10 reasons to start practicing Yoga

Yoga is a 5,000-year-old discipline from India, developed as a practice to unite the mind and body. The word ‘yoga’ itself means ‘union’ and ‘union with the divine’ It is designed to help achieve a more positive outlook on life and a focused, permanent sense of serenity and peace. Since yoga is gentle, almost anyone can do it, regardless of your age or fitness level.
I'm an amateur when it comes to yoga, I may not know all of the asanas and the scientific reasons behind all postures. However, I have reaped the benefits of yoga and it has helped me tremendously.
Here are ten of my top reasons why you should start doing yoga as soon as you can.
Breathing techniques

A big part of yoga is the breathing exercises, which are incorporated into positions and then on their own. The exercises encourage a more focused and centered way of breathing, and while they might not be something you’ll do consciously every day, they’re absolutely sure to provide methods of effective stress-management and generally make you feel much better.
It helps to open your lungs and explore what it means to breath consciously. I did face breathing problems which occurred rarely, wherein I used to gasp for breath and had to yawn to fill my lungs with air (yes its weird). Post yoga, I never had any of that breathing issue till date.

A lot of us are comfortable slouching, and have incorporated that as a lifestyle. That affects your body and posture to a great extent, most of which you wouldn’t realize till you reach a specific age.
Yoga is pretty effective at helping you develop some premium, proper posture, since a lot of the breathing and seated positions require a straight back for proper effect. Good posture is definitely going to develop during yoga practice. yoga will help sculpt your back into the kind of poised posture that’ll make you walk taller and feel immensely better about it. Yoga poses strengthen and open tight areas of the body like the shoulders and muscles of the upper back thus helping you keep good posture.
Spiritual and physical awareness

Yoga requires you to contract or relax specific muscles as you stretch into each pose. This can help you become more aware of your body’s strengths and weaknesses. Meditating helps achieve a deeper awareness of the spiritual and of our body as a whole. Shavasana is one such asana that has helped me immensely to get in touch with my physical and spiritual self.To be aware of your body parts and feel its rhythm is mesmerizing.
We practice yoga in a park, which makes us aware of the wider universe and connects us to the sounds of nature in the most beautifully soothing way. A lot of studio yoga also incorporate music, which captures nature at its best.To relax in such an atmosphere is soothing and calming to the nerves
Fires up the metabolism in a natural way

Certain poses stimulate the digestive system and metabolism naturally, particularly twisting postures, throat chakra poses, and dynamic flows.
Physical and mental strength

Another side effect of yoga is that it will help you develop some truly incredible mental and physical strength. The whole point of yoga is to work on your body’s strength so that you can sit for longer in meditation, and the physical investment in the stretches and positions ensures that you’ll experience plenty of physical strength benefits as a result. Lunges and stretches can increase your core strength as well as every muscle you can think of; meanwhile, the exercises force you to focus on the moment. Meditation helps to clear your mind, which helps alleviate stress and improve your mental health. Understand the mind and body connection. Yoga requires you to focus all your energy on each movement or pose exactly. This can help you feel the mind and body work together.

Meditation = Stress buster

The subconscious mind is super powerful. When we do something positive like yoga, it sends a message to the deeper mind that we really care about our wellbeing. When we keep doing this regularly, we’ll be driven towards choices that continue to support our wellbeing in everything we do.

If you can do every kind of complicated pose under the sun, it loses all of its true meaning if it’s not done with focus and thought. Meditation has been shown time and time again to be a beneficial practice that everyone should implement into his or her daily routine.
 You can meditate anywhere quiet and at absolutely any time you like. All it takes is five minutes with some alone time and peace and quiet. Meditation improves your quality of life by allowing your mind some time to process everything that goes on in your life. It’s a hugely important and integral part of yoga practice and something that can really change your life, allowing you to embrace calmness and serenity with ease. Increase your concentration. A main part of yoga is rhythmic, focused breathing. This can help you focus.
Yoga soothes the mind and lower stress levels. It does this by focusing the mind on the moment and the movements.

It’s a great workout

Yoga is a fantastic workout for your body as you are using your body weight to move from one posture to another. You can adapt the practices to your own speed and level of comfort. No matter which yoga exercises you choose, the practices will always be part of a great workout routine. There are some fantastic series of movements out there that are perfect for every kind of day and for every kind of person, meaning there’s no reason not to start doing some yoga as soon as you can. Gain strength and stamina. More vigorous styles of yoga promote strength and stamina. Improve balance and stability. Balancing poses require you to use your core muscles. This can help you improve your overall stability.

Improved sleep

Another pleasant benefit is that doing yoga can actually help you get better and faster sleep. I was one of those twist and turn for hours together before falling asleep kind of person. Post yoga, I fall asleep minutes after lying down on the bed.
Flexibility and confidence

Yoga assists in flexibility in the entire body, as a result of which many individuals gain confidence. The secret may be that yoga asks you to tune in to how your body feels and what it can do—not how it looks. Yoga concentrates more on mental and physical strength and awareness than on a ‘perfect body’.
Research has shown that Yoga helps reduce anxiety, increase body awareness and even speed the release of hormones that rev arousal. All of that translates to a boost in libido, lubrication and ability to achieve orgasm, experts say.
What better reason to start doing Yoga.

No Machines/ gears required

Yoga only calls for a mat, and comfortable clothes. It doesn’t require any machines or footwear. Yoga only requires comfort and presence of mind. All I carry for my yoga session are my mat and a towel. There is no need to wait for machines, as you use your own body weight. Yoga is simple and effective.

For all those in Sharjah or Dubai, there is an association that offers Yoga sessions both in the morning and evening. They are known as Friends of Yoga. It’s a free course done for encouraging more people to adopt yoga as a lifestyle. All you need to do is to make some time for yourself, and start yoga.

Tinu Menachery

Tinu Menachery is a restless soul. She loves trying new things that don't involve water, as her hydrophobic self is yet to overcome her fear. She loves talking, and can speak for hours together. Drop a mail, if you want her to talk about a particular topic. We all have 'blank mind' days don't we?

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