Why Yoga Relieves Stress, Improves Health and Balances Your Life

What is Yoga | Introduction


Yoga is a healthy lifestyle art and science-based on Indian philosophy. It is a spiritual discipline based on a very rigorous science that focuses on the coordination of mind and body.

Yoga harmonizes with all areas of life, so it is known as disease prevention, health promotion, and cure for many lifestyle-related disorders.

Today, yoga is popular not only in India but around the world, it is not only effective for the cure of certain ailments but also for the physical training of the practitioner and for providing a feeling of well-being from mental and emotional distress. So it is very good to practice yoga as part of a healthy lifestyle.

The word yoga derived from Sanskrit word 'YUJ' meaning 'join' or 'unite'.

According to yoga texts, the practice of yoga leads to the unity of the individual consciousness, which implies the perfect harmony between mind and body, between man and nature.

The ultimate goal of yoga is to achieve self-realization by overcoming all kinds of suffering.

It is one of the oldest sciences in the world originating in India. Yoga is very useful for the maintenance and maintenance of one's physical and mental health and for 'mental and spiritual evolution'.
 
Life is stressful. Between a down economy, long commutes to a job you may not even like, and overbearing bosses, not to mention trying to eke out a few minutes of "me" time in between diaper changes and dinner dates with your significant other, life can be challenging.

Equally apparent is that for decades we've been told that yoga can combat all of these stressors -- and yet, it seems as if it is one of the last things people try to take the edge off.

For Leslie Crespi, a social worker in Atlanta, it was the changes she saw in a colleague that got her to consider attending an Inner Engineering program of Isha yoga.

A key component to the practice is the "kriya," which Crespi describes to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution in an interview as a "process to energize and balance the human system using breathing."

"The kriya gives me a sense of balance and the ability to deal with life as it is," she tells the paper. "It's not about what I do anymore. It's about how I am, and that's a beautiful way to live."

If the thought of having more balance and energy in your life sounds intriguing, the Isha Institute of Inner Sciences may just be for you.

Nestled in Tennessee's spectacular Upper Cumberland (45 minutes outside of Chattanooga), the retreat center offers daily campus tours that include light hikes, rejuvenating time spent in Adiyogi: Abode of Yoga (an energized meditation space), and a visit to the largest yoga and meditation hall in the western hemisphere.

For daytrippers, visitors learn yoga for free, if they arrive in the scheduled time for the session each day.

Looking to stay awhile? An overnight includes the option of private studio accommodations, delicious vegetarian buffet meals, and an introductory yoga session of the visitor's choice, such as the yoga of sound, yoga for strengthening the joints, and yoga for purifying life energies.

The center also offers a myriad of opportunities for hiking and mountain biking on forested trails winding throughout nearly 1,400 acres. The center's five miles of mountain biking trails feature waterfalls, a spring-fed creek, and bluff overlooks.

And for those strictly interested in getting centered, there are beginning level yoga and meditation weekends, classical Hatha yoga programs, and individual wellness retreats.

For more information, please visit www.IshaUSA.org. (NewsUSA)

Yoga for Health Positioning Your Body and Mind


Have you rolled a yoga mat lately? If so, you are among the many who have adopted yoga to relax and stay healthy. One in seven adults in the US practiced yoga last year. Yoga can help bring about many health and wellness benefits.

Yoga, based on Indian philosophy involves the body and mind. It started as a spiritual practice. Modern yoga focuses more on physical postures, breathing techniques, and meditation. Meditation includes exercises to help clear and calm your thoughts.

“With practice, yoga teaches you to guide the mind into a single object,” says Dr. Nasheed, an expert at NAH on yoga research. Pamela Jeter explains. "It trains you to be aware and present at the moment."

But, she says, it requires a lot of practice. She suggests focusing on the physical aspects first. The meditation portion will become easier with time.

There are many types of yoga. Some are slow and focus on catching poses. Others involve moving movements that connect to your breathing.

Research suggests that yoga can help improve general health. Studies have shown that yoga has helped some people manage stress, improve mental health, lose weight and quit smoking.

There is also evidence that yoga can be helpful for certain medical conditions. "Yoga help to reduce pain and symptoms of menopause". It has improved sleep in studies of the elderly and those with cancer.

Numerous studies have shown that yoga can help people with chronic low back pain. Some experts now recommend it as a first-line treatment for low back pain along with other non-drug therapies.

But Jeter warns that more quality research is needed to confirm the health benefits of yoga. "There is a lot of research on different health conditions, but not enough to be sure," she says. Yoga should not replace your health care provider's treatment.

It is unclear what yoga this helps. The training combines physical, mental, and spiritual factors. “Yoga has many elements. We don't know what the active ingredient is, ”says Jeter.

Research on yoga is ongoing. Studies are currently looking at whether yoga is helpful for specific groups. For example, the military could reduce chronic pain or improve the quality of life for people with breast cancer. New studies are looking into whether yoga can help with mental health conditions like anxiety, depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

If you are thinking about starting yoga, what do you need to know? "Start slowly and carefully to avoid any type of injury," says Jeter. If you have a medical condition, talk to your health care provider before starting.

Everyone's body is different. Yoga posters should be modified based on your abilities. Choose an experienced instructor who will take care of your needs.

You may also want to seek out a yoga therapist. “Yoga therapists have more advanced training than a typical yoga instructor,” explains Jeter. "They were trained to work with different terms and to work together or in small groups."

If you want to try yoga, see the Wise Choice box for tips on getting started.

Wise Choices


Getting Started With Yoga

  • Start with an appropriate yoga class. Look for ones called beginner level, “gentle” yoga, or senior classes.
  • Ask about the training and experience of the yoga instructor you’re considering.
  • Talk with your health care provider before trying yoga if you’re pregnant, older, or have a health condition.
  • Let your yoga instructor know about your individual needs and any medical issues.
  • Go slowly to prevent injury. Avoid extreme positions and forceful breathing. Listen to your body.


  • Find studies recruiting people for research on yoga. You can start at ClinicalTrials.gov.
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