Yoga is a healing system of theory and practice, it’s a combination of breathing exercises, physical postures, and meditation, practiced for over 5,000 years.
Yoga is considered a mind-body intervention that is used to reduce the health effects of generalized stress. Yoga is believed to calm the nervous system and balance the body, mind, and spirit. It has been used to lower blood pressure, reduce stress, and improve coordination, flexibility, concentration, sleep, and digestion.
Mental Benefits of Yoga
Yoga has consistently shown to be highly valuable in mental health. Specifically, the practice can help relieve stress and anxiety, sharpen concentration, improve mood, increase mindfulness, and boost energy levels.
Many psychiatrists and psychologists also offer yoga to be a part of the treatment plan of several mental disorders. Yoga has shown to improve the symptoms of depression, sleep disorders, schizophrenia, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
Physical Benefits of Yoga
Yoga within itself promotes stability, flexibility, and strength. Yoga encourages an accelerated heart rate and required rigorous effort through pose sequences, which may designate it as an aerobic exercise.
Many advocate that it is granted the benefits of heart health, weight management, and increased stamina of any other sport aerobic exercise.
There are many styles of Yoga. Some focus on the healing power of relaxation and breathing while some are more physically demanding.
Do your research and visit some classes if possible to decide which style and teacher best suits your needs.
Also remember that there is no licensing requirement to teach yoga, and many teachers may have done little more than complete a weekend training or course. If a teacher is untrained, you may be at a higher risk of sustaining an injury.