to know.

International Yoga Day

For most of us, the term “Yoga” might appear as a very fancy and modern term, but actually Yoga has an ancient history. It began more than 3,000 years ago in India.

The word yoga is taken from the Sanskrit language (ancient language from east). It is derived from the word “Yuj” which means “Yoke”. The whole term can be interpreted as a practice to unite the mind, body and spirit.

Yoga includes many physical exercises and body postures but its approach is not just limited to exercises.  It also includes an over life balance. The balance over one’s own mind and body.  Those who attain this balance, are able to connect with their inner spirituality, which is the ultimate goal of the yoga lifestyle.

Now we all have a similar question on our mind …

How can this balance be achieved through yoga?

Meditation is one important way, but to make yourself prepared for meditation you need to undergo various body building, stretching and posture regaining exercises. All these exercise done prior to meditation is termed as “YOGA”. Each and every “Asana” done in yoga has a physical health benefit.

Many of you think that yoga is like any other physical exercise which only includes stretching. Yes, Yoga certainly involves stretching, but it requires proper body balance, strength and flexibility along with stretching.

Yoga Classes

Usually the time span of yoga class ranges from 1 – 1½ hours. Participants often practice yoga on a plastic sheet or a rubber mat. These mats helps to keep the energy generated during yoga within the body.

A typical yoga class starts with some breathing and warm up exercises. Followed by certain Yoga postures, movements and stretches. Various relaxation exercises are practiced in between the yoga asana to provide an ease in body parts. Meditation is an integral part of yoga some yoga instructors dedicate their classes more to meditation than physical exercises. A true dedicated Yoga class includes inspirational readings and mental focus.

Benefits of yoga

  1. Yoga helps to enhance vitality, generate focus, sharpen memory and increase productivity.
  2. It helps in stabilizing the body, mind and emotions.
  3. Yoga helps to strengthen and stabilize your spine.
  4. It relieves back pain, stress, anxiety and tension.
  5. It also helps to relieve various chronic ailments which improves overall health.
  6. It imparts a lasting sense of joy, gives peace to your mind and a sense of fulfillment.

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Updated: Jun 21, 2016

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