WHY DO YOGA?
Yoga Creates both flexibility and strength along with
cardiovascular health. It creates mental clarity and focus
and emotional balance. Yoga is safe for all ages and body
types. It facilitates healing from injuries and is a wonderful
way to create wellness.
You weight train to gain strength, jog or do aerobics for
a cardiovascular workout, practice tai-chi to develop a sense
of balance and harmony, stretch to gain flexibility, and
meditate to develop peace of mind and relaxation. Yoga is a
form of exercise that gives you everything: strength,
endurance, balance, flexibility, and relaxation. It is the only
complete form of bodywork that does it all. Indeed, yoga is
more than stretching and relaxation: it is the ultimate mindbody
Yoga increases flexibility as it offers positions that act
upon the various joints of the body including those joints
that aren’t always in the forefront of notice-ability. These
joints are rarely exercised, however, with yoga, they are!
Various yoga positions exercise the different tendons
and ligaments of the body. The body that may have been
quite rigid begins experiencing a remarkable flexibility in
even those parts which have not been consciously worked
upon. Seemingly unrelated non-strenuous yoga positions
act upon certain parts of the body in an interrelated manner.
When done together, they work in harmony to create a
situation where flexibility is attained relatively easily.
Yoga is perhaps the only form of activity which
massages all the internal glands and organs of the body in a
thorough manner, including those – such as the prostate –
that hardly get externally stimulated during our entire
lifetime. Yoga acts in a wholesome manner on the various
body parts. This stimulation and massage of the organs in
turn benefits us by keeping away disease and providing a
forewarning at the first possible instance of a likely onset of
disease or disorder.
By gently stretching muscles and joints as well as
massaging the various organs, yoga ensures the optimum
blood supply to various parts of the body. This helps in the
flushing out of toxins from every nook and cranny as well as
providing nourishment up to the last point. This leads to
benefits such as delayed ageing, energy and a remarkable
zest for life.
But these enormous physical benefits are just a “side
effect” of this powerful practice. What yoga does is
harmonize the mind with the body.