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Once a mysterious and obscure practice for the few, yoga has now become oxygen for a million souls and a universal icon for serenity that resonates with urbanites all over the world. Popular for its ability to control stress, yoga is an engaging counterpoint to modern life. With just a few movements (and proper alignment and breathing techniques), yoga can neutralize the influence of the digital world and aid our health.
Swami Sivananda describes beautifully the health benefits of yoga and meditation, “You can have calmness of mind at all times by the practice of yoga. You can have restful sleep. You can have increased energy, vigor, vitality, longevity, and a high standard of health." Yoga can empower individuals to overcome disease and gain control over their health and life. Perhaps it can even reduce your need to visit hospitals throughout the years.
The effects of yoga on the body.
We can think of yoga as a science, proven over thousands of years. Without sufficient oxygen in the body to generate energy, lactic acid begins to accumulate, causing muscle fatigue. Through the slow moments of yoga, combined with purposeful breathing, the body receives sufficient oxygen, without causing any strain on the heart. Any lactic acid is released through relaxation poses. Inside and outside, your body is massaged, toned and stimulated, aiding with digestive, muscular, skeletal, cardiovascular, lymphatic, respiratory, urinary and reproductive systems, including your skin, eyes and hair.
On the spine, joints, and central nervous system - Yoga also works on the spine, helping to promote proper posture, and on the central nervous system, toning sympathetic and parasympathetic nerve control. With yoga, range of motion improves as joints are opened and pressure is exerted on the cartilage.
On the endocrine system - Many yoga poses also work on the endocrine glands, stimulating the pineal, pituitary, thyroid and adrenal glands to keep secretions and hormones in balance.
Devakar is a leading writer and a yoga fanatic from India. An avid traveler, he has visited the recesses of his motherland, only to come back with intricate information about ancient practices, which he shares through his writing. He is actively involved in yoga and run a school for yoga teacher training india. To know more about him, visit: shaktiyogapeeth.com