Yoga is an ancient practice aimed to integrate mind, body & soul to achieve a state of universal oneness. It’s both, an art & science of healthy living. It is a practice originated in ancient India.
Practicing yoga brings in a perfect harmony between mind & body as it integrates the universal consciousness with personal consciousness. Yoga is a holistic therapy/practice which brings synchronization in every aspect of life. Yoga is not a religion, it’s a practice of several spiritual techniques.
There are many styles of yoga, mainly a combination of physical exercises called Asanas, Mudras, Breathing Techniques being part of Pranayama and Meditation. There are many types of yoga, some of which are followed worldwide nowadays like Hatha Yoga, Vinyasa, Iyengar, Ashtanga, Bikram, Hot yoga, Kundalini, Yin yoga, Power yoga, Restorative, Anusara, Sivananda, Jivmukti & Pre-natal yoga.
Regularly practicing yoga can be beneficial for improving flexibility & bone health, helps maintain a good posture, builds muscle strength. It is helpful in creating more energy & reducing body weight. It increases blood flow in the body, prevents joint breakdown and protects the spine, regulates blood pressure & blood sugar, improves heart conditions and helps increase the ability to focus. It also improves body balance, maintains proper sleep patterns, relaxes muscles & mind of all tensions. It brings peace & supports a more fulfilled happier life to people doing yoga regularly.
These days we are constantly engaged in some or the other activities, multi-tasking & working very hard to achieve greater heights to the point which leaves our bodies completely exhausted. If we can spare some time for our own well-being, by creating awareness, harmony & strength in your body & mind through yoga, it will only benefit our own self.
Yoga is a vast study and it can be self-taught but it’s advisable to start practicing and learning yoga with an experienced or certified instructor or teacher first to understand it fully and to get maximum benefits from yoga.