In Yoga the body is understood as an expression of our mental and spiritual condition. In order to measure whether a body is healthy or not, the old Yogamasters regarded to how alive a body is. Said in other words, how much life energy is pulsating in us.
If this flow of life energy is blocked by mental or physical blockades, we have pain or we feel exhausted and weak. To enable the flow of energy, especially the Hatha Yoga has developed and refined countless techniques – such as body postures, breathing exercises and meditation.
1. Strengthens and tones the body
Yoga poses help to strengthen your body. It is a great option for functional fitness since it allows your body to be both strengthened and stretched in positions (Asanas) that your body is naturally in on a day-to-day basis.
2. Relaxes the mind and releases tension in the body
Yoga really encourages you to focus on your breath, which helps you to relax the mind. With a conscious, steady breathing we can find ease and comfort even in the most difficult poses. And even more important to transfer that into every situation in life. We learn, that we don’t need to feel at ease to be at ease.
3. Tones and strengthens the spine and corrects the posture
All of our nerves branch out from the spine, connecting the various organ systems to the brain. It is said that if the spine is rigid, nerve impulses cannot flow freely through the body and internal organs become weakened and subject to disease. If you keep the spine flexible, the nerves remain strong and your health is maintained.
4. Improves flexibility and muscle joint mobility
There are two major schools of scientific thought on what actually most limits flexibility and what should be done to improve it. The first school focuses not on stretching muscle fiber itself but on increasing the elasticity of connective tissues, the cells that bind muscle fibers together, encapsulate them and network them with other organs; the second addresses the “stretch reflex” and other functions of the autonomic (involuntary) nervous system. Yoga works on both. That’s why it’s such an effective method for increasing flexibility.
5. Helps with cravings
Yoga is great for balancing our systems and helping to curb all sorts of wacky things such as oversleeping, overeating, the desire to drink or smoke, eat sugar and more!
6. Good Health
Yoga eases back pain and improves muscular-skeletal conditions such as bad knees, tight shoulders and neck. It can help with kyphosis, lordosis and scoliosis. Practicing on regular bases, it increases stamina, creates balance and grace. Furthermore Yoga stimulate the glands of the endocrine system, improves digestion and elimination. It increases the blood circulation and improves heart conditions. Breathing disorders can be reduced according to Pranayama. Besides Yoga Asanas boost the immune response, decreases cholesterol and blood sugar levels and encourages weight loss.