The word yoga means the union. Essentially, it means “union with the divine consciousness”, the ultimate union! Ashtanga yoga or the eight-limbed yoga is an ancient Indian spiritual practice that defines eight fundamental steps to achieve spiritual development.
One of these steps is asana or the stable pose, a quintessential requirement for meditation practice. This step defines the yoga asana or yogic poses to achieve mental peace and physical fitness for spiritual pursuit.
Yoga has grown in popularity all over the world, with even modern physicians praising the psychological and physical benefits they provide. Current studies suggest that yoga is an excellent for physical and mental well-being, as well as stress resilience.
Multiple other studies suggest that yoga can provide a huge range of health benefits that include –
- Enhanced blood circulation
- Prevention of lifestyle disorders
- Activation of vital points (marma) in the body
- Alleviation of lower back pain, and other types of body pain
- Prevention of cognitive decline
- Improvement in memory and concentration.
- Relief from depression
- Blocking genetic characteristics that predispose people to stress.
Yoga appears to have a good effect on the central nervous system as well as the immune system, according to a new study published in Frontiers in Human Neuroscience. It also appears to boost people's general sense of well-being.
Yoga for beginners
- If you are a beginner to yoga, start by practicing slow and easy poses like the corpse pose, cobra pose or the child’s pose.
- According to Ayurveda, Agni or the digestive fire is the most important factor responsible for health. These tranquil poses not only help you to achieve excellent digestion and remove metabolic toxins but also help to calm the mind.
- You can also practice these poses as a warming up exercise or after your normal workout.
- Gradually, you can move on to more complex poses. It is always a great idea to take help from a qualified yoga trainer to find the best poses for your body type and current health conditions.