Health is surely an important parameter to judge the physical, social, psychological and spiritual well-being of an individual. No one can afford to ignore it as it could prove detrimental in the long run on both a professional as well as personal front. Our sedentary lifestyle has lead to an increase in the number of health related issues. Many workout regimes are available to improve your health but none can supersede Yoga. It is a traditional way for maintaining proper health, which also aims to improving the physical as well as psychological well-being of individuals.
Each individual has different body type, therefore one needs to select yoga postures accordingly, preferably with the help of an instructor.
Yoga consists of an amalgamation of physical postures, meditations and breathing exercises to stimulate efficient and effective functioning of body and mind. The different forms include Hatha, Power, Ashtanga, Bikram, Iyengar and many more which vary in intensity and targets different areas of the body. It can be practised by anyone ranging from a child to an adult. Prenatal yoga, tailored solely for the pregnant women, helps in all stages of pregnancy and later in getting back into shape by shedding those extra pounds.
It offers a wide range of benefits and thus promotes overall fitness which includes improving your immunity levels, relieving anxiety and pain, provides flexibility and agility and in the maintenance of healthy physical and social relationships. Yoga has the potential to burn calories and reducing obesity which can in turn reduce the risk of diabetes or heart problems. It connects the body with the soul thus helping us to control our emotions, desires and aversions and even improves our level of confidence.
This ancient practice has evolved over a period of years and is uniquely suited to our present needs, focusing on increasing stamina to boost our performance levels in various spheres of life. It is a way of life in itself as it makes our journey through life more easier, calmer and smoother. It detoxifies the body, improves blood flow and the nervous system. It aims to achieve higher levels of concentration, consciousness thus relaxing, refreshing and rejuvenating the body and soul.
Owing to its immense contribution in the field of health and the myriad benefits associated with it, the United Nations General Assembly has declared 21 June as International Yoga Day which is celebrated all across the world.