5 Benefits of Yoga Practice or “The Steps of Yoga Path”
Updated: Dec 7, 2019
In Yoga Sutra Patanjali describes “The 8 steps of Yoga”.
But, what are the major benefits of this wonderful ancient practice?
As a practitioner, yoga teacher and teachers’ coach, I want to share the list of fundamentals for me based on my personal experience and in what I have observed during the 15 years that I have been practicing and sharing yoga.
1. Yoga Strengthens the Immune System
Yoga strengthens the body then the mind follows that process.
We already know that body-mind separation, that is a seed of the typical dichotomies of Western thought, has no place in the Eastern disciplines. And yoga is not an exception.
Through physical practice together with the concentration and awareness of the breath, we strengthen the power of our body, which inevitably has a positive impact on the immune system, and consequently on a stronger mind.
How the ancient Romans said:
"mens sana en corpore sano" (healthy soul in a healthy body).
2. Yoga Improves Circulation & Decreases of Fatigue
Through the asana practice, the whole body is stimulated, and due to the nature of the postures, the blood circulation in the body improves. After that, we can experience a general decrease of tiredness and fatigue.
3. Yoga Increases Concentration Ability
Yoga is awareness of the present moment, or "mindfulness." Training the mind in mindfulness improves the ability to concentrate also outside the yoga classroom.
4. Yoga Improves Self-esteem and Relieves Depression
The awareness of the present moment, or "mindfulness," is part of the practice. It helps us bring the mind to "here and now."
Yoga itself is not the antidote to depression, which, especially in its most acute form, has to be treated by professionals in that sector. But it has been shown that yoga practice supports to get out of depression.
5. Yoga Reduces Stress, Blood Pressure, Depression & Anxiety
It is obvious that the healing power of the practice has an impact on more efficient stress management. The union between breathing and yoga movement brings the mind to a state of relaxation that makes the day-to-day stress management easier, and more efficient.
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