Life with Yoga

March 31, 2008 at 8:29 am Leave a comment

1. Yoga increases flexibility.

Flexibility will increase even without anyone realising it and this is for sure with Yoga. Pictures of yogis with their legs wrapped around their heads and bodies twisted beyond recognition are images often called to mind at the mention of yoga.

Stretching connective tissues in the body makes the tissue more elastic. This elasticity is one of the most important aspect of preventing injuries to the body.. Tissues such as muscles, ligaments or that can stretch without tearing will bring benefits to everyone.

2. Yoga prevents aging.

Along with preventing injury, flexibility also keeps the body young. As a body ages, its connective tissues and organs become rigid. This rigidity is the effect of denseness without circulation. If the body is not regularly stretched out, tissues become dense and are often coated in fibroid tissue. It’s difficult for the tissues to get blood through them, let alone vitamins, minerals or energy.

Keeping your muscles flexible will keep the body young, and diminish the overall effects of aging. Even facial muscles can be exercised by practising yoga. “Tiger roar or Laughing yoga” are beneficial for reducing facial wrinkles. Other than Botox of course.

3. Yoga tones the organs.

Every posture in yoga has several functions. The forward bend helps to flush the kidneys. The triangle opens up the liver. When held for the right amount of time, a yoga practice can revitalize and tone every one of the internal organs. The benefits of keeping your organs in good condition go without saying. Organs are the production house of any individuals and keeping them in good shape is really important.

4. Yoga increases healthy energy flow.

The yogis of ancient India discovered nadis, or energy pathways, that flow through the body. As we age, the nadis constrict, allowing less and less vital energy to flow through the body. The result is aging, loss of energy and eventually death.

The practice of yoga is designed to keep these energy pathways open, thereby allowing plenty of vital energy, or life force, to flow into the body. This flow not only keeps you young, it also keeps the body healthy. Lack of life force in the body can often result in depression, anger or other negative states of being. When there is plenty of life force in the body, and the nadis are open, your overall feeling will be one of bliss, peace, equanimity, love and alertness. Their teachings and believes are very similar to those who believe in Reiki, another kind of self healing.

5. Yoga focuses the mind.

As you progress with a physical yoga practice, you will find your level of concentration will increase. I realised that during the one hour of yoga practice, my mind is only on yoga and nothing else as you will find that your position or posture will be compromised if you start thinking of something else.

This ability to maintain one pointed concentration will find its way into the rest of your life, the effect of which lends itself to brilliance in everything you do. With your total concentration, every action you participate in will be that much more perfect, well thought out and of service to yourself and all of humanity.

6. Yoga gives you love.

Through the practice of yoga, one comes to realize that we are all in this together. Yoga, in its essence, means union. And this union makes itself apparent on many different levels. You will come to know yourself, to find integration in the many aspects of your life. But you will also come to know others for who they really are. Beyond the masks we wear, we are all going through life in the same way, searching for union with each other and with a higher power.

Through yogic practices, you gain the insight to see through the masks of the ego, and to look deeply into your own heart. Why are you here? What is life showing you? How are you looking at the world? To come to know yourself is to love yourself with an unconditional mother’s love. And to love yourself is to love the world and all of its inhabitants.

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