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YOGA AND PHYSICAL FITNESS

August 03 2020 07:23 AM.

YOGA AND PHYSICAL FITNESS


The word yoga means ‘union’ in Sanskrit.  It is a practice that aims to bring harmony between the minds, body and spirit. What is commonly referred to as ‘yoga’ in the modern context can be more accurately described by the Sanskrit terms asana or yoga, which refers to the practice of physical postures or poses. Asana is only one of the eight ‘limbs’ of yoga. Most of the other aspects are concerned with mental and spiritual well-being.

The core components of Yoga and most general classes are:

Poses: Yoga poses (asana), also called postures, is a series of movements designed to increase strength and flexibility. Poses range from lying on the floor while completely relaxed to difficult postures that may stretch our physical limits.

Breathing: Controlling our breathing (pranayama) is an important part of yoga. In yoga, breath signifies our vital energy. Yoga teaches that controlling our breathing can bring balance within our body and calm our mind.

1.      Benefits of practicing yoga:
2.      Improved flexibility
3.      Increased strength
4.      Improved Posture
5.      Improves Breathing
6.      Reduce the Effects of Health Disease
7.     Improves Mood
 
Surya Namaskar : Surya Namaskar is a set of 12 asana (postures) which utilizes almost 95% of our body muscles, In Sanskrit, Surya Namaskar means “salutation’. Hence, Surya Namaskar is an exercise in salutation of the sun – the ultimate energy provider for our planet.

Health Benefits of Surya Namaskar : Performing Surya Namaskar alone can strengthen our body and improve health even if we don’t engage in any other exercise or yogasana.
The following are some of the key benefits of Surya Namaskar:

1.     It stretches the body and relieves the stiffness of joints and ligaments
2.     It stimulates digesting and cardio vascular systems, helping them to perform better
3.     It enables the various endocrinal glands to function properly
4.     It helps in weight reduction and burning extra fat around abdomen.

Important Point: After all your exercises in Yoga and Asana – consciously relax our body and mind for approximately 10 to 20 minutes.