Yoga poses and their benefits I: Understanding How Yoga Works

Yoga poses and their benefits I: Understanding How Yoga Works
7 May, 2014

Stress is all around us and unknowingly it can give us a lot of health problems.  Stress would often manifest in lower back pains, headaches, muscle pains, migraines.  At its worst, stress and anxiety can trigger asthma, heart diseases, high or low blood pressure and other health conditions.  So what does this mean?  This just simply tells you that you need to pause and think about how you can take care of yourself.  You have to treat your body as the temple of your soul! 

One of the most highly recommended stress management is Yoga.  It teaches one proper breathing, strengthens and makes the body flexible, and conditions your mind how to relax.  What is more interesting about Yoga is that you can do it at your own convenient time and at the comfort of your home.  Today, Yoga is offered almost everywhere – fitness gym, health spa, clubs, hospitals and clinics, Yoga studio, school, corporate office, and even on resorts and cruise.  Getting into the Yoga habit and knowing the poses and understanding its purpose helps one achieve a stress-free day.


Understanding how Yoga works

In the different styles, poses,intensities, and forms of Yoga one has to understand that there are differentpurposes as well as varying results that it brings.  Poses in general are designed to develop,improve, and increase the flexibility and strength of an individual whileproper breathing is more related to supplying vital energy to your body. 

When it comes to understandinghow these poses benefit health and medical conditions in a more specific way,there have been numerous studies, research, and literatures about thetopic.  The most popular may be itseffect on individuals with heart disease. There has been some validations and studies that those who take Yoga asan exercise have improved and slowed their heart rate which is good for thosewho are stroke-candidates, have high blood pressure, and other heartdisease. 

Yoga was also highlighted astherapeutic and is beneficial to those experiencing depression, back pain,asthma and other chronic health conditions.  Improving one’s strength for both the body andmind is also another key feature of Yoga. It even supports, toughens, and realigns the internal organs of anindividual.  It also serves as a powerfulhealing and people have experienced a relief from respiratory problems,allergies, and diabetes.  It also healsany problems or concerns with circulatory, reproductive and digestive systems.

In our next blog post we will present some of the Asanas (postures) and define what particular health conditions or bodily systems they can relieve or strengthen.

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