Do having biceps and abs means which are healthy? Hitting the gym, working out, losing weight, gaining weight, toning up this is how we are today! Busy in shaping our exterior beauty. Have we ever thought of inner peace which is fading in the hustle and bustle of our busy lives? Having a good physique has no sense if we are not mentally stable. To be called as a healthy person we should be both physically and mentally healthy.
The solution to this problem is “YOGA”. Yoga means union. Importance of yoga in modern life is a state of being in the present and focusing on here and now. It is a path to self-discovery and unification of mind and soul. Yes, it is a series of postures that make us sweat and burn calories but more than that it is a way to escape the restriction of the mind and the limitation we put on ourselves. It is not just an exercise, it is an art which has been recognized worldwide to live a healthy and prosperous life. June 21st has been declared as international yoga day by the “united nation general assembly”.
Researchers have provided some concrete clues as to how yoga works to improve health, heel aches and pain and keep sickness at bay.
The benefits of yoga have been summarised briefly below:
Lifting weight at the gym might give us strength but at the expense of flexibility. It is one of the first and most obvious benefits of yoga. Merits of a flexible body;
- Perfect posture: If we remember, we were always directed to sit straight by our parents because sitting straight gives us a perfect posture. Yoga make our posture correct which helps us to fight diseases like Arthritis and spondylitis.
- Betters our bone health; Muscles look good but what we really need is bone health. There are certain yoga poses in which we have to lift our body weight which makes our bone health. Healthy bones keep away from osteoporosis (a condition in which bones become weak brittle)
2) INCREASES BLOOD FLOW:
The proper flow of blood in the body can curb many fatal diseases starting from the heart to kidney problems. Different yoga poses keep our blood flowing. Let’s briefly discuss the merits of the proper flow of blood in the body:
(i) Inverted yoga poses such as headstand and handstand encourage the blood to flow back to the heart where it can be pumped to the lungs to be freshly oxygenated.
(ii) Proper flow of blood makes the platelets less sticky and by cutting the level of clot it reduces the chance of heart attack and strokes.
3) Psychological benefit:
To live a healthy life we should be psychologically strong and stable. In this busy world, we lack mental fitness, we don’t give our brain enough time to analyze the situation, we react quickly which subsequently lands us in trouble so mental health has become a great concern nowadays. Depression has now created havoc in the society. So yoga’s contribution towards psychological health are:
- Makes us happier; a happy mind always gives positivity.
- Peace of mind: a stable mind finds a solution to every problem.
- Focus: it helps us to react according to the situation.
So it’s now time for us to find one hour at least from our busy schedule, because “Health is above wealth”.