We drown in day to day. Work, routine, housework, children, grocery shopping … Our life is a constant stress. That’s why we’re going to talk about all the benefits that yoga can bring to that frenetic pace.
Normally we don’t have time to stop and enjoy trivial things like the breeze on our face or the sound of birds. The lifestyle we lead is frantic and wears away our quality of life. That’s why from time to time it’s important to stop and dedicate time to ourselves.
It doesn’t matter if you are a yoga beginner or if you have been practicing for a long time. The benefits of yoga are universal and are felt physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually.
Global benefits of yoga
Yoga improves health. This may sound somewhat trivial and generalized but it is true. In the West the practice of yoga has been greatly associated with the realization of physical postures. That’s why it is usually seen as a kind of physical discipline. Nothing could be further from the truth. Although it is associated with the physical part, practicing yoga helps to calm our mind and improve our emotional state. That’s why it is said that the benefits of yoga are felt at all levels.
A person is healthy when not only has a good physical shape but also maintains control of his/her thoughts and emotions. We all know that stress and bad mood contribute to the detriment of physical health so by improving our mood we contribute to the improvement of our body on a global level. And for that, Blessed yoga!
Improvements in the knowledge of ourselves
The realization of yoga poses or asanas make us gain consciousness about our body. It helps us to know ourselves externally and internally and to expand our physical and mental limits. We also learn to control our breathing so it gives us tools to control anxiety in our daily lives. Finally, practicing yoga requires us to maintain our attention in the achievement of the poses, so we put aside the distractions and worries that dominate our day to day.
Finally, the constant practice of yoga is gradually raising our spiritual awareness. Yoga develops our kind part and causes changes related to gratitude, love and patience among many other virtues.
Imagine for a moment having these techniques. Practice a discipline that not only improves your physical condition, but also helps you to maintain balanced emotions such as stress, anxiety, fear, anger, victimization, etc. Sounds good, right?
Physical benefits of yoga
Many people (I would dare say most of them) start practicing yoga as a form of physical exercise. This is because changes at the body level are noticed very quickly.
Yoga is for everyone
The first thing we will notice is an increase in strength and flexibility. Yoga acts on the entire locomotor system. Not only does toning of the muscles improve, but it also helps strengthen the bones. That’s why yoga is recommended for all ages: children, adults, pregnant women and even seniors.
One of the most positive things about yoga is that asanas can be adapted to any person and physical needs. In this way, everyone can improve their coordination and flexibility regardless of their physical limitations. In addition, it has a double function because it not only contributes to the improvement of many ailments but also plays an important role in the prevention of injuries.
When it comes to the bony part, yoga slows bone loss and osteoporosis. In addition, with yoga we teach our body to correct the bad postures we adopt on a daily basis. In this way we avoid the deformation of the bones and fight arthritis.
Regarding flexibility, it is a factor that develops a lot in yoga practitioners. In particular, beginners tend to see very rapid progress in this regard. That’s why yoga also contributes to the improvement and maintenance of joint health.
All these factors together make us feel a growing lightness. Our body becomes less clumsy and acquires greater control and balance unconsciously. The rigidity of muscles and bones disappears little by little so we suffer less injuries, accidents and falls.
Keep in mind that if this is accompanied by a good diet, the physical changes will be spectacular and very long term.
Benefits of yoga for the immune system
The immune system is what protects us against diseases. In order for this retaining wall to remain strengthened, it is necessary to maintain the level of hormones and other controlled chemical substances. One of the most important is cortisol.
Cortisol is known as the stress hormone and having high levels of this hormone causes episodes of anger, anger, anxiety and insomnia among others. In addition, cortisol suppresses the action of the immune system.
The practice of yoga helps maintain balance in cortisol levels. This improves both your state of mind and your attitude towards life. On the other hand, practicing yoga helps the relaxation of the body and mind so you will sleep better and have a better quality of sleep. This allows a better cell regeneration. Therefore, not only your immune system will be strengthened, but you will also enjoy an increase in your quality of life.
Mental benefits of yoga
I never tire of repeating it on Instagram: the mind can be our worst enemy or our best ally. The difference lies in whether we control it or it’s it that controls us. That’s why it is essential to learn to control and dominate our mind and our thoughts. Practicing yoga requires a high level of concentration in order to perform the asanas correctly and at the same time coordinate them with the breath.
At the beginning coordinate movement and breathing will be an active effort. That’s why it’s important to stay focused during practice. However, there will come a time when this concentration will become unconscious. That is when you begin to apply this learning in every moment of your life. Your mind becomes calmer, the thoughts more positive and you are able to control emotional states such as stress, anger or anxiety.
The importance of meditating
One of the things that I have not yet talked about in this post, but that has a brutal power over the control of our mind and our emotions, is meditation. In yoga class we should learn to meditate, to calm our mind and to be able to decide which thoughts we approach in each moment. In this way we can control our flow of thoughts and emotions during the day.
As you see, the benefits of yoga for the mind are enormous because they apply not only to the practice of yoga but to all areas of life. So remember, every time you feel life crushing you a bit, just breathe and concentrate on just one thing. It sounds cliché, but believe me, it works.
Emotional benefits of yoga
Once we have seen the benefits of yoga for the body and for the mind, we still need to know the benefits for our emotions. It’s important to learn to identify what we feel at each moment in order to promote positive emotions and eliminate those that don’t add value to our life.
Breathing and concentration are two very powerful tools to develop internal self-knowledge. Working with direct contact with ourselves makes us more aware of what we feel at each moment. This way we can change our way of approaching life, which will have a favorable effect on our emotional stability. Once I read a phrase that I loved and that defines what I am saying perfectly: “the exit is towards the interior“.
Other benefits of yoga
All these are just some of the benefits of yoga but the changes go much further. Here are some more:
- Improvement of tone and muscular strength
- Increase the physical strength of the whole body
- Avoid physical rigidity
- Promotes proprioception and balance
- Improves coordination
- Increase lung capacity
- Accelerates the recovery of injuries
- Increase willpower
- Reduces stress and anxiety
- Favors quality sleep
- Alleviate the pain
- Increase libido
- Accelerates the metabolism
- Help to lose weight
- Improve performance and concentration
- Promotes control of thoughts
- Encourage values such as gratitude, love or patience
- Stimulates the feeling of happiness
- Develop the spiritual life
- And many more!
In summary, health is nothing more than the sum of physical, mental, emotional and spiritual well-being. Yoga is a wonderful way to achieve overall internal and external balance. Doing yoga continuously will make this well-being last beyond each practice. Being constant we can extrapolate to our daily life all the benefits that we get in yoga class. In your hand is the possibility to say yes! to all the wonders that this philosophy of life offers.
Yoga goes through an endless path but the route is magical. Enjoy the process and if you liked this article we encourage you to share it in your social networks and leave us a comment.