Yoga is a physical and mental practices that originated in India more than 3000 years ago. it is an integral part of Ayurveda, the traditional system of medicine. The word "yoga" is derived from the Sanskrit verb "yuj" meaning "to join" or translates as "union".
While many exercises only benefit the body, yoga benefits the whole person - mind, body, spirit and emotion. Scientific studies yoga may be useful in treating cancer, asthma, diabetes and other chronic conditons.
As it has developed over the years, there are variety of forms of yoga that are now in practiced. Although some focus more on postures and breathing exercises while others have a greater focus on spirituality, all share common elements of unifying the mind, body and spirit, and promoting conscious living.
The physical component of yoga lifestlye is called "Hatha yoga", which focuses on physical posture and breathing techniques, is actually the lowest form of yoga, and the highest form of yoga is "Raja Yoga" or "union by mental mastery".
Hatha yoga focuses on "asanas"(poses). Practition go through a series of specific poses while controling their breathing (requires focused breathing, concentration and discipline), result in greater union of mind, body and spirit.
Hatha yoga has many variations. They include, for example:
Ashtanga Yoga: Vigorous, fast paced yoga that helps to build flexibility, strength, concentration and stamina, while remaining focused on deep breathing.
Power Yoga: Like Ashtanga Yoga, very active form of yoga that improves flexibility and stamina by completing poses, popular pratices in United States.
Bikram Yoga: Also known as "Hot Yoga", practised in a heated room to more than 37.8 Dregee Celcius.
Gentle Yoga: Focus on slow stretches, flexibility and deep breathing.
Kundalini yoga: Uses of yoga poses, deep breathing and other breathing techniques, chanting and meditation.
Iyengar yoga: Focuses on precise poses and usage of benches, ropes, mats, blocks and chairs.
Yoga- Massges Internal Organs
What is unique about yoga is that it is one of the very few techniques that can perform a massage of all the internal organs and glands, including the ones that are hardly ever stimulated during the lifetime of a person, such as prostate. The stimulation and massaging of the internal organs are beneficial in preventing disease. Our internal organs depend on our deep breathing and muscle tone in order to be squeezed, re-oxygenated, flushed and efficient in their functions, the need that yoga fulfils.
Many of the postures in yoga gently massage internal organs, like the liver, colon, heart and female reproductive organs. This bring circulation to those organs and gets energy flowing where it has been cut off.
Massaging stimulating internal organs result in healthier internal organs. For example, a yoga pose called the Stomach lift (Uddyina Bandha), raises the diaphragm, which massages the heart from below, this strengthen the heart muscle, better circulation and reduce chances of heart disease. The Forward Bend (Paschimothanasana), massages the abdominal organs and stimulates and tones our digestive organs.
Stretching the muscles, breathing exercise and performing thorough routine will optimise quantity of blood supplied to all points of the body, result in elimination toxins from your body and helps delayed the aging process.
Yoga stretching not only for improving flexibility, they also helps release toxins from the joints, muscles and connective tissues.Yoga pose torso twisting, cleanses toxin from the internal organ much like wringing out a sponge (blood is squeezed out of the internal organ and release the twist, frest blood flows into the organ). Twisting torso also stimulates movement of the fluid that surrounds the brain and spinal cord, helps to keep the central nervous system healthy.
Maintains and improves Health
Regular practice of yoga helps to normalise pulse rate, improve function of the respiratory and reduce blood pressure. It also stabilise the nervous system equilibrum, normalise gastrointestinal and endocrine function, increase range of motion around the joints, increase stamina and endurance levels, increase immunity against diseases while increasing cardiovascular efficiency, improve coordination, agility, sense of perception, better sleep and many others benefit.
For example, some yoga posture, e.g. Downward Facing Dog, Standing Forward Bend, Shoulder Stand, Camel Pose, Cobra Pose and Cow Pose can help relieve tension in your neck and indirectly aid in keeping hair healthy by increasing blood flow to the scalp (avoid this posture if you have heart problems or high blood pressure).
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