Those that practice yoga speak of unification of the
body, mind and spirit acquired through the practice of
yoga exercises and techniques.
A fundamental belief that yogi share is that the mind
and body are a unified structure that can find its
harmony and heal itself in the proper environment. It is
because of these principles and the results obtained
that many doctors consider yoga as having therapeutic
results, and recommend yoga for curing a number of
illnesses, mainly related to the nervous system.
Yoga has been practiced for thousands of years and
during these years many people benefited from the
results obtained through its use. Investigations were
conducted to clearly establish areas in which people
could obtain health benefits by an extended practice.
This information was grouped into three categories in
which yoga practitioners were likely to observe
improvements, physiological, psychological and
From the physiological point of view, yoga practices can
cure pulse rate decreases, respiratory and blood
pressure problems, and can contribute to stabilizing the
nervous system equilibrium, normalizing gastrointestinal
functions and endocrine function. It also is known to
increase joint range of motion, endurance level, energy
level, disease immunity, cardiovascular efficiency, and
eye hand coordination. It also improves coordination,
reaction time, dexterity skills, depth perception, sleep
and many other things.
Psychological benefits points to the fact that yoga can
contribute to the increasing somatic and kinesthetic
awareness, self-acceptance, self-actualization, social
skills and well being. It can also improve
concentration, memory, attention, mood, learning
efficiency, symbol coding and other things.
Biochemical benefits of yoga include a decrease in
glucose, sodium, cholesterol, white blood cell counts
and an increase if Vitamin C, total serum protein, and
hemoglobin among other things.
Various studies have also revealed that yoga is
effective in increasing joint flexibility and the level
of lubrication of joints, ligaments and tendons. Another
interesting fact is that yoga is one of the few
techniques that massage all internal organs and glands
including those that are rarely stimulated during life
such as the prostate. This massage of the internal
organs helps ward off and prevent certain diseases.
These ancient techniques also guarantee a complete
detoxification of the body. When stretching the muscles,
due to the complexity of the exercises ensures that the
optimum quantity of blood supply is available. As a
consequence toxins are released form the body and some
processes such as aging are considerably delayed.
All of the above benefits come in addition to the most
important aspect provided by yoga which is the harmony
and synchronization between body and mind and the
strengthening of meditation and emotional systems.
History of Yoga
Yoga Health Benefits
Yoga Positions for Beginners
Yoga Bow Pose
Yoga Bridge Pose
Yoga Cobra Pose
Yoga Easy Pose