Yoga, Health and Homeostasis

Why Yoga?

We are living in an era where more and more individuals are in search of inner satisfaction.

For many, this is simply maintaining good health and a basic sense of peace.

For others, it is a more complex matter.

Others seek to re-create themselves and their exterior world by transforming their internal world.

In other words, they seek transformation in order to heighten their overall personal sense of health and well-being.

Many people search for this improved self by resorting to Yoga.

Many think of it as merely stretching.

But, it is really so much more than that and we'll discuss why.

Not many are aware of its benefits or its origin.

This discipline originated in India, and the word itself means Union.

Specifically, it refers to union of the body, mind and spirit.

It involves the practice of physical postures and poses.

These are often referred to as 'asana' in Sanskrit (a language of India).

As the term itself suggests, the fundamental aim is to create a balance between the body and the mind thereby attaining self-enlightenment.

This can be accomplished through various modes of movement, breathing and relaxation techniques.

Search here to find poses. Search here to discover books, tapes and other learning material. As one of the oldest disciplines for good health, it affords stability for the body structure and calmness for the wandering mind.

The different poses and stretching exercises increase lubrication for the joints, tendons and ligaments.

Studies also suggest that because of its intense poses, it is a form of exercise which can actually massage internal organs.

It is definitely a form of exercise which ensures physical and mental vibrancy, strength and fitness.

Yoga is one of the best known remedies for curing chronic ailments which are typically managed with pharmacology.

Individuals suffering from backaches, headaches or arthritis are encouraged to practice very specific poses which target specific muscles in a specific way.

It can cure, or at least, manage some of these ailments.

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Yoga also focuses on breathing techniques.

Full, deep breathing facilitates poses and stretching exercises.

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These techniques are very beneficial as they improve lung capacity.

Many people with asthma or emphysema and other chronic breathing difficulties, have found this to be an invaluable benefit.

In short, it can be an appropriate exercise for the structure and beautification of the body.

Finally, it is important to learn and pratice these techniques in a manner which prevents injuries and sprains.

Also, consult your physician if you are interested in yoga but question whether your current state of health permits it.

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