Health Benefits of Yoga

Here on the Ship is a nice place to think about reducing stress later on when you are back home. And maybe find some time to start a weekly or even come to a daily Yoga Exercise.

There are many reasons to start with Yoga.

First of all lets explain the word: Yoga is a sanscrit word and means Union. Union of body, spirit and soul.

Yoga is an all inclusive therapy, involving breath control, physical mouvements or exercices, meditation and relaxation - which strengthen /harnesses) the bodys natural healing powers. And according to Yoga wisdom nutritious eating is as important as regular performing the asanas 

Understanding yoga

Yoga is considered a mind-body type of complementary and alternative medicine practice. Yoga brings together physical and mental disciplines to achieve peacefulness of body and mind, helping you relax and manage stress and anxiety. 

Traditional yoga philosophy requires that students adhere to this mission through behavior, diet and meditation.

 But if you're just looking for better stress management — whether because of life's daily hassles or a health problem you're facing — and not an entire lifestyle change or way of life: 

You  are like most people who start yoga in the last years. The Guru type of yoga is not really adequate in our western world.

We just want to slow down and find a better lifestyle

therefore Yoga is just perfect.

Yoga has many styles, forms and intensities. Hatha yoga, in particular, may be a good choice for stress management. Hatha is one of the most common styles of yoga, and some beginners find it easier to practice because of its slower pace and easier movements. Poweryoga what I like to teach is a more demanding athletic yogastyle, but compared with yinyoga (LSD) it is a nearly perfect combination.

But most people can benefit from any style of yoga — it's all about your personal preferences.

As we tend to burn our candle at two ends - i would like coming back to the healing powers. Every one of us has a healing force within us. This innate power is constantly battling inside our bodies against all the factors that makes us unhealthy - like stress, germs, excess alcohol - most of us are constantly burning the candle at both ends. 

Now regular yoga asanas (once a week till daily) does the following

It regulats your breathing

proper breathing is essential for an healthy life and the art of breathing, called pranayama is an integral part of yoga practise.

by controlling your breathing you can increase your stamina (Ausdauer), boost your general wellbeiing  (allgemeine Wohlgefühl steigern) and improve your energy levels, alertness and clarity of mind. Breathing is therefore one of the most effective and economical ways of treating ill health.

 

 

It increases your energy 

unlike more vigorous forms of exercise, which use up your reserves of energy, the slow controlled movements of yoga - combined with effective breathing, which oxygenates the blood - actually helps to generate and store more energy.

 

It stretches and works most of the muscles in your body

most physical activities are disigned to tone only certain groups of muscles. so some muscels are worked to an excess while others are hardly used. Yoga, by contrast, takes in account all the muscles in the body. As well as being good for your health this can have a powerful therapeutic effect

 

It improves the circulation of blood and lymph 

the controlled muscle contractions and breathing technique of yoga act like pumps to move blood and lymph around the body. certain postures improve circulation in particular parts in the body. P.E. the shoulderstand increase blood and lymph flow to the heart and the head. Others can direct blood to the chest, pelvic, liver, kidney reagion and so on.

This increased blood flow, can in turn, improve the function of many internal organs and glands such as pancreas, liver, all intestines.

Many deseases are caused by poor circulation of blood and lymph..

So by improving blood flow to the head, all the higher functions of the brain - including logic, concentration, memory and decision making - are galvanised.

It also helps to control the emotional centers of the brain,  so yoga is very usefull in managing anxiety, depression and other psychological problems.

It can exercise some involutary muscles. Through breathing and concentration you can learn to manipulate certain muscles over which you normally don`t have any control

 

Summary Short

 

  1. Stress reduction. With its quiet, precise movements, yoga draws your focus away from your busy, chaotic day and toward calm  - as you move your body through poses that require balance and concentration.
  2. Increased fitness. As you learn and refine new poses, you may enjoy improved balance, flexibility, range of motion and strength. And this means you're less likely to injure yourself in other physical endeavors or in your daily activities.
  3. Management of chronic health conditions. Yoga might help with a variety of health conditions, but still this is no panacea (Wundermittel) 
  4.  There are some recherches concerning cancer, depression, pain, anxiety and insomnia going on. But the Yoga fashion coming to the western world is quiet new and we don`t trust indian gurus, which is normal. So there is no fnal comclusion on that.
  5.  But Yoga helps to  reduce the heart rate and the blood pressure, this is for shure. You may sleep better and deeper and you will have an overall wellbeing in your body, which is already something

 

  1.   Weight loss. Yoga is not a diat and it wont`t make miracles. But:  yoga may help you to find a more healthy lifestyle and therefore if you gain control of your eating you will drop those extra pound
  2.  Flex Time

Improved flexibility is one of the first and most obvious benefits of yoga. During your first class, you probably won't be able to touch your toes, never mind do a backbend. But if you stick with it, you'll notice a gradual loosening, and eventually, seemingly impossible poses will become possible. You'll also probably notice that aches and pains start to disappear. That's no coincidence. Tight hips can strain the knee joint due to improper alignment of the thigh and shinbones. Tight hamstrings can lead to a flattening of the lumbar spine, which can cause back pain. And inflexibility in muscles and connective tissue, such as fascia and ligaments, can cause poor posture.

 

6. Strong long muscles.
 Strong long muscles do more than look good. They also protect us from conditions like arthritis and back pain, and help prevent falls in elderly people. And when you build strength through yoga, you balance it with flexibility. If you just went to the gym and lifted weights, you might build strength at the expense of flexibility.

 

 

While you shouldn't expect yoga to cure you or offer 100 percent relief, it can help some health conditions when combined with standard treatment. And if you already enjoy good health, yoga can be an enjoyable supplement to your regular fitness routine.