Hey people, I’m back with my new post! As part of our passion for healthy lifestyle, let’s touch on a very popular activity that almost everyone (especially women!) are doing! It is yoga! If you’ve been doing yoga for sometimes, I’m sure you’ve experienced quite a number of health benefits that come with it. If you’re new, then this article is definitely for you!
Whether you’re a beginner or advanced learner of Yoga, there are many different health benefits you will receive. Different styles of Yoga have different health benefits ranging from improving stamina, building strength and reducing stress. One definite and obvious benefit will be the improvement in flexibility after a regular practice. In the long run, we see an increase in lung capacity which helps us to breathe better, anti-aging effects on the muscles and joints and more.
So before you go ahead and look for a Singapore yoga instructor for lessons, find out what are the 5 most common health benefits for practicing yoga.
Regular Yoga Practice Improves Stamina
Certain types of yoga practiced will improve stamina and fitness. The fundamental of having good stamina is having endurance. Essentially, endurance is ‘the ability to preserve’. Endurance can be applicable on different levels such as physically and mentally. It works directly with the cardiovascular, respiratory, heart, metabolism, stress and fatigue you experience. One of the reasons for fast fatigue is due to the lack of oxygen delivered to the body which reduces the energy produced that is needed for all daily activities.
Yoga is an aerobic exercise that focuses on the use of deep breathing during workout and this in turn, delivers more oxygen to the body. With regular practice, the lung capacity is increased and this improves respiratory system. Naturally, there will be an increase oxygen intake during our daily lives and this improved in physical and mental stamina. Thus, reducing fatigue not only during workouts but also during our daily activities.
Most Obvious Benefit is Flexibility
Improving flexibility is one of the benefits from a regular yoga practice. The muscles in our entire body are connected, an example will be if we have tight hamstrings, we might have lesser flexibility in our spine as well and tight hips also affects the knee joints. A well balanced yoga class awakens and stretches the entire body’s muscles.
You may always feel that it seems like a painful and long journey to finally be able to touch your toes one day. If the practice includes regular back bends, it will assist to loosen up the hamstrings as well. Over time, as we practice yoga regularly, it loosens muscles tightness and increases flexibility.
Practicing Many Yoga Poses Help to Achieve Better Posture
We often spend most of our time sitting due to our usual desk bound jobs. This has led to many of us slumping over in our chairs over time. This poor posture that we get in will also lead to many joint and back ache issues. A regular yoga practice strengthens the core and lengthens the spine.
It also relaxes the shoulders and opens the chest. Basic poses like Cobra and Locust help in activating the spine and opening the chest. More intermediate poses like the Revolved Triangle creates such a deep stretch not only in the hamstrings but forces us to twist from the lower spine and opening the chest.
This pose adjusts our spinal alignments and really helps with Kyphosis condition.
It Helps with Strength Training Too
Be surprised with how much yoga strengthens the body. Regular practice lets you gain long and lean muscles. A dynamic flow sequence such as Hatha Flow or Vinyasa Flow builds strength within the body and greatly improves stamina as well. Think sun salutation with lots of chaturanga (low plank), up ward dog and down ward dog. These poses require the arms and core to support the weight of the entire body.
Both dynamic movements of transitioning poses or holding the pose itself build strength and stamina over time. Progressing into intermediate poses such as balancing hand stands, hand stands, head stands and forearm stands is a great challenge that requires strength and flexibility.
Reduce Stress Instantly
Pranayama (breathing) exercises when practiced on a deeper level reduce great amount of stress in our bodies and minds. Taking conscious deep breaths delivers more oxygen to our brains and increases our lung capacity. When the mind concentrates on a single subject, we free the mind from distractions and noises. On a daily basis, we’re expected to be multi-tasking on our jobs or even rushing on our day-to-day activities. Pranayama frees the mind and improves our focus. A single session of deep breathing meditation reduces the stress level instantly.
If you’re a beginner and do not feel like you’ve received these benefits, do not be disheartened. Yoga in a journey, live in the moment and enjoy it. It teaches us more about our body and lets us feel the conditions of our body. Appreciate that you may not be able to touch your toes or do a deeper back bend at the moment but you’re working on it. Cultivate gratitude that you’re taking the effort to improve and facing integrity. In time to come, you will experience the benefits of yoga unknowingly.