in Sanskrit means
to completely know yourself and to be at peace with yourself.
To be at peace with yourself means freedom of all suffering, freedom of all confusion, freedom of all doubt.
Yoga is a way of living that aims towards a healthy mind in a healthy body. Yoga promotes a balanced development of mental and spiritual beings.
Types of Yoga
There are different types of yoga practicing and most of them include “asanas” (postures) “pranayama” (breathing) and meditation.
Ashtanga and Hatha Yoga are the basis of Yoga, but also there are new types of Yoga developed in the 70’ or 80’ such as Vinyasa, Kundalini or Bikram Yoga.
Also, Pilates is a practice from the end of the XIX century that is inspired in Yoga.
Yoga in your Mind
Scientific at Boston University School of Medicine made a research about how Yoga can increase GABA levels in a 27% compared with other activities, this means that it may counteract anxiety and other psychiatric disorders. (LINK)
Yoga also helps improve the frequency and severity of PTSD.
Also, Yoga relieves stress, sharpens attention and concentration and calms and centers of the nervous system.
Practicing yoga personally and adopting a stance based on yoga principles such as non-judgment, compassion, spirituality and the connection of all living things can help relieve stress and enhance compassion.
Yoga in our body
Yoga is a great way to improve your flexibility, for example before yoga if you were unable to touch your toes, after a month you will be able to do it.
Also, your muscles will be stronger and you will also be looking good, you will be protecting yourself from arthritis and back pain.
blood pressure, if you suffered from high blood pressure practicing
yoga can drop your blood pressure levels. Also increases your blood
flow, making your cells get more oxygen and in this way promoting
more oxygen to all your organs.
When you contract and stretch muscles, move organs around, and come in and out of yoga postures, you increase the drainage of lymph.
Regarding back issues, yoga helps you have better balance, fight with back pain and a have a better posture.
Asana and pranayama probably improve immune function, but, so far, meditation has the strongest scientific support in this area. It appears to have a beneficial effect on the functioning of the immune system, boosting it when needed (for example, raising antibody levels in response to a vaccine) and lowering it when needed (for instance, mitigating an inappropriately aggressive immune function in an autoimmune disease like psoriasis)
The benefits of breathing are amazing for our health.
The ancient yoga philosophy considers breathing a fundamental tool to enhance one’s well-being and treat depression and a number of diseases. It is a bridge between the mind and the body. By reaching good breathing techniques you can slow down your heart rate, clean your lungs, reduce anxiety, improve your energy level. There are different breathing techniques such as:
Is all about rapid inhaling and exhaling so that your body gets the maximum amount of oxygen. It helps to increase the circulation of blood in the entire body and helps energize the mood.
Anulom Vilom pranayama:
Cleans the pranic channels and makes the prana flow freely in the entire body. Alternates nostrils are very good for asthma and anxiety.
is a state of profound deep peace that occurs when the mind is calm
and silent to be free of any though.
Normally it is very difficult to approach at least five minutes of clear pure mind without any thought. Is not impossible but there is a hard work behind a real meditative state of the mind and the best way to get it is by regular practicing and also adding breathing techniques before the meditation can help.
Meditation also is a big help in reducing free radicals.
So, now that you know, don’t wait anymore and start your practice.