Yoga derived from the Sanskrit word “Yuj” which means, “to add”, ‘to join”, “to attach’ or “to unite” originated in ancient India. The practice of Yoga was established with its ultimate goal of “Moksha” (liberation). Although it had its different definitions according to different philosophers and their philosophies. For instance,
According to Jacobsen, “Yoga has five principal meanings:
- Yoga as a disciplined method for attaining a goal;
- as techniques of controlling the body and the mind;
- a name of one of the schools or systems of philosophy (darśana);
- in connection with other words, such as “hatha-, mantra-, and laya-,” referring to traditions specializing in particular techniques of yoga;
- As the goal of Yoga practice.”
Yoga has its own benefits, which depends upon the practice and the daily learning. Some of the benefits are as follows:
10. Improves Flexibility:
The first and foremost benefit one gets from yoga is the enhanced flexibility. On the very first day, it gets difficult. There are chances that one is not at all able to touch one’s feet while stretching. However, it develops with practice. With the improved flexibility, the aches and pains start to disappear. It tones your body and helps you achieve a better posture. Nothing really compares the repairing of the body, and making it stronger than the yoga does.
9. Weight loss:
It helps to achieve the most thought desire of people. With regular practice of yoga, weight loss can be achieved. Yoga, like ‘Surya Namaskar’, pranayams help weight loss. The regular practice of yoga also makes one sensitive to keep a track on one’s diet. There are many instances, where people have lost weight with yoga in a subtle way. Celebrities like Shilpa Shetty, Bipasha Basu, and Lara Dutta are inspirations. Hatha yoga and power yoga help burn as many calories as a high intensity workout will. It normalizes body weight by restoring hormonal balance in the body.
8. Stress Relief:
It is a great stress booster. You can experience if you go for pranayams and meditations. It releases all tensions, stress and relieves your body. When someone deals with depressions, stress and such, yoga is must suggested. Meditations help you imagine a stress free world and a world, which makes you happy. People with much work pressure must practice meditations on a daily basis. It helps you to be calm, healthy and works your mind in an apt way. We hunt for inner peace in the outer world, but we do not know that it can be found within us.
7. Enhances Memory:
Along with increasing efficiency in body functioning, it enhances brain functioning too. Stress is one of the reasons behind weight gain, slow functioning of the brain and such. Yoga destroys that and hence, gives the best output. With the increase in blood circulation, our memory works well. Yoga helps you to stay calm which leads to the better functioning of mind. It increases memory capacity and helps to retain concentration. Yoga actually plays with your psychology. It gives the sense of well being and connects with people. When your brain works properly, you get a sense of less anxiety and more motivation. At the same time, it increases your intuitive senses.
6. Helps you sleep better:
The regular practice of yoga postures and meditations helps you sleep better and better. Calm and a stress free mind enable you to sleep in peace. You will feel less tired and more relaxed. A good sound sleep is a necessity of one’s life and when these practices are inculcated, it helps you achieve that.
5. Reduces Pain Naturally:
Yoga proves to be a great cure for arthritis, migraine headaches, back pain, and such. It heals naturally and relieves your body from pain. For every specific problem, there are different types of yoga postures. There are examples where yoga works better than medicines and it is better to go natural.
4. Boosts self-esteem:
Yoga, if practiced with the idea of bettering and self-examination makes you feel worth living. It helps you deviate from ill practices, addictions and grows a sense to lead a healthy life. You can experience gratitude, forgiveness, empathy, a sense of satisfaction and will encourage others being an inspiration.
It creates awareness and gets hold of your anger and emotions. Anger is the reason of diseases like heart attacks, smoking, diabetes, cholesterol, and such. Yoga helps you hold control on yourself. It gives you the sense of reacting according to situations; helps you handle the bad phases of your life, enjoy good times. Hence forth, Yoga brings a transformed you, a calm you, a philosopher and a better you.
2. Better Relationships:
To achieve a stable relationship is everyone’s goal. However, the hustle and bustle, the daily drama of life is not allowing it. Love heals all pain, but to love one need a healthy living, a calm mind and a good heart. With the daily practice of yoga, you can cultivate emotional support, a good ambience, friendliness, and compassion. To be a support for your friends, family, and relatives you need to be at a healthy stage. One sick man cannot heal the other. It helps you be a better person, avoiding harm and telling the truth. Yoga focuses on leading a simple and easy life and hence, takes you away from complications.
1. Unrestricted to places:
You can perform yoga anywhere. You do not need a particular place to perform. You can meditate at your office, sitting on a chair. This is the best part of yoga that you can experience it anywhere. No expensive gym memberships, equipment are required to perform yoga. You may just need a yoga mat or not even that. You can experience it in a closed room, or at beaches, hotels, rocks, mountains anywhere.
It is a continuous process, the more you go deeper, and the more profound will be the results. You need to be trained under a trained teacher or guide. Yoga obviously is not a replacement for medicines, but it can definitely help you minimise the use of medicines. Actually, it is a total mind-body workout. Hence, it does not only heal your outer self rather inner too. It was a practised initiated in ancient India and now people from all over the world come to India to learn its benefits and practice Yoga. It has acquired its position worldwide. Furthermore, it has its place included in colleges, universities, and schools too. Yoga has become a subject on which you can do bachelors, masters and go for research and higher studies. Schools also give importance to Yoga of teaching its benefits and making students practice it.