Yoga is an ancient act which originated from ancient into Indian and eventually gained entrance into Europe and to other parts of the world. It is originally a spiritual work of meditation which involves the calm relaxation of the body. But with its entrant into Europe what was formally a spiritual exercise became more of a physical fitness activity than spiritual exercise which it has been in ancient time.
Yoga is not very popular in a country like Nigeria but its health benefits are gradually gaining ground as the days unfold.
Here are 5 of those Health benefit of Yoga to your Body.
Research over the years have shown that yoga actually helps boost a person’s immunity at a cellular level, and it does this through changes in gene expression. Our immune system consists of cells, tissues, and organs that work together to protect the body and fight off infections and diseases, so this sounds almost unbelievable as the exercise seems mostly eternal and nothing is literally absorbed into the system. Research has, however, also shown that this particular benefit of immunity boost can be experienced rather quickly, sometimes while you are still on the mat (yoga mat). Certain yoga postures, such as wheel pose, head stands, straddle ford bend and downward dog, imply that your head is below the heart for some time. This helps lymph move into your respiratory organs, a channel for most germs and infections into the body. When you get back upright, gravity drains the lymph and cleanses out your system. This, in turn, strengthens your internal defence system, boosting your ability to fight off disease.
Tones the Body
Yoga has given you such break from getting on the treadmill all time when you need to tone your body. A toned body oozes a level of sexual sensitivity which no one can truly ignore. Like a push-up, yoga only uses your own body weight as resistance. For the ladies, yoga won’t make you bulk up either. It will, instead, give you a nice, lean and smooth figure.
Yoga postures, such as the four-limbed staff pose and the boat pose, work the muscles in the same way as standard push-ups or abdominal crunches – a great choice if toning is the desired result.
Improved Respiratory health and breathing pattern
Air humidifiers, Inhalers, eucalyptus oil nasal sprays are great air aid but yoga offers simple breathing practices that not only reduce stress but also quiet your mind and connect you to your inner self. Yoga sets you on a path to great respiratory health. Certain yoga poses allow you to move your spine in ways that stretch and strengthen the muscles all around your upper torso. These poses help you support your respiratory system by keeping respiratory muscles strong and flexible. Again, yoga Asanas, breath awareness, and pranayama can help with managing mild asthma by improving breathing efficiency and decreasing inflammation.
No human can survive life without food intake, but then we sometimes suffer such things as indigestion, cramping, bloating and constipation from time to time. No what matter it is, too much food, or something more serious like irritable bowel syndrome, can be absolutely no fun. While eating high-fiber foods can help, but practising yoga has been researched to be very beneficial. Some numbers of yoga poses, including peacock pose, wind relieving posture, seated forward fold, corpse pose, massage the internal organs and keep food moving along well.
Yoga is not just another way to while away time but a conscious effort into making your body parts flexible and easy to move. According to an American Osteopathic Association physician’s quote;
“As an osteopathic physician, I focus a lot of my efforts on preventive medicine and practices, and in the body’s ability to heal itself,” says Dr. Nevins. “Yoga is a great tool for staying healthy because it is based on similar principles.”
Therefore, instead of taking flexibility enhancing drugs, why not go for a physical fitness routine that helps you save money and still look fit.
The health benefits of yoga are just immense such that can’t be mentioned all in one article. While spending heavily on drugs and several medications, yoga can just be that simple solution that will save you the stress of visiting the doctor always.