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How Yoga Helps You To Stay Fit and Healthy

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Posted on 10:20AM Jun 16, 2018 in General


How Yoga Helps You To Stay Fit and Healthy



What is Yoga?

The term "yoga" comes from a Sanskrit word meaning "union." Yoga combines physical exercises, mental meditation, and breathing techniques to strengthen the muscles and relieve stress.

Yoga

Origin

Yoga originated in ancient India and is considered one of the longest surviving philosophical systems in the world. Some scholars have estimated that yoga is as old as 5,000 years; artifacts detailing yoga postures have been found in India from over 3000 B.C. A recent poll conducted by Yoga Journal found that over 200 million people practice yoga worldwide.

Benefits

Clinical and psychological studies have demonstrated that performing yoga has the following benefits:

  • Physical postures strengthen and tone muscles, and when performed in rapid succession, can provide cardiovascular conditioning.
  • Meditation and deep breathing can reduce stress, thereby lowering blood pressure and inducing relaxation.
  • Mind/body awareness can influence mood and self-esteem to improve quality of life.
  • Prevents cartilage and joint breakdown.
  • Regulates your adrenal glands.
  • Lowers blood sugar.
  • Maintains your nervous system.
  • Boosts your immune system functionality
  • Increases your self-esteem.

Caution

Injuries have been reported when yoga postures were performed without proper form or concentration, or by attempting difficult positions without working up to them gradually or having appropriate supervision. Beginners sometimes report muscle soreness and fatigue after performing yoga, but these side effects diminish with practice.



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