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Health Benefits Of Yoga: Practice For Physical & Mental Wellness

New Delhi: Recent research shows that physically active yoga benefits people with mental health issues, and eases depressive symptoms in them. However, it is not just not depression, yoga helps with a whole range of physical and mental wellness issues, especially during a global health crisis.

“In our busy, stressful daily routine, amidst the hustle of work, we often let things that matter fade into the noise. Our minds are constantly on a move but our bodies are often not. We have tried tiresome diet plans and all kinds of fasting walks but kept stressing about that meeting we have tomorrow, all with minimum results and even lesser benefits. The COVID-19 pandemic is almost like a wakeup call, to start building up our immunity, to take a step towards a healthier lifestyle. Staying fit does not necessarily translate to achieving the perfect body or having the best pair of abs. Fitness, contrary to popular belief, is an amalgamation of a healthy mind, body and soul. And Yoga is the perfect fit,” Dr Manoj Kutteri, Wellness Director at Atmantan Wellness Centre told IANSlife.

An over 4000-year-old practice, Yog or Yoga, is not only a catalyst in our journey to fitness but also benefits our mind and inner wellness. A great mode of relaxation, meditation is an integral part of Yoga, too. It helps keep an individual centred and has proven to improve concentration as well as reduce stress.

Here’s what yoga has to offer.

Healthier Muscles

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Most times, Yoga and flexibility become synonymous, and rightly so. However, it not only the magic of doing a split or backbend, you will notice a gradual decline in joint pains and muscular aches. Yoga helps build stronger muscles that aid in conditions like arthritis and back pain. Postures like downward facing dog (Adho Mukha Svanasana) and upward facing dog (Urdhva Mukha Svanasana) better your bone health focusing on your arm area and keep osteoporosis at bay.

 

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Welcome to Day 2 of @sistersofyoga #SOYMindYourHealth challenge with Downward Facing Dog / Adho Mukha Svanasana offered by @yogasihnuu⁣ ⁣⁣⁣ In our practice we revisit Downward Facing Dog several times and use it as a way to stabilize our joints, muscles and check in with ourselves. It is crucial that we take the time to pause and acknowledge our bodies. A well rounded practice is one that feels safe and supported throughout so that we can tap into our fullest expressions. Stability is not only important on the mat, but also in our daily lives. When we feel stable we are able to make sound decisions and function in a mindful way. ⁣ ⁣ ⁣ Deep breathing and Meditation are two ways I like to find stability when I feel out of sorts. ⁣ ⁣ ⁣ What are some ways you check in with yourself and connect to stability in your life?⁣ ⁣ Want to join in on the challenge? Check out our post a few back for directions. ⁣⁣⁣⁣ ⁣ ☀️DAY/ASANA/HOST☀️⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣ 1️⃣ – Hero pose @disadeace⁣⁣ 🌸⁣ 2️⃣ – Downward dog @yogasihnuu⁣⁣ 🌸⁣ 3️⃣ – Baby Cobra @amhara_empress⁣⁣⁣ 4️⃣ – Bow pose @yogasihnuu⁣⁣⁣ 5️⃣ – Bridge pose @amhara_empress⁣⁣⁣ 6️⃣ – Shoulder stand @disadeace⁣⁣⁣ ⁣ ⁣⁣ 💗Follow along the hashtag #SOYMindYourHealth to send love and be inspired by your sisters posts. ⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣ *This challenge is for every level. Have fun and be kind to your body as you practice. See you on your mat! ☺️

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Breath Well

A lot of Yoga asanas depend on your breathing, well almost all of them. Exercises like the pranayama and anulom vilom, engage your breath in a more conscious way, something we don’t focus on normally. While focusing on these breathing exercises we manage stress effectively and in a more conscious manner. Especially for people with asthma or other chronic lung diseases, these breathing exercises make a huge difference in exercising the lungs and thereby aiding in their healthier functioning.

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We’re all about improving lung capacity right now and so we’re dedicating this week to our favorite pranayama exercises 🙏 . Starting it off with the simple Anulom Vilom (alternate nostril). This infuses the body with oxygen, decreases stress, rejuvenates the nervous system, helps with allergies, supports the respiratory system and even balances the left and right sides of the brain 🧠 ! Please try it and remember to complete your practice by finishing with an exhale on your left side 💕. #mondaymotivation #ayurvedalifestyle #pranayama #anulomvilom #alternatenostrilbreathing #quarantine #stressfree #allergyrelief #nervoussystem #anxietyawareness #mondaymantra #mondayinspiration #holisticmedicine #ayurvedalife #ayurveda #ayurvedalove #wellness #naturalremedies #immunity #healthyliving #holistictherapy #wholebeing #medicinaayurveda

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Get Sound Sleep

If the sudden change in lifestyle has affected one thing universally, it’s our sleeping patterns. Even on the regular day, we face a great deal of difficulty in falling asleep. Various restorative asanas such as Savasana, yoga nidra, etc provide the relaxation your nervous system needs. Sleep, however, is not the main objective, it is deep slumber that it ensures – a better sleep which recharges the entire system and leave you fresh and lively to start your day.

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☆SAVASANA☆ Uma das posturas mais difíceis, pois demanda entrega, o relaxamento nos dias de hoje principalmente mental, não é tão simples quanto parece. Além de restabelecer o equilibrio orgânico de nosso corpo e da mente o SAVASANA é um poderoso efeito terapêutico: ▪︎Contra a fadiga tanto física como mental. ▪︎Relaxa a musculatura neutralizando a ação corrosiva de ácido láctico. ▪︎Cura transtorno causa dos pelo excesso de tensão. ▪︎Diminui a frequência cardíaca ▪︎Reduz terapeuticamente o risco de arritmia cardíaca, ataque cardíaco, insuficiência cardíaca, pressão alta, colesterol ▪︎Acalma ondas cerebrais, estimulando produção de endorfina, serotonina e melatonina. Poderia listar mais vários benefícios, mas se você já gostou desse não deixe de fazer por pelo menos 5 minutos após sua prática de yoga e meditação. AULAS DE YOGA ONLINE: TODA 3A E 5A AS 19:00 E 4A E 6 AS 8:00 VALOR MENSAL: 1X P/SEMANA 110,00 2X P/SEMANA 160,00 ♡NAMASTÊ♡ #yoga #savasana #yogaparatodos #despertarconsciente #vidaextraordinaria #conexão #hathayoga #yogasutras

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Mindfulness

One very important and often overlooked aspect of yoga is mindfulness. The practice makes an individual more aware – of themselves, of their surroundings. One mindfully makes conscious choices to eat healthy and focus on the part of their body that needs recovery. Daily practice of Yoga makes keeps your mind agile and helps it focus on one thing at a time, as a result – less distractions and more productivity.

(IANS)

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