The benefits of yoga for cervical, depression, meditation and much more!
Yoga is a thousand-year-old discipline belonging to one of the six philosophical systems of Ancient India. It is not easy to talk about yoga given its many aspects, but we try to understand its foundations to discover its physical and especially psychological benefits.
In our days, it is often considered as a sport but we must not limit ourselves to this simplistic connotation: it is a discipline that overcomes the strictly physical benefits, since it does not only strengthen the muscles of the body.
Over time, the various disciplines and practices - belonging to a general concept of yoga - have been subject to considerable developments; changes have been made to the positions taken during the exercises and practices, and importance has been given to the synchrony between body movements and breath control, thus laying the foundation for the established correlation between body and mind.
We can achieve and control the mind through our body, being closely related. This is where the concept of psychosomatics comes from, a science that searches for the mental (psychological) cause in a disorder of the body (somatic).
In recent years, many benefits of yoga have been observed thanks to scientific studies: all this because recently the interest that the world's population has shown towards a discipline as ancient as modern has increased.
Modern yoga must be considered a discipline that improves our own person: we can find harmony with the world, spiritual peace and psychological wellbeing through an instrument never to be underestimated, the body.
How does all this happen? Through physical exercises, stretching and balancing practices, meditation techniques, breathing control and harmonious movements that set in motion all the muscles of our body.
The benefits of yoga are numerous, let’s see 10 good reasons to get closer to this discipline:
- Get back in shape (or keep fit): the physical exercises carried out during the practice in a harmonious, constant, sometimes soft but always well focused, increase the strength, flexibility and muscle tone of the whole body, with important benefits for our body.
- Strengthening the immune system: some recent studies have seen - as is the case for other "classic sports" - a growing production of antibodies in people who practice this discipline: this results in an important improvement in health status.
- Protect against free radicals: breathing techniques and meditation practices help the production of natural antioxidants that counteract the harmful cellular effects of free radicals.
- Fight stress: a sense of tranquility and peace spreads within us that helps to detach the mind from the reality around us, reducing stress due to everyday problems. In fact, especially controlled breathing, lowers the level of stress hormone with benefits for our psychological health.
- Fighting insomnia: the control of breathing and the focus of our thoughts helps us to become more aware of our body and control our thoughts: all this helps us to become aware of reality helping us to fight insomnia and improving the quality of our rest.
- Control anxiety and depression: the constant practice of yoga breathing has important benefits in counteracting anxious and depressive symptoms in the mild stages.
- Increase concentration: Breath control promotes a greater focus of attention and our approach to any external stimulus. This promotes an improvement in our attention.
- Improve brain functions: the optimization of the ability to concentrate increases memory and improves brain functions, providing an all-round beneficial effect for our body.
- Reaching a mental balance: the full awareness of our own body, mind, limits, abilities, strengths and weaknesses (and their full acceptance), are the objectives of the spiritual journey made during the practice of this discipline.
- Improving interpersonal relationships: awareness and acceptance of oneself and others - with advantages and disadvantages - promotes the learning of a real art, empathy. We approach the world and the reality that surrounds us in a more diplomatic way; this improves new interpersonal relationships and improves the quality of those already present.
We only have to approach this world, the various disciplines that are part of it (and the different approaches they use), all characterized by the same purpose: to rediscover ourselves, to know our weaknesses and potential, to improve our person from all points of view.
But it is not over yet, if we are interested and curious to approach this world, we must discover for ourselves the other secrets that this Ancient Art hides.
Good practice to everyone and... namastè!