The word “Yoga” originates from the Sanskrit word “Yuj”, which means to unite or assimilate the spirit with the physical body. Looking at the history of this ancient exercise form, we learn that it developed between fifth and sixth centuries BC, and the first records of Yoga practice can be found among the Buddhist Nikayas:
- It speaks of physical, spiritual, and mental practices or disciplines that look to change body and mind positively.
- It decreases stress.
- It helps greatly in developing strength and flexibility. Yoga also helps in harmonising our inner self with our surroundings, and bringing peace.
Here is a look at a few benefits that this ancient exercise form has for the mind and body:
1.It improves overall health
There are a variety of forms of Yoga and the benefits are countless. It provides us with all round fitness, increases energy levels and decreases the instances of migraines and insomnia. Adho Mukha Svanasana – or Downward Dog – helps to alleviate the symptoms of migraines.
2. Heart health is improved
Yoga plays an essential role in protecting us from different kinds of heart conditions and diseases, and also increases cardiovascular health. Yoga helps to:
- Reduce blood pressure,
- Moderate symptoms of heart failure,
- Increase cardiac recuperation, and
- Lower cholesterol, blood sugar and stress hormones.
The deep inhalation and exhalation that is done during Yoga exercises help relax the breathing rate, which decreases blood pressure and relaxes the nervous system that generates stress hormones. Sukhasana – or easy pose – helps to alleviate stress
3.You’ll get inner peace
‘Inner peace’ refers to a particular state of being, both mentally and spiritually at peace, with adequate knowledge and understanding to keep oneself strong through stages of stress. Harmony, happiness and serenity – which are the basic elements of a peaceful mind – refer to a nature free from the effects of stress. Searching for inner peace is synonymous with Hinduism, Buddhism and self-realisation.
4.The exercise will help to boost the immune system
Yoga helps boost our immune system by improving the flow of blood , reducing stress hormones and stimulating the lymphatic system, which helps protect our body from the negative effects of toxins. Yoga – Prasarita Paddottanasana (Wide Legged Forward Bend) is a pose that helps with detoxing your body.
5. Posture and flexibility are improved
Yoga helps to tone your body muscles and make them stronger, which aids in improving your body posture whenever you sit, sleep, stand or walk. Sturdier muscles help avoid sports injuries and other injuries brought about by overexertion. It can aid in enhancing your movement and reduce fatigue.
These are only a few of many benefits that Yoga can have on your general health and overall well-being. So if you are someone who feels itcan help you, as well as others, Trifocus Fitness Academy will help you along your journey.
Our Yoga Certification covers all the aspects of this ancient exercise:
- Movement (Asana),
- Breathing (Pranayama), and
- Yoga philosophy.
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