Arguing In Favor Of Yoga

I have been looking into health and fitness for nearly half a century, and writing on the subject for the last decade.

One area of interest which I have encountered again and again is yoga.

So, I was not overly surprised recently, when, while reading an article on several things that anyone could do for good health, yoga was mentioned.

The surprising fact, not for me, but, perhaps for you, is that, after specifically discussing the value of exercise, nutrition, and managing stress, the article gave the subject of yoga its own special section.

You see, I have learned over the years that yoga has so many potential health benefits and spans so many health related subjects that it almost has to have its own discussion.

In many other cultures than that of the U.S. and Europe, and for many people, yoga is more than just a fitness routine… it is a way of living. As such, it includes both mental and physical exercise, meditation, diet, and stress reduction. Even the most shallow practitioner of yoga not only reaps the superficial health benefits of yoga, but, seems to absorb some of the other aspects through some form of psychic osmosis.

To some extent, opting to accept yoga as exercise is a bit of a buy-in to many of the other health benefits of yoga.

As a stand-alone exercise program, yoga can combine both strength and some aspects of cardio. While it lacks the heart pounding results of running, or similar forms of aerobic exercise, doing the movements properly requires proper breathing as well. The body, and the mind, learn how to bring oxygen into the body more efficiently, and distribute it effectively throughout the body.

When done properly and regularly, yoga can produce a condition similar to, or, for some, damned near the same as, meditation. Meditation, and exercise (see previous paragraph), both help to reduce stress. In case you are one of the twelve people on earth who are not aware, stress is probably the most dangerous, and most common, health risk for nearly every health issue which you might encounter.

Eating properly is also a major factor for good health. While those who really “get into” yoga go out of their way to alter their diet for the good, even those who intend to adopt it as a physical fitness regimen tend to alter their eating for better health. This is probably due to the “osmosis effect” I mentioned earlier. Also, it is not uncommon for a person adopting one aspect of a healthier lifestyle to adopt other aspects as well.

However, stress is also a factor in overeating and poor digestion. Exercise in general, and yoga specifically, helps relieve stress and encourages people to make better decisions about their diet and eating habits. A regular practice of yoga also seems to assist with the digestive process itself.

So, while opting for a healthy lifestyle by exercising regularly, relieving stress, and eating properly is a good thing to do, an easy way to get all three in one package is to practice yoga… which is easier to do than most people think

Yoga For Health – For Overall Health and Weight Management

yoga for health. As a result more and more people are incorporating yoga into their workout regime.

Yoga

Yoga is a holistic approach to one’s overall wellbeing. It is a scientific system of physical and mental exercises. Yoga originated in India some 3000 years ago. Over the years it has been defined and refined by various yoga gurus. Overall, it consists of various asanas (poses) and Pranayama (breathing exercises). Regular practice of asanas and breathing exercises results in overall improvement in one’s health.

For Overall Health

Yoga poses and breathing exercises are designed to provide stimulation to each and every parts of the human body. Yoga poses not only make the body strong, supple, flexible, balanced and healthy, but they also help improve mental concentration.

According to ancient yogis, improvement in mental concentration helps bring about overall improvement in one’s health. Yoga helps bring about mental peace, which in turn helps reduce stress. Today stress is one of the main contributors of many lifestyle diseases like, heart problems, high blood pressure, etc.

Yoga For Weight Management

Thus yoga for health is not just a statement, it is a fact. However, yoga does not just help bring about overall improvement in the functioning of our organs and body parts; it also plays a very important role in weight management.

Obesity is a very common problem in America. Many of the lifestyle diseases, like high blood pressure, high cholesterol, heart diseases, diabetes, etc are linked to obesity. Yoga for health combined with an active lifestyle greatly helps in burning excess fat.

So how exactly does it help reduce weight? Yoga helps to improve our metabolism. Metabolism refers to the chemical processes in our body that help to transform food into energy. Metabolism is regulated by the thyroid gland. Various yoga poses, especially those that involve the neck area, help to improve our metabolism.

Poses such as the camel pose, rabbit pose, shoulder stand and bridge pose are specifically designed to help improve the functioning of our thyroid gland. When our metabolism improves, it helps to burn more calories. And when you combine this with healthy eating habits, you experience an overall reduction in your weight. Moreover, an improvement in your metabolism also results in you feeling more energetic.

According to yoga for health experts, when you combine a balanced and healthy diet with yoga, you get a holistic weight loss program. A balanced diet should consist of fiber rich food, vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and protein. One should restrict the intake of processed food and high fat food if one is serious about losing weight.

Regular practice of yoga not only helps one maintain proper weight, but also provides numerous health benefits. It assists improved blood circulation, better concentration, improves stamina, flexibility and body strength. Regular practice of yoga helps to treat many illnesses like, high blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol, arthritis, joint problems, etc.

Today most people lead a stressful life. In today’s competitive environment we have to constantly exert ourselves to prove that we are good. The pressure of work and life causes a lot of stress. By taking up yoga for health one can achieve better health and mental peace.