Union of Body, Mind & Soul
14 July 2020
Yoga is a great approach to strengthen and relax the body while promoting physical health in multiple different ways. However, there's a lot more, that Yoga can do. While many people think that it's a gentler way to exercise, most practitioners recognise that yoga is not just physical — it brings balance between the mind, emotions & consciousness too.
Its originated from the Sanskrit word 'Yuj', which means union; an ancient 5000-year-old practise that harmonizes the body through breathing exercises, asanas (poses) & meditation.
Although the lockdown is starting its relaxation phases, the pandemic is far from being over. We still have to be reasonable about the way we bring back normalcy, until then, it's necessary to maintain the balance between our physical & mental wellbeing. Let's understand how Yoga can help in attaining that balance and dedicate this 'International Yoga Day' month towards your inner transformation.
THE CONNECTION WITH AYURVEDA
Yoga is a settled state of the mind, as per the verse from the Yoga Sutra, 'yogas chitta vritti nirodhaha'. Whereas, the Ayurvedic text, 'svasmin dishati iti svasthah' states that - one who always remains united with the self is a healthy person. These verses indicate, both Yoga & Ayurveda share the same goal of attaining union.
In simple terms, 'Ayurveda is the Science & Yoga is the practice of Science'. Yoga originates in the Yajur Veda, while Ayurveda originates in the Atharva Veda and Rig Veda. They both are based upon the principles of rigunas (sattva, rajas and tamas) and the panchamahabuthas (earth, air, fire, water, space).
The Ayurvedic text in Charaka Samhita states that Yoga is essential for terminating physical stress and bringing calmness to the mind before meditation. It is a fundamental aspect to dinacharya, the ayurvedic routine. Ayurveda calls it an ideal exercise, which rejuvenates the body, improves digestion & eliminates tension.
BENEFITS OF PRACTISING YOGA
It has several scientifically proven benefits for both mental and physical health. The key to reaping the benefits is to practice daily and consistently, without any self-criticism. In addition to the below-listed benefits, preliminary research shows that yoga may help with migraines, osteoporosis, balance and mobility issues, multiple sclerosis, inflammatory bowel disease, etc.
- The number one advantage is it releases stress and promotes relaxation (decreases the discharge of cortisol, the primary stress hormone)
- Improves your strength and flexibility
- Boosts your immune system
- Reduces fatigue & improves sleep
- Relief from Back pain & Arthritis
- It may help improve heart health and reduce several risks
- Assists in fighting Anxiety & Depression
- Pranayama helps improve breathing and increases the vital capacity of your lungs
- Promotes healthy eating habit
- Provides an energising effect on both the body and the mind
Here is a list of essential Yoga asanas, which you can practice daily for both mental & physical wellbeing -
Helps in increasing the flexibility of your ankles, thighs and joints
Improves balance & stability in the legs
Improves the function of respiratory, digestive and circulatory systems
Eliminates stress and anxiety and improves blood circulation.
Helps relieve the symptoms of menopause and menstrual discomfort.
Calms the brain, helps relieve stress and mild depression
Helps relieve fatigue, eases anxiety & stimulates digestion
Incorporating a yoga routine can help enhance your health, increase strength, flexibility and reduce symptoms of stress, depression and anxiety, in these difficult times. Finding the time to practice yoga just a few times per week may be enough to make a remarkable difference in your wellbeing.
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