Yoga definition and benefits.
Almost everyone has heard about yoga, but if you try to figure out you will find various definitions, often contradictory: from Indian gymnastics to spiritual practice, from Chinese art of wellbeing to exercise for ancient civilization.
So what is yoga? it originates from Sanskrit word “yug” meaning to ‘join’ or ‘to unite’. It is a combination of spiritual, physical and mental discipline. It is speculated to have originated during pre-Vedic times in India from Lord Shiva, also commonly known as ‘Lord of yoga and Meditation.
Since then it has spread through various cultures; developing and growing in
YOGA EXERCISES Types
- MEDITATION TECHNIQUES
ASANAS – are comfortable postures that benefit physically both internally and externally. It activates muscles which we hardly use in daily life and influences on the volume of cavities in body providing an inside massage to our viscera.
Some of the most frequently used poses are
Padmasana (lotus pose)
Virasana (warrior pose)
Matsiasana (fish pose)
Vrikshasana (tree pose)
Shavasana (corphniques and exercizese pose)
PRANAYAMS – are breathing techniques and exercises
Pranayamas are aimed at improving breathing patterns which in turn improves cardiovascular capacity and relaxes mind and muscles.
BANDHAS is a Sanskrit word meaning a ‘lock’, which explains the mechanism of its.Bandhas block flow of energys and liuid related to them.
There are three main Bandhas
- Jalandhara bandha
- Uddiyana bandha
- Mula bandha
KRIYA– are dynamic exercises used especially for cleansing of internal organs, digestive tract and blood
MUDRAS- Or gestures are performed with entire body usually using hands eyes and tongue
MEDITATION TECHNIQUES – aimed at mastering psyche functions by concentration either on breathing or signals coming from object. Some forms of meditation involve repeating chants and mantras for inner peace and calmness.
Yoga Mental benefits:
- Control anxiety and depression
- Boost memory
- Increased concentration
- Makes you happier
- Sleep better
- Control aggression
- Increase focus
- Build strength
- Improve flexibility
- Improve posture
- Increase blood flow
- Controls blood pressure