An Old Way of Getting a New Body
out all of Charlotte Bradley's
We live in a pharmacological age and as a society are dependent upon pills for relief of our ailments. Often this means we are treating symptoms rather than the actual illness and in the end become more dependent on medications to help us feel better. Yoga provides a natural way to enhance your body's own ability to fight disease, infection, and fend off invaders as well and helps reconnect your mind and body to become more in tune with what's going on.
Yoga is not just great exercise, it's a way of
life that helps you live longer and live stronger. The practice of yoga is a
combination of extensive stretching and of your muscles and joints along with
controlled deep breathing. It facilitates greater self-awareness and
practitioners achieve a sense of harmony and balance and learn to make time for
introspective thought. An inward focus and greater self-awareness will help you
recognize signs of illness earlier and take steps to fend off illness from its
Physical stimulation of your endocrine glands
boosts your immune system making you better able to fight off that annoying cold
or flu. Your body will become more efficient in fending off these diseases so
you'll be sick for a shorter time, and less often. Yoga also helps relieve
stress which is one of the prime influencers of sickness: a body that's been
overworked, a mind with too much to think about. Soon enough you're drained
of energy and off to bed with the sniffles.
Yoga postures massage and relieve compression on your digestive system, helping you more easily digest foods and get more of the food's nutrients. Yoga is thought to lessen the severity of episodes of constipation, diarrhea, and Irritable Bowel Syndrome.
Yoga can help with conditions where range of
motion is limited whether due to disease, such as arthritis or from injury. By
gently exercising your joints and ligaments in a controlled, low-impact fashion,
yoga movement distributes synovial fluid (the body’s natural joint lubricant),
making movement less painful and less harmful to joint structure in the long
run. Continued practice of yoga poses will actually "train" your body to sit or
stand in the proper position and good posture decreases strain on the joints.
Any form of physical exercise will certainly
improve your fitness level. While we typically think that you need to run,
sweat, or exert yourself, this “no pain, no gain mentality” is shifting in favor
of a more holistic approach that emphasizes understanding our own bodies and
their natural limitations. In yoga, the concept of finding your edge means
finding that place where you are comfortable and then gradually
increasing the boundary, for example holding a pose longer and longer.
Yoga poses tone, strengthen and elongate muscle throughout the body which can give the appearance of a more sculpted body. Certain vigorous types of yoga, such as vinyasa-style, may be more beneficial for anyone whose primary intention it is to lose weight as these types of practice can burn many calories.
Yoga classes provide a safe and positive environment for anyone just getting back into shape. This can help boost self image and confidence and encourages healthy choices in other areas of our lives. Yoga also encourages awareness. Many people are not sure why they overeat and may just do so out of habit.
Yogic exercise is extremely beneficial to your
heart. Studies suggest yoga combined with a healthy diet will lower levels of
triglycerides, bad cholesterol, and blood pressure; all of which are risk
factors for heart disease. Physiologically, yoga stretching and deep breathing
actually decreases your blood pressure, slows your breathing, and releases
endorphins into your bloodstream giving you a pleasant, relaxed feeling. The
effects of these actions on the mind and body are likened to sitting in a dark,
quiet room. The time you spend in yogic meditation allows you to calm your
thoughts, and relax your body.