Yoga is a complex of physical exercises called asanas. While doing yoga poses you get back your flexibility and force your body to be as young as a child’s. Sounds good enough to start doing it. But what exactly yoga does with our bodies and minds?
Yoga consists of three main components:
- Physical yoga poses
- Breath control
While practicing these three components you will notice many changes in your body. Let’s take a look at all of these.
Physical yoga exercises
Yoga helps to increase bone strength. People reach their maximum bone mass around age 30. While doing yoga poses, we lift our body’s weight against gravity, which puts mild stress on our bones.
As we age, our bodies become less mobile. Yoga will help you improve the sense of balance – more strength, flexibility, and concentration. Yoga helps the body relax and lowers stress levels.
Breathing is an involuntary action of moving air into and out of the lungs. It’s like a bridge between thoughts and body, like cement for the mind and body.
The controlled breathing technique will help keep your mind and body in shape because it relaxes muscles, develops your chest, lungs, and diaphragm, lowers blood pressure, and makes you calmer. Your skin will regain its natural glow because of the deep breathing regenerates cells. Therefore, you will look younger.
Meditating both before and after yoga provides plenty of benefits to you. It regulates your brain and develops a sense of purpose in life. Lowering the heart rate will reduce cortisol and together with this stress hormone you will feel less stress, anxiety, and depression. Your body will become calm, and you will be able to respond to stress easier than at any other time.
While practicing meditation, you will:
learn to be here and to live in the moment,
to feel gratitude for being healthy, having a body that can move any way you want.
Happiness will be your closest friend.
Generally, doing yoga will motivate you to improve your mental wellbeing through your daily lifestyle. Yoga will bring awareness to your daily actions and will help you break bad habits. You will become more interested in what you feel and what you eat.
Of course, there are more benefits you can get from yoga, and how fast you can see your body and mind changes depends on how often you practice. And if you are in search of a reason why you need yoga in your life and what you can expect from it – these benefits will clear any doubts you have.
A guide to yoga – https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/exercise/guide-to-yoga/
What Yoga Can and Can’t Do for You – https://www.webmd.com/balance/news/20131230/what-yoga-can-and-cant-do-for-you#1
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