Mental and Emotional Benefits of Yoga
The most important of many benefits of yoga is that you develop a positive attitude towards life and manifest it in your own thoughts and actions. Practicing yoga involves reflection and looking inward at yourself, in the process you are able to recognize and release any stress, anger, hurts and sadness you may be feeling. You are able to release these negative emotions and reach a deep relaxed state. A general feeling of well-being ensues.
The most common benefit of Yoga is, a noted decrease in stress. It has been clinically proved that the practice of certain breathing practices (Pranayama), body postures (asanas) and meditation (Dhyana) are very beneficial for releasing stress. Medical professionals are now acknowledging the role of yoga in the treatment of stress related diseases
Improvement in mental function
Yoga and pranayama or breath control, have a profound effect on the brain. Increasing blood supply to the brain and all the vital centers improves memory and reduces mental fatigue to a great extent. You will find yourself able to perform at your optimum level for longer than before.
Improves Self Confidence
It is non competitive and you are only focusing on your own individual practice. As you get better and better you will find your self esteem growing and your self image improving. You will experience a marked increase in your vitality, increased positive health and a good posture while walking standing and sitting will boost your personal image and make you feel better and stronger. You will be able to carry yourself better and enjoy the positive image of yourself.
It can provide therapeutic relief from many painful ailments, such as back pain, rheumatism, joint pain and menstrual cramps. Many yoga postures can also release tension and soreness in your muscles. Practicing yoga can even help you prevent illness and injury by improving your immune system and teaching you to treat your body properly. As a result, yoga can help you understand how to not only improve, but also maintain your health.
The practice of yoga improves your breathing by heightening your awareness of your breath and increasing your lung capacity. By focusing on deep breathing in your yoga practice, you can help to release tension from your body. Stress and tension change the body to become more acidic and too much acidity in your body is harmful and can also cause building up of toxins that cause disease.
Many postures/ asanas help to improve the circulation of blood throughout your body. Improved blood circulation helps flush out toxins and impurities from your body. Regular practice can also help proper cirvculation of blood to the vital organs. These then benefit you by functioning at their best levels. Hypertension and high/low blood pressure problems can also be resolved.
Improved Strength and Flexibility
It can make your body strong and flexible. You will the increase in the range of movements in your joints. This also improves your balance, tones your muscles and increases your stamina. Some yoga postures can also help you build strong bones, which helps to prevent osteoporosis.
It also provides an array of other health benefits. Through the practice of yoga, you can regulate your metabolism, which can help you lose weight. Yoga also helps to balance your hormonal system, which is especially useful for persons with diabetes, hypothyroidism, other endocrinal disorders and also menopausal and pre-menopausal women. Yoga can also aid digestion and improve your capacity to digest and eliminate food whole combating build up of toxins in the digestive and respiratory tracts.