Reasons to Know: Why Yoga Effectively Works on Regular Practice
Guest Article by Manmohan Singh
Are you a yoga practitioner? If yes, how much time did your body and mind take to finally start experiencing the benefits of yoga? Your answer might differ from a few weeks to a few months followed by regular practice and consistency. The non-yoga practitioners who are thinking about taking up yoga to improve their health must keep in mind that yoga is not some ‘magic potion’ that you will drink in the first class and step out as a changed person.
Do you remember how our teachers used to tell us to start studying bit by bit and not mug up everything a day before exams? It was because our mind cannot register a lot of information on one go and needs time to understand.
Now, you would think that you are too busy to practice yoga regularly. Well, you should ask this question to yourself, “Do I want to bring a positive change to myself and my life?” to which we are assuming that your answer will be ‘Yes’. Then, you have to squeeze out at least 20 minutes regularly from your busy schedule and submerge yourself in yoga which would bring a change in your mood and health in many more ways than you can even imagine.
If you want a boost up for regular yoga practice, keep reading the article to understand the effectiveness of yoga:
- Decreases stress and anxiety
These days, everyone complains about being stressed that now the word ‘stress’ gives a lot of stress. Another issue which often (but not necessarily) comes with stress is anxiety.
Anxiety is the latest ‘outbreak’ in the world and has increased tremendously in the last few years. Ask your parents and you’ll get to hear that they did not experience so much stress and anxiety when they were young as compared to this generation.
What can you do to decrease stress and anxiety? The answer to this question is in one word and i.e. ‘Yoga’ followed by a few more words ‘Yoga with regular practice’. It will ease stress and help you to relax by decreasing the secretion of cortisol which is the main stress hormone. Yoga and meditation go hand in hand which will help you find a way to cope up with your anxiety by bringing inner calmness and stillness.
With regular practice of yoga, you will understand that we often search for the solutions to our problems outside, when the solution lies inside.
- Improves your flexibility and posture
Most of us are involved in sedentary work which requires us to sit in front of the computer all the time. If not that, we are often stuck in traffic for long hours, or are immersed in our phones when we get some time to relax. These things make us slouch which results in bad posture and can also turn into backache, cervical pain, shoulder pain and many more.
If you want to improve your posture and avoid back and shoulder problems, practice yoga regularly. Yoga will give your body the perfect stretch and tone your muscles. Different variations of plank will work on providing strength to your arms, shoulders, legs and abs.
Note: Don’t fall for the misconception that you have to be very flexible to be able to practice yoga. It is practiced for that very reason which is to make your body flexible if it is not.
Practicing yoga is a ‘give and take’ process. You have to give this ancient science your consistency, diligence and devotion and it will give back in many folds.
- Improves your breathing
We think that breathing is innate and cannot be taught. Well, it is innate because a baby breathes correctly when nobody has taught her how to breathe. But while growing up, we forget how to breathe in the right manner.
Remember how people say to breathe deeply when you are stressed, angry or scared? It is because deep breathing calms your nerves and helps you to think clearly.
Breathing deeply and calmly is one of the most important aspects of yoga and is stressed upon in every class. It will make you relaxed, balanced and increase the breathing capacity of your lungs. Also, you might take some time to learn the correct way of breathing and that will come from regular practice of yoga.
Yoga Teacher Training in India teaches you the correct way of breathing because to become a yoga teacher, you should know its importance to be able to teach others.
- Improves concentration
Being physically, mentally and emotionally unwell takes away our concentration. Concentration is an important part to carry forward the day effectively. You might have heard people saying that they are not able to concentrate well when they are in stress.
Not only adults but children too need good concentration to be able to focus on their studies and play. You need to concentrate on your breathing when you are practicing yoga poses or doing meditation. If your mind wanders for a second, you will lose your concentration and notice that you will not be able to perform the pose correctly.
Concentrating on your breath will calm your mind and you will become mentally relaxed. You will be able to remember and retain more things when you are mentally stable. The benefit of improved concentration in the yoga class will be transferred to your day and you will not drain out easily.
Meditating out in nature has its own benefits, and that is what you experience with a program like Yoga teacher training in Varkala. Apart from guiding you on yoga and its related practices, a lot of emphasis is also put on calming the inner being with outdoor meditation.
In the end, you have to experience the benefits of yoga yourself to believe it.
Manmohan Singh is a passionate Yogi, Yoga Teacher and a Traveler in India. He organizes 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training in Rishikesh. Manmohan Singh conducts Yoga Teacher Training in India in different cities. He loves writing and reading books related to yoga, health, nature, Himalayas and Trekking in India.