What Is Yoga And How Will It Benefit You

An ounce of practice is worth ten tons of theory

Swami Vishnu Devananda

The word Yoga means “union”. Yoga originates from India and has been developing for some five thousand years. It is one of the oldest systems of personal development in the world encompassing the body mind and spirit. Yoga is a comprehensive system of postures which use the spiritual, mental and physical attributes of the body. All these combined assist in reducing stress and anxiety within the body. Practicing yoga can help you become calmer and relaxed as well as physically feeling more energetic and mentally alert. In addition to these one of yoga’s main purposes is to strengthen the body. Practicing the postures, meditation and breathing exercises makes you feel healthier in the body, mind and spirit. Yoga lets you tune into your emotions and thoughts whilst letting the body relax and at the same time tones and shapes the muscles of the body.

Yoga can be practiced at any age. It is ideal for mature adults as yoga does not strain the hip, knee and ankle joints nor jar the spine. It can also be adapted for most injuries and disabilities. Yoga helps you to become more aware of your body’s posture, alignment and balance. Through Yoga the body becomes more flexible and helps you to relax even in the midst of a stressful situation. This is one of the principle health benefits of yoga and why people starting to practice yoga feel fitter, more energetic and more peaceful within themselves.

Yoga increases the intake of oxygen and enhances the functioning of the respiratory system. Yogic postures also improve the functions of the digestive, endocrine, reproductive, elimination, circulatory, nervous, muscular, immune and skeletal systems.

The teachings of yoga are based on an intricate and precise understanding of the healthy functioning of the human body and mind, and its techniques are designed to maximize your own potential for good health, vitality and lasting youthfulness”. Swami Vishnu Devananda, 1983