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What is Yoga? Understanding The Health Benefits of Yoga.

Tuesday, April 05, 2011
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The Basics Of Yoga - Understanding The Health Benefits of Yoga.

"Yoga teaches us to cure what need not be endured and endure what cannot be cured."
~B.K.S.Iyengar

Yoga is a practice that uses -

Postures
(asanas)
Breathing technique
(pranayama)
Meditation
to relax & strengthen inner body

YOGA is a form of exercise that is based on several scientific principles and is derived from the Sanskrit word “yuj” meaning yoke, to unite or join. In yoga, joining or integrating involves all aspects of the individual - body with mind and mind with soul, to achieve a balanced & productive life.

There are many different types of yoga from gentle to strenuous as well as a new form called power yoga that helps improve circulation in the body from head to toe.

Yoga founded by Patanjali is a scientific system of physical and mental practices that originated in India more than three thousand years ago. Its purpose is to help the body optimize its strength and performance through controlled moves. Yoga can help extend life by making it healthier and more productive.

Yoga provides several additional benefits for the body, structural and functional ones. On the structural level – Yoga helps in aligning vertebrae, increasing flexibility and strengthening muscles, simultaneously on the functional level - the internal organs get toned and rejuvenated; the epidermal, digestive, lymphatic, cardiovascular, and pulmonary systems are purified of toxins and waste matter; the nervous and endocrine systems are balanced and toned; and brain cells are nourished and stimulated.

Overall benefits of yoga are increased mental clarity, emotional stability, and a greater sense of overall wellbeing.

Research has shown that yoga can help alleviate symptoms in people dealing with varying health issues such as back pain, chronic headaches, sleeplessness, obesity, neck aches, upset stomach, anxiety, depression and high blood pressure.

We will be discussing other aspects of yoga in our next article on THE YOGA SERIES...

Parul Bhatnagar, Dietitian
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07 April, 2011 | Vijayalakshmi Iyengar | Reply

Vijayalakshmi Iyengar So true Parul, Yoga benefits the body at all levels -the physical level, physiological level and the psychological level. The pity is we are not disciplined enough to practice it for just an hour on a daily basis and reap the benefits.

06 April, 2011 | Rashmi Prakash | Reply

Rashmi Prakash Can you please suggest places where they teach Power yoga around Marathahalli ring road.

07 April, 2011 | Sangeetha Narayana Swamy | Reply

Sangeetha Narayana Swamy Hello Rashmi,

There are quite a few yoga instructors in and around marathahalli. I am not sure if they also teach power yoga.

Please contact the talking yellow pages on 080-23333333 and get their numbers.

Thank you for your query.

06 April, 2011 | Parul Bhatnagar | Reply

Parul Bhatnagar The best way to relax, reduce stress and boost your health is to include yoga in regular exercise routine. Yoga practice can be tailor made according to your need.People of all age groups can perform yoga.

05 April, 2011 | Vijayalakshmi Iyengar | Reply

Vijayalakshmi Iyengar Today POWER YOGA'is becoming very popular as it combines the benefits of Aerobics & yoga. Wonder if the benefits of yoga perse will get diluted as many benefits ascribed to traditional yoga may not apply.

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