YOGA-A Work-out to Work-in

by Aarushi Kalra | 2020-04-07

It is a science, science of well-being, a science of youthfulness, a science of integrating body, mind and indeed the soul. Yoga is not a work-out, it in fact is work-in. Yoga as an origin has its roots from ancient India and is actually one of the six orthodox schools of Hindu philosophical traditions.

Topics we cover in the article:-

Origin and the Ultimate Goal

Different Styles and their Benefits

Scientific and Practical Understanding of the Facts

Key to Happiness

 

Origin and the Ultimate Goal

The origin of Yoga has been surmised to be dated from somewhere from the pre-vedic Indian traditions, possibly around 3000BCE. Begun since then, it gained prominence in the west in the 20th century. In countries outside India, like The United States of America, it has developed into a posture-based physical fitness, stress relief and a very prominent relaxation technique. However, in Indian traditions, it is more than just physical exercise, it in fact has a strong meditative and spiritual core to its existence.

Yoga Origin and the Ultimate Goal

The spiritual sense of this word comes from the Sanskrit language where Yoga is derived from a Sanskrit root “yuj” which basically means to attach, harness, join and yoke. The chief aim of doing yoga is to unite the human spirit with the divine. It basically is the calming down of the anomalic patterns of the consciousness and helps to attain a state of equanimity.

The ultimate goal of yoga is to attain liberation, though it directly and indirectly depends on the theories and philosophies with which it is catenated.

According to a yogic perspective, the mind, and its ceaseless mental and internal monologue is the reason behind all the fluctuations and anomalic patterns that at the end become the source of suffering and decaying for the entire body. The various yoga practices and postures do your body a great justice by freeing it from mental stress and provides relaxation.

According to a lot of researches and experiential evidence patterns, Yoga tends to have healing properties for multiple types of medical standings, including psychopathological conditions which involves a state of depression and anxiety, cardiovascular conditions which involves a state of hypertension and heart related diseases, respiratory conditions which include asthma and furthermore ailments like arthritis, carpal tunnel syndrome, multiple sclerosis, etc.

Yoga as a practice is not a one-size-fits-all approach to a body. In actuality, different techniques have a different effect on each and every human body and it even has a different effect at different times or stages in his or her practice.

Different Styles and their Benefits

The style of yoga performed by a human body largely reflects on the benefits it will be imparting to it depending upon the derivation from different poses activities performed.

Different Styles and Benefits of yoga

The various styles of yoga include chanting, flexibility, meticulous, injury-related, fast-paced, pre and post-natal, relaxing, self-motivation and concentration, spiritual, stress relief, weight loss and traditional.

CHANTING STYLE – Chanting as a style is a way to tap into deeper parts of our existence and to connect with spirit and God. It is a form of healing practice as with every breath inhaled, a chanting line/mantra is exhaled. It is basically a combination of meditation and mantras in which the concentration is done on the sound vibrations which are produced in the process that thus help to free the mind.

FLEXIBILITY- In this style, the postures practised aim at increasing the flexibility and build static strength and also raise the agility of the body. People perform this style to solely focus on these specific reasons.

METICULOUS STYLE- Meticulous, as the name suggests is marked by extreme or excessive care and concentration as it turns out to be the fastest road to mental peace and equanimity. This style requires deep undistracted focus.

INJURY RELATED- This style, since it focuses on injuries or may be overweight, it requires extensive care and practice. While it still helps in building flexibility and strength of the body, people see it as a style performed by the people who are overweight or obese or maybe have some serious injuries and find the other types of activities and exercises difficult to perform.

FAST-PACED- This style of yoga is designed to increase the endurance of the body and build a healthy muscle in most of the major areas. Since it involves aerobic style, it raises the rate of the heartbeat to a level which in return increases the ceaselessness of the body.

PRE AND POST NATAL- This style is very common among women these days. While pre-natal style of yoga focuses on both the expected and the expecting and helps to aid the baby in its phase of transition into the world, Post-natal style majorly focuses on losing off the extra weight that is gained by the body of a woman during her pregnancy and helps to readjust the body to its previous way of perceiving and understanding itself.

RELAXING- There isn’t really any style that is called the relaxing style of yoga but the process of connecting the mind and soul, the process of uniting and harmonizing it can be called the relaxing style. It is also closely associated with the musical or theatrical aspect or form of study which is also called the Alexander Technique.

SELF MOTIVATION AND CONCENTRATION- The core idea of the self-motivation and concentration style of yoga is to bring in the aspect of consistency in life. It is done by setting up goals, achieving them and further remaining consistent to the idea. Putting this approach to practical life has proved to be useful to almost 80% of the practicing population as it is said to be one of the most  important parts to actually study and learn the art of yoga.

SPIRITUAL- In this style of yoga, one who is studying it is expected to follow and adhere to the laws of and the tenets that are set forth by the teachings in order to get a complete gist of the ideology. If the laws are followed dedicatedly and the practitioner has freed his or her mind, then a person is prepared for what the believers call “transcendence”.

STRESS RELIEF- One of the finest and the most important benefits that Yoga imparts is its stress-relieving power. It is factually proven that a person who is a dedicated and disciplined practitioner of the art is much happier and at peace with himself and with ambience around. He is evidently much more productive, and focused and has more successful and stable bonds than the ones who don’t practice it.

WEIGHT LOSS- In almost all the forms of this art which involves poses and static and nonstatic positions helps to increase the flexibility and build the muscle strength but not all of them have the tendency to pace up the rate of heart in order to increase the endurance and agility of the body and henceforth, reduce the weight. The two major types of yogas that help to reduce the weight are Ashtang and Hot.

TRADITIONAL- This the classical style of yoga that involves ideologies, techniques and teachings that have been in place since the very 2nd century.

Scientific and Practical Understanding of the Facts

 Nowadays, the culture and lifestyle that we have attained over the past few years or decades, has a constant stimulation over our body and mind and Yoga on the other hand has the power to help the pace of your body and brain to calm down and reach a state of balance and equanimity.

Scientific and Practical Understanding yoga

As the world is pacing, the western studies are researching more and trying to bring out on the table some concrete clues and facts that evidently show how yoga helps and heals the aches of the body and mind. Once known and understood to these facts, there resides no reason for a person to not just hop onto his mat and practice yoga.

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There are a lot of benefits that yoga provides, starting from it increasing the flexibility of the body. If you are a practitioner or a viewer , you must have realized that the first time you perform yoga, you are not able to touch your feet while keeping your knees up straight but after a few sessions, you start reaching closer to your toe tips and finally are able to touch it. This happens because once you start practising it, your body starts to loosen up and the aches and pulls that you got on the initial days of doing it also automatically subside. In addition to that, it helps you build a strong body, while going to the gym and lifting weights is also a good idea but not at the cost of the flexibility of the body. Furthermore, it improves the basic posture of the body. A human head is almost like a big rolling head, when kept in the right position erect to the spine, it would be very easier for your neck and back to support the head but as soon as you move your head to real few inches, you might end up straining your need which would surely end up giving a shrill of pain directly down the spine to the tailbone and can also turn to be a type of degenerative spinal arthritis in the later years of life.

While you might not be habituated to actually getting all your muscles and joints to use or work, Yoga makes these muscles and joints get into proper motion by squeezing and soaking areas of cartilage. The joint cartilage in the body is like a sponge that does not receive the fresh nutrients into the body until and unless the previous fluid is squeezed out and the new one is soaked in. If a proper sustenance therapy is not given to the cartilages, they tend to wear out with the course of time and make the bones weak.

Yoga also increases the circulation of blood in the body. The relaxation exercises learnt in yoga, helps to provide more oxygen to the blood cells and hence improve its functionality or circulation throughout the system. It also helps to improve the haemoglobin and Red blood cell count of the body that provides blood to the tissues and by thinning the blood so that the platelets are less sticky which leads to decreased causes of heart strokes since blood clots are usually a reason for these killers. While contracting and expanding the muscles, moving the organs a bit and going in and coming out of the yoga pose, you tend to increase the drainage of the lymphs which helps the lymphatic system to fight against the infections, destroy the cancer cells and also dispose of the waste produced by the functioning of cells.

Yoga also regulates your adrenal glands, these glands produce cortisol in the body during the time of crisis which helps to boost the immune system for the time being but if the crisis is over and the cortisol levels in the body are still high, they can compromise on the immune system in the long run. Additionally, excessive levels of cortisol in the body has been linked to the causes of hypertension, depression, anomalic blood pressures and also as insulin resisters. In the layman language, high cortisol levels are explained by the researchers as “food-seeking behaviour” which in turns increases the weight of the body.

Key to Happiness

According to proven researches, Yoga leads to a significant increase in the serotonin levels and decreases the levels of monoamine oxidase. It indeed has been correlated to greater levels of happiness and contentment and better functioning of the body and immune system. In easier words, a more dramatic left side activation is found in the disciplined and dedicated practitioners of art.

Yoga key to happiness

One of the primary reasons for more inclination towards Yoga is the ease by which it can be incorporated into the lifestyles of most of the people which not just helps to get the body into shape but also the mind. While it’s easy to be incorporated in life, it is equally easy to learn it. All you need is a yoga mat to support and cushion your body and a great level of respect and care for yourself to stay dedicated and become a disciplined practitioner and Yoga is not just the deal done on a mat, but anything that you do with attention to how you feel is yoga. So practice it, it’s the cheapest way to an expensive life.

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