The twenties never seem to last forever. Body aches and lifestyle diseases catch up with us sooner than later. Exercise seems to be the only way to combat them. While, any form of exercise seems to be good for the body and mind – be it bicycling, walking, swimming, running – these traditional forms of exercise might not be a viable option as we start aging. These forms of exercise leads to wear and tear of the knee or the other joints. It is here that Yoga steps in to cure the human body and mind.
What is Yoga?
Yoga is said to have originated 5000 years ago in India. It is a gentle bending and stretching of the body to relax the body and mind. It also involves breathing exercises to harmonize the body and mind. This bending and stretching brings the body and mind under control. Yoga involves asanas, breathing exercises and meditation. There are different styles of Yoga and some of them are the Hatha Yoga, Iyengar Yoga, Bikram Yoga.
What are the different poses of Yoga?
There are poses to suit every individual’s flexibility and Yoga experience. There are standing poses, sitting poses, poses for the knees, forward bends, backward bend and so on. Some of the Yoga poses are the Surya Namaskar(the 12 poses that give a complete stretch to the body), Tree pose(Vrikshashana) , Boat pose(naukasana), Locust pose, Crocodile pose to name a few. Each pose is said to be good for some part of the body. For example, the Tree pose helps you get physical and mental balance. In addition, the “Tree Pose stretches the thighs, groins, torso, and shoulders. It builds strength in the ankles and calves, and tones the abdominal muscles. The pose also helps to remedy flat feet and is therapeutic for sciatica”(Source: https://www.yogaoutlet.com/guides/how-to-do-tree-pose-in-yoga)
What are some advantages of Yoga?
Yoga is said to cure diseases asthma, arthritis, migraine, Depression, Anxiety, Diabetes, Hypertension and a host of other problems.
Now isn’t it true that Yoga is a panacea for all ills?
Note: It is always good to consult a doctor before beginning an exercise program even if it is Yoga! 🙂
This post is for alphabet ‘Y’ for the BlogchatterA2Z challenge… the previous ones are here…
Jayanthi Manikandan has an undergraduate degree in Computer Science from India and a Master’s degree in Information systems with a specialization in Information security from Detroit, MI, USA.
She has been passionate about Information security and has several years of experience writing on various technical topics. Additionally, she loves to pen a few personal thoughts here as well! 🙂