Yoga is believed to have originated in the Pre-Vedic era in India. There are various branches of yoga that have been developed and modified over the years by various yoga practitioners, but they all come with various health benefits. It’s not a science, but more a discipline.
Although it originated in India, it is practiced all over the world and the UN also declared the 21st June as, “World Yoga Day”.
There are numerous benefits of practicing yoga. We list 5 of them here.
1. Rejuvenates the Body
Most types of physical exercises such as cardio and weight training programs are mainly concerned with strengthening the body. Yoga gently rejuvenates the body, strengthens the muscles, nerves, glands and various organs, working at a cellular level. This helps the body in harmony, mind, and tranquillity. Yoga gives the body an all-round fitness rather than concentrating on a particular or specific body part.
2. Helps You to De-stress
Yoga equips you to deal with stress and strain of modern-day life in every way and at various levels. It improves one’s self-efficiency and enables us to become emotionally stable, thereby gifting us a completely balanced persona. It allows us to chill out and lighten your load on what life is currently throwing at you.
3. Awareness of Your Body
The practice of Yoga brings a greater awareness of your body and makes you realise various parts of your body which you never realised existed before. There are some muscles that you don’t know exist until you try it yourself.
4. Helps to Prevent Injuries
Generally, sports people go through many injuries through their lives, but Yoga can help prevent such injuries from which helps them to achieve better results. Even marathon runners experience stiffness in their muscles – Yoga helps improve flexibility and reduces wear and tear on the muscles. Yoga also helps flexibility and posture.
5. Increases Your Self Esteem and Confidence
Yoga increases self-esteem and can increase your confidence. A person with high self-esteem has a true sense of oneself, has a clear mind and has a lot of positive energy which in turn helps them to create and maintain better relationships too. Yoga helps develop an attitude of compassion, makes a person non-judgemental, cultivates intuitive wisdom and helps in appreciating the inner joy which is natural and not driven by materialistic pleasures.
If you’ve never tried yoga, why not give it a go?