By Sangeetha Saran
Our bodies enjoy the benefits of yoga in a number of ways, but one of the best benefits that yoga has is for our backs. Our daily posture takes a toll on our skeletal health. Whether you’re dealing with chronic back pain or just feel tension in you lower back after a long, stressful day, a bit of yoga can help you feeling better. How exactly does yoga help the back? The following are just some of the many ways a regular yoga practice can bring you relief.
Holding yoga poses forces you to engage those muscles, strengthening them. Almost every yoga pose involves the back muscles, so yoga is a great way to strengthen the back muscles and protect the spine.
Furthermore, the movements of yoga are gentle, making yoga easy and beneficially even to sufferers of chronic back pain. When your back muscles are strong, you will have an easier time carrying yourself, maintaining your posture, and reduce future feelings of pain.
Tension in our back muscles can also result in pain and force us to carry around stress, building even more tension in our muscles. Through regular yoga routines, we are able to stretch, relax, and release most of that tension.
As we reduce the pain associated with tension, we are also increasing our flexibility, which can keep pain away in the future.
Alignments and Posture
Back pain can occur when an individual has poor posture or their spine is not properly aligned. While trips to a chiropractor can help the individual return the spine to its proper position, those trips can be expensive and sometimes even painful.
Yoga is a great, and cheap, way to push the spine back into its correct position. Through strengthening the back muscles and stretching the spine, the individual can feel more comfortable and experience less back pain.
Understanding the Body
Yoga helps individuals get in touch with their body and understand the way the body can move, twist, and turn. If someone is experiencing back pain, it may be because they are trying to move in an unnatural or unhealthy position.
Yoga poses can help you understand how your body should move, which positions feel comfortable, and which motions your body does not identify well with. When you understand the basics of these movements, you’ll know how to better carry yourself each and every day.
Yoga is extremely popular because of its ability to help individuals relax. With many exercises or workouts, you leave the gym feeling anxious, tired, and may even experience a bit of pain. With yoga, you leave your session feeling relaxed, rejuvenated, and ready to face the day ahead of you.
If you suffer from back pain, you know how difficult it is to truly relax. No matter the severity of your pain, it is always in the back of your mind. Consistent yoga routines can help you to reduce stress, relax, and take your mind off the pain.
Back pain can be debilitating. Thankfully, yoga can help reduce your pain and get you back on your feet.
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3 Ways Yoga Can Benefit You in Everyday Life
By Richard John Anderson
The life of a modern person is quite a stressful one there are always so much we need to get done in a day plus all the other life pressures like finances, family, etc. So it would take pretty good reasons to convince a person to add something else to already busy schedule, so why would we even think about regular Yoga training sessions. Here I will try and examine the main benefits of Yoga and what it can add to our life.
Point One: Physical Health
One of the reasons why we keep this busy lifestyle is to create wealth for ourselves and our families. Have you ever heard a saying “health is your wealth”? Well trust me it is true. It does not matter how much money you have, you will not be able to use money if you are dead and neglecting your health is one of the quick ways to get there. The question we have to ask ourselves is not whether we can afford the time for exercise but it is whether we can afford not to. Health is a sliding scale and it is important to remember how much health affects our everyday life and work. The healthier you are the better you can concentrate on your work you also have more energy to get more things done in a shorter time frame, which means the healthier you are the more productive you become.
Yoga is one of the easiest and best ways for us to look after our physical wellbeing. The reason for this is that yoga exercises are so incredibly simple that they can be performed by even the most out of shape person and the more regularly you exercise the healthier you become. Yoga is also an efficient way of releasing stress and tension. During our normal workdays certain blockages develop around the body and that’s results in a number of vital organs not getting enough oxygen and other nutrients they need to function efficiently. Yoga designed to stretch different muscle groups in a particular ways that will remove these blockages from the body and the blood flow will bring all the oxygen and other nutrients to all body organs.
The benefits of yoga are both immediate and also long term. In a short term you will get an improvement in a blood flow extra energy and generally your body will function better as blood can deliver oxygen and other nutrients to all body organs. Another immediate benefit is the release of tension from muscles and reduction of stress. The long term benefits of yoga are your digestive system will also function more efficiently, which has innumerable health benefits. Your general flexibility and coordination will also improve.
Point Two: Mental Health
Have you ever thought about the importance of breath? We all aware that when someone stops breathing they will die, just thinking about this simplistic understanding tells us how important it is to breathe. Proper breathing is often ignored. It is quite important not only for multiple health benefits of yoga, but also for strong mental advantages it provides us.
Yoga exercises will normally begin with the breathing exercises. This simple exercise of taking a deep breath and then slowly releasing it, it is incredibly calming and relaxing, and the breathing exercises are a vital backbone of Yoga. The key to this is that it concentrates all our attention to one simple action of breathing. We become quite aware of the life giving benefit of a controlled and deep breathing cycle and we are able to achieve a level of calmness that we often don’t find in our everyday lives. That calmness itself is a major stepping-stone to achieving focus.
For us the ability to focus is possibly the single most important skill in a work environment. There are always so many things happening around us so much that we need to do that is quite difficult to focus your mind on a single task we are in process of doing because of all other things which we have in the back of our minds. Yoga teaches you the technique of how to quickly clear your mind and then focus on a single current task. It is also a good provider of personal discipline. The self discipline that is learned from focusing on the body and becoming a master of oneself is one of the major benefits of yoga.
Point Three: Happiness
Happiness is something which is quite often sacrificed in the short term in exchange for some mystical hope that everything will come together in a future and everything will be ok. Yoga will not move you closer to that point in future, but it will help you to develop a strong sense of self and a connection with yourself so you can become more content with your current situation. The more you practice yoga you will find yourself more comfortable spending quality time alone and with other people. Your sense of self worth will increase and you will perform better in social situations. This is probably the most important of the many benefits of yoga.