Today on the occasion of International Yoga Day we bring you some very important and useful information about yoga. Before we go in much detail, let us first get some basics right.
Yoga is derived from the Sanskrit word yuj, which means to yoke, join or unite. Its principles are to integrate all aspects of the body with the mind and soul to achieve ultimate happiness with a balanced life and good health. Yoga is an ancient practice for living healthily that combines physical and spiritual disciplines that connect the body and mind. It originated in India more than 5,000 years ago.
There are amazing health benefits when you practice yoga some of them are mentioned here. Yoga Improves your flexibility, Builds muscle strength, Perfects your posture, Prevents cartilage and joint breakdown, Protects your spine, Betters your bone health, Increases your blood flow, Drains your lymph and boosts immunity, Ups your heart rate, Drops your blood pressure, Regulates your adrenal glands, Makes you happier, Founds a healthy lifestyle, Lowers blood sugar, Helps you focus, Relaxes your system, Improves your balance, Maintains your nervous system, Releases tension in your limbs, Helps you sleep deeper, Boosts your immune system functionality, Gives your lungs room to breathe, Prevents IBS and other digestive problems, Gives you peace of mind, Increases your self-esteem, It eases your pain, Gives you inner strength, Keeps allergies and viruses at bay, Encourages self care. When done with the guidance of an expert yoga can bring wholistic changes to your physical health, mental health and helps you with enriching relationships.
Yoga & Chakras:
In traditional Indian medicine and spiritual science, the physical body is more than merely bones, muscles, and organs encased in skin. Instead, it includes layers of energy fields that surround the physical body. These interconnected metaphysical layers create the body’s electromagnetic field, also known as its aura. This is what’s known as the subtle body, also referred to as the “light body,” “etheric body,” or “spiritual body.”
In yoga, the life force energy (otherwise known as “prana”) travels through the subtle body in a series of channels, called “nadis.” These nadis intersect at points of intensified energy, called “chakras.” Chakras are spinning vortexes of energy in the subtle body that correspond to various glands along the spine and inside the skull. According to yoga philosophy, the human body has seven major chakras. Each chakra governs specific behaviors and values in our lives, such as material security, communication, and love. They also regulate various bodily systems. When the nadis get blocked because of poor habits and old patterns, the chakras stagnate. This causes the life force to become sluggish, which can lead to depleted physical, mental, and emotional health. Practicing yoga purifies and revitalizes the nadis and chakras, and allows prana to once again flow freely.
Yoga is one of the most basic ways to balance each chakra because it creates alignment in the physical body. Balancing and stabilizing your physical body through asana (yoga posture) practice also rebalances your subtle body. This realigns the chakras, which regulate specific behaviors, and makes it easier to overcome outdated patterns, beliefs, and habits.
Let us pledge to nurture and take care of our health by investing our time, focus and energy in the practice of YOGA.