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Yoga benefits bring much to mind but primarily, Yoga presents a picture of tranquility, and health. Indeed, this physical and mental discipline has made the lives of many people so much better according to their own testimonies. The ways that yoga improves health are, indeed, many but they can be summed up in the following points:

Improvement of Medical Conditions

One of the most common health benefits of yoga is its ability to improve the condition of people with heart disease. Because of the breathing techniques, the person is given a chance to relax, thus, setting a wave of reactions such as lowering of blood pressure and heart rate. Yoga is claimed to promote antioxidant activities in the body, decrease bad cholesterol (LDL levels) and boost the immune system.

Strength and Endurance

Yoga can be practiced with different styles and poses, some higher in intensity than the others, but they all work to improve muscle tone. The particular muscle group that the exercise targets are those located in the deep abdominal area which are responsible for core strength. Even exercises that require only a high level of concentration and less movement can bring about the benefits of increased strength and endurance.

Posture and Respiration

Yoga targets the so-called core muscles which are responsible for the way a person slouches or holds his torso up. When these muscles are well-developed, as what will likely result from yoga exercises, the person will hold his body up on instinct, whether he's sitting or standing. Yoga also develops lung capacity through exercises that promote deep and extended breathing, thus, improving a person's general respiratory activity.

Stress Management and Psychological Disposition

Yoga is a health discipline that relies greatly on breathing exercises which allow the person to focus on his own breath. This creates a calming effect by quieting the mind as it is attuned only to the sound of the person's breathing. This makes way for better stress management which is really more than a mind thing.

There are biochemical responses that produce this feeling of calm and serenity, among which are an increase in catecholamines, which are released in response to stress, and a decrease in energy-boosting neurotransmitters such as dopamine. Most yoga enthusiasts also tend to report a feeling of happiness or satisfaction when they do the exercise regularly - a benefit that is attributed to an increase in brain oxygen levels and linked to the treatment of certain mental disorders.

Conclusion

Yoga espouses the value of stretching the muscles and improving blood circulation, both of which are the ways that yoga is believed to improve one's physical and mental well-being. There can also be different reasons why people engage in this type of activity. They may want to lose weight or improve flexibility and agility.

Others just want to be able to listen to themselves more with the high level of concentration that it requires. Whatever the reasons, however, one thing is for sure. Yoga brings a long list of health benefits that everybody needs to live a healthier, fuller and happier life.

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It is extremely important to stay fit. Many people are placing a lot of emphasis and money on the well being of their bodies and health. Exercise and dieting is an extremely important factor to achieve this goal. However physical wellbeing cannot be detached from mental well being. Mental well being and spiritual peace can be derived from ancient forms of meditation and yoga. Yoga today has grown in popularity and demand and is practiced in different parts of the world. Yoga has the power to unleash a very positive energy inside and around you to keep you feeling extremely optimistic and cheerful throughout the day.

Yoga has been present as a form of physical and mental discipline for thousands of years in India. It was practiced by the monks to liberate them and discharge unbelievable amount of physical and mental capabilities and powers. So true, pure and dear are the practices of yoga to those in India that it has always been mentioned in the ancient sacred books and Vedas of the Hindus! There are even six types of yoga's based on the Yoga Sutras of Patanjal which are the main pillars of the Hindu philosophy. It was believed that there was nothing in the world that could not be cured by the continuous practice of yoga.

The form of yoga has been synonymous to and extremely dear to the Hindus, Buddhist and Buddhist monks and the jains, who all lived their lives practicing these forms and asanas.

Regular practice of yoga and its asanas can keep away serious ailments such as diabetes, high blood pressure, heart conditions, arthritis etc. yoga permits you control involuntary functions such as blood pressure, and heart beats. Yoga helps the endocrine and nervous system and balances it to keep it healthy and function well.

Yoga has bee known to help with pain management such as arthritis and pain in the knees. A common problem with older people is that the synovial fluid in the knees. Yoga can help reduce the pain and keep you fit and on your feet.

Yoga can help cure migraine headaches and other stress related problems. Yoga has been known to help with weight management and cure obesity. Yoga strikes homeostasis in the body, a phase of complete well being. When the body is well from within no other external agency is able to disrupt the balance and the body remains well and fit.

Yoga is known to bring with it peace and harmony. it can even promote and increase concentration and memory. The pundits in ancient India had tuned their minds towards learning their scripts without any texts and hence had to have a well developed mental capability. Yoga is a great practice for students.

Yoga is able to liberate you from the materialistic wants and desires. Yoga enhances and inculcates spirituality and self awareness.

Yoga keeps you at one with nature and your surroundings and you will notice that you have transformed into a more understanding and content person within a few months of practicing it!

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The Top Five Secrets of Yoga

By Bushra K Hashmi

Its an open secret that yoga is a physical routine that relaxes the mind and rejuvenate the senses. There are many individual benefits that people do yoga for. Any seasoned yogi will tell you how it helps them in so many different ways. However, we have tried to list down the most important aspects of our lives that yoga can help us immensely improve.

1- Yoga and Stress

According to many research studies, stress is the underlying factor in almost three fourth of all illnesses that prevail in humans. It is especially regarded as the number one killer condition in fast paced nations. Yoga helps in coping with stress by way of producing endorphins in the human body. Endorphins produce happy feelings in the brain, thus improving the mood and reducing stress.

2- Yoga and Sleep

Sleep deprivation is yet another common problem, more so among those leading a hectic life as well as the elderly. As a matter of fact there is no set age limit for lack of sleep to set in. Unlike other exercises, yoga is not only safe to do close to bedtime, it also increases the chances of a peaceful sleep by relaxing our muscles and mind.

3- Yoga and Ageing

Pleasantly enough, yoga has been found to fight the effects of ageing as it makes regular yogis look much younger than they actually are. One reason are the great effects on skin. But perhaps the greatest reason is that yoga lifts spirits, reduces mental tension, thus keeping people not only looking young but more importantly, feeling young.

4- Yoga and Focus

Sharp focus and concentration are two very important tools in everyday life. As the grind of daily life takes the vigor away from us, it can take along with it our ability to focus. Loss of focus can trigger memory loss, which may in turn lead to terrible illnesses like Alzheimer's. Breathing and meditation exercises in yoga help improve the mind's capability to retain its focus and further sharpens it.

5- Yoga and General Health

Of course, Yoga is a great way to remain healthy. Again, unlike other exercises, it is safe for the elderly and also for those with health problems like palpitation, high blood pressure, heart diseases etc. Not only that, yoga also helps prevent diseases by keeping you fit and active. It increases flexibility of muscles. But most of all, it boosts your spirits and lets you focus on the brighter side of life, which is a health booster in itself!

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The Top Five Secrets of Yoga

By Bushra K Hashmi

It's an open secret that yoga is a physical routine that relaxes the mind and rejuvenate the senses. There are many individual benefits that people do yoga for. Any seasoned yogi will tell you how it helps them in so many different ways. However, we have tried to list down the most important aspects of our lives that yoga can help us immensely improve.

1- Yoga and Stress

According to many research studies, stress is the underlying factor in almost three fourth of all illnesses that prevail in humans. It is especially regarded as the number one killer condition in fast paced nations. Yoga helps in coping with stress by way of producing endorphins in the human body. Endorphins produce happy feelings in the brain, thus improving the mood and reducing stress.

2- Yoga and Sleep

Sleep deprivation is yet another common problem, more so among those leading a hectic life as well as the elderly. As a matter of fact there is no set age limit for lack of sleep to set in. Unlike other exercises, yoga is not only safe to do close to bedtime, it also increases the chances of a peaceful sleep by relaxing our muscles and mind.

3- Yoga and Ageing

Pleasantly enough, yoga has been found to fight the effects of ageing as it makes regular yogis look much younger than they actually are. One reason are the great effects on skin. But perhaps the greatest reason is that yoga lifts spirits, reduces mental tension, thus keeping people not only looking young but more importantly, feeling young.

4- Yoga and Focus

Sharp focus and concentration are two very important tools in everyday life. As the grind of daily life takes the vigor away from us, it can take along with it our ability to focus. Loss of focus can trigger memory loss, which may in turn lead to terrible illnesses like Alzheimer's. Breathing and meditation exercises in yoga help improve the mind's capability to retain its focus and further sharpens it.

5- Yoga and General Health

Of course, Yoga is a great way to remain healthy. Again, unlike other exercises, it is safe for the elderly and also for those with health problems like palpitation, high blood pressure, heart diseases etc. Not only that, yoga also helps prevent diseases by keeping you fit and active. It increases flexibility of muscles. But most of all, it boosts your spirits and lets you focus on the brighter side of life, which is a health booster in itself!

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Remaining healthy with hatha yoga is very important for you to live longer. Not everyone is a fitness enthusiast. If you want to stay healthy without gong to the gym then you should try yoga.

Yoga is a complete health system and has been practiced since ancient times. One of the many benefits of hatha yoga is it makes you flexible and toned. Yoga helps your blood distributin in all areas of the body.

If you want to become a yoga instructor you can always join a aura yoga teacher training course.

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Yoga is an art that began in India but has gained popularity in many parts of the globe. It has been practiced there since the early twentieth century and has been exported to other continents as well. It refers to both a system of philosophy and an ancient system of physical and mental disciplines. It is a combination of three main activities; posture, breathing exercises, and relaxation techniques. It is proven to treat various conditions including cardiovascular and carpal tunnel syndrome. This means that yoga can be used as an alternative medicine.

This art has been widely used to treat depression. The patient is taken through repetitive actions of breathing, meditation and physical posturing, until he achieves a break from stress. This technique eventually manages the symptoms of depression like irritability, weight-gain, loss of concentration and change in sleep patterns among many others.

It is a powerful stimulant of the Parasympathetic nervous system. This is the bodily system that induces relaxation. Once stimulated, the PNS reduces the heart rate and the volume of blood entering and exiting the heart, significantly reducing blood pressure. This makes yoga particularly beneficial to people with heart diseases, hypertension and diabetes.

Some mild yoga activities that focus on breathing and relaxation have been observed to considerably inhibit and minimize the spread of breast cancer. This is a discovery that has received wide attention and interest especially from the medical field. Further exploration into this could significantly reduce the cost of treatment of breast cancer in the future.

The art is also known to calm the nervous system, by establishing a balance between the body, mind and spirit. This balance cultivates a vibrant health and creates a state of mind characterized by profound wisdom, calm and peace. This state keeps the bodily energy meridians open, and life energy flowing.

One is advised to practice yoga under the watchful eye of an experienced teacher. If not practiced carefully, it could cause some injuries like rotator-cuff injuries, ganglion cysts, hyper-extension of the neck, carotid arteries tears, and bulging of inter-vertebral discs. When practiced well, it is very beneficial to the entire body.

This practice has gained a lot of popularity in all parts of the world. The art is practiced by people of all gender, race and age. It is gaining as much popularity as its counterparts judo, kung-fu and taekwodo. This popularity is due to the fact that it presents a powerful approach to the exploration of the mind and the hidden powers therein.

The benefits of yoga to the body, mind and soul cannot be overemphasized. This is a really inexpensive natural therapy, that could hold the breakthrough in treatment and management of conditions that have defied science like AIDS, vertebral paralysis and H1N1 among others. It is a therapeutic art that makes your body more flexible and helps it to relax even under stress. It aims at uniting the spirit, body and mind and helps one to feel more energetic, fitter, peaceful and happier.

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Benefits of Regular Yoga Workouts

By Sharon Sweeny

Although it's been around for thousands of years, yoga has only been practiced in the western world for a few decades. Modern medicine is proving that it does have the health benefits that traditional yogis and the ancient texts always claimed it has. Here are just a few of the benefits you can expect to receive from regular yoga workouts:

Flexibility: Holding a series of yoga poses in a controlled, methodical way really works your muscles. The result is that your muscles lengthen, and become more flexible. As you hold a pose, you are instructed to breathe, causing you to concentrate on your breath. As a result, your muscles work harder to maintain the pose while your attention is elsewhere.

Strength: The act of holding your body in an unnatural position, or pose, causes your muscles to work in ways that they are not familiar with. This is the very essence of strength training: Working muscles harder, and in different ways, causing them to tear. It is when they heal from this tearing that they grow stronger. Yoga accomplishes this strengthening of the muscles without the use of weights, using only gravity and your own body weight as resistance.

Less Stress: Yoga is very much a discipline that combines the body and spirit. You cannot work the body without also exercising the inner self, the spirit. Yoga participants report experiencing or perceiving much less stress in their lives after participating in yoga classes. The act of coordinating controlled body movements with controlled breathing integrates the body and spirit, causing a union of the two that promotes calmness and inner peace, two enemies of stress.

Improved Mood: Participants in yoga classes report a much improved outlook on life in general. Some participants have experienced improved moods that have been likened to the effect of an antidepressant. Yoga clears the mind and body of negative, unhealthy thoughts. The concentration is on flowing movement, accompanied by controlled breathing.

Pain Relief: Studies have shown regular yoga workouts help with chronic pain relief, especially pain associated with fibromyalgia. Subjects showed a decreased perception of pain, along with an increased desire to participate in everyday activities. They also reported an improvement in their ability to cope with setbacks, especially those related to their disease. Yoga workouts show promise in the management of other types of chronic pain, although more studies are needed.

Better Sleep: There's no question about it, doing regular yoga workouts helps you sleep better. Studies have shown that participants experienced better quality of sleep, the ability to fall asleep faster, and to sleep longer once they did fall asleep. The results were similar to results gleaned from the use of sleep-inducing drugs, which shows promise in the management of sleep-related disorders without using drugs.

Copyright Sharon Sweeny, 2011

Sharon Sweeny is a writer trying to get into better physical shape by doing a daily workout 365 days in a row. Follow her progress daily on her blog at https://edailyworkout.com.

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Yoga is a form of balance and exercise that has been around for 5,000 years. Many people choose this type of workout because it has additional health benefits. Yoga is made up of a variety of poses that help to stretch you muscles and also reduce fatigue and pain in a more natural way. Let us take a brief look at the benefits that doing yoga has to offer.

The first benefit to doing yoga is the fact that it is a form of strength training for your muscles. There are a variety of yoga poses that you can do in order to help build up strength despite your age. These poses are known as the Downward Dog, Chair pose, Upward Dog and the Plank pose. When you practice these poses correctly, you will start to build your core strength and you will build this strength deep down in your abdominal muscles.

Your posture can also benefit greatly by you making the decision to take up yoga. The types of poses that you will want to do in order to help increase your core strength and posture are standing poses. When you do yoga in order to strengthen your core you will then notice that your posture has improved as well. You will also notice that you have an increase in your body awareness. In other words, you will begin to notice when you are slouching and will automatically adjust your posture.

When practicing yoga you will also need to know that you will be required to do breathing exercises and in doing so you will start to deepen your breathing naturally and you will then feel more relaxed even when you become stressed. Everyone, even beginners, say that when they do yoga they start to feel more relaxed. One crucial practice in this exercise is being able to quiet your mind and when you quiet the mind you will feel more peaceful overall.

If you suffer from heart problems, then yoga is for you. Because your able to breathe better and also are in a more relaxed state of mind, then your blood pressure will be lower due to your less stressed state of mind and state of body.

As you can see, yoga has many different benefits and is a great way to not only get some exercise, but your mind can benefit as well.

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Benefits of yoga:

There are many benefits of yoga for men and women. Some of them are:

Reduces stress and improves power of relaxation

Increases physical strength, stamina and flexibility

Imparts impulse Control

Helps in rehabilitation (to restore to good health condition) of old and new injuries

Boosts tolerance to pain and intensifying mental clarity

Purifies and enhances overall organ functioning

Favors to have peace of mind and a more positive outlook to life

Increases performance of the immune system

Enhances blood circulation

Offers extensive power of concentration and self control

Strengthens posture and muscle tone

Inculcates a sense of balance and internal harmony

Benefits yoga for kids:

Yoga is the right kind of exercise for children as it is gentle, non-competitive and works on entire body and mind. Children of all ages and physical abilities can participate.

It increases their concentration, focus and attention.

It improves their creativity and imagination.

It gives them a sense of a relaxed state of body and mind.

It boosts their self-esteem and confidence.

It results in strong, flexible and healthy bodies.

Benefits of yoga for pregnant woman:

Prenatal Yoga helps in viewing the struggle of childbirth with a positive frame of mind. This generates a more natural attitude towards pregnancy and childbirth.

Reducing anxiety, stress, and tension.

Reducing backache.

Improving circulation.

Increasing energy levels.

Strengthening of abdominal muscles.

Increasing chances of possessing a healthy baby.

Accelerating post-pregnancy recovery time.

Improving sleep.

Benefits of yoga for sports person:

Yoga is beneficial for sports person as postures consistently operates all the major muscle groups of the back, neck and shoulders, deep abdominal, hip and buttocks muscles and also ankles, feet, wrists and hands. Yoga postures will influence major and minor muscle groups and organs and at the same time import strength, improve flexibility and provide nutrition to internal organs.

Yoga can enhance the ability of person in any sport. Yoga helps in examining any imbalance in muscular development and will make both body and mind to work more efficiently. If sports person body is flexible and supple, then there are fewer chances for injuries, as joints will be kept smooth.

Benefits of yoga for old people:

Yoga is a mild form of exercise, which will not produce strain in the joints and muscles. This is very essential for old people.

Yoga helps to rejuvenate and develop flexibility in the body.

Yoga breathing techniques helps old people to breathe correctly and deeply, which make the capacity of lungs to be utilized perfectly. Which in turn guarantees that all cells in the body obtain sufficient oxygen, and also slows down the process of aging.

Yoga helps increasing the blood flow to several organs and tissues of the body. This helps in reducing the effect of aging.

The meditation techniques, which are so fundamental to yoga, improves concentration and makes memory sharp. They also help in reducing loss of mental sensitivity due to old age.

Yoga postures help to regulate blood pressure.

Yoga helps in enhancing a uniform development of physical, mental and spiritual conditions of a person. A person under supervision of yoga teacher or instructor must initially practice yoga compulsorily in order to know precautions and postures that suit you.

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Yoga represents an ancient philosophy and practice having its origins in India. Yoga implies both physical and mental discipline, being a way of improving our life, by continuously training our mind and our body. Yoga represents a way of relaxation and meditation, by using a set of techniques and practices which are extremely beneficial for the mind, the body and the spirit.

Yoga represents a way of discovering ourselves, of defining ourselves, of disciplining our body and mind and of finding equilibrium. Often we live chaotically, doing things without sense, making decisions without thinking, saying things without meaning. We stress ourselves, we hate, we love, we get angry, depressed, we get sick. Yoga practices are offering us solutions to all these problems, by educating our mind, body and spirit in order to reach equilibrium. Yoga practitioners use meditation in order to achieve self-awareness. Improvement must begin with us, with our own change, and the improvement of our own lifestyle, thinking or feeling. In this way we become aware of our true self and our true value.

First of all, yoga exercises improve our physical condition, by training our muscles and joints giving flexibility to our body. Secondly, yoga practices are extremely efficient in stopping the aging process and be healthy by imposing a rigorous discipline. Continuous practice of yoga revitalizes us and reduces the feeling of fatigue and stress, by controlling the energy of our body and helping to unblock it. It is a means of relaxation by eliminating stress.

Another important quality of yoga practice is that it disciplines the mind. It clears the mind, organizing our thought, helping us focus and concentrate on the things we have to do and that are really important in our lives. In addition, yoga helps us understand ourselves and the others, helps us to learn what empathy and compassion means. Yoga practices make us aware of what we are, of how we act or react, of our behavior, improving and changing it. We become more receptive and comprehensive, having a positive thinking and perception about the world, the people and, most of all, about us.

By practicing yoga we get away from the stressful things, we escape from the world that makes us anxious, after a hard day or week, after job or daily things that have to be done, after a year in which we worked hard. We escape from the daily problems and worries, relaxing our mind and body, preparing them for the things that are next to be done.

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Just as massage relaxes muscles, yoga stretches them and balances the body's energy. The practice of yoga has been in existence for centuries and continues to gain followers in the Western world. As a single person, you definitely should pay attention to how to relax and reduce stress in your life.

Yoga studios and gyms offer a wide range of classes, covering a variety of yoga styles. The key is to find the one that benefits you the most. Some people practice yoga as a means of stretching. While that element is important, I believe that yoga offers a host of other advantages as well. It helps you balance energies and open chakras. It helps the flow of oxygen throughout your body, thereby allowing your organs to function better. It quiets your mind and allows you to connect with your deeper self. It strengthens your body so that it is better prepared to handle ailments or fight infections.

And it can help relieve back problems--whether due to stress, injury or poor posture. I'm not a doctor, and I can't promise positive results, but my personal experience with yoga has been life-changing. I recently purchased a series of yoga DVDs by Yoga Zone, including the Ultimate Collection, Flexibility and Stress Release, and my personal favorite, Yoga for a Strong and Healthy Back.

There are plenty of others to choose from. You can find yoga classes at your local gym or yoga studio. Try several different classes and see how you feel afterward. Hopefully you will feel light, flexible, empowered, peaceful, and ready to take on life's challenges. Namaste!

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