Apr 25

Guide Your Body to Total Health With Yoga

I used to think that yoga practitioners were weird and silly. How could humming or executing difficult poses make you healthy? Absurd! I thought they were no different from acrobats performing in the circus. I never thought I would eventually munch, chew, and swallow my own words.

When I got the job as the assistant of the smartest executive in our company, I found myself working doubly hard and performing difficult tasks. After several years of doing the job, I was highly stressed, exhausted, and in bad health. My asthma worsened and I was always edgy. At a certain point, I knew I had to do something before I ended up with a nervous breakdown or an anxiety attack. I took up sports like badminton and spent more time going out with friends. Fortunately, yoga was fast becoming recognized as the best exercise for the body. After trying it, I have become a yoga enthusiast. It has become a part of my life. I do yoga twice a week and sometimes even on weekends when the opportunity arises.

Yoga is a Sanskrit word meaning “to control”, “to yoke”, or “to unite” and originated in India as a group of ancient spiritual practices. Outside of India, it is known as the practice of “asanas” or postures and a form of exercise. In the modern world, it has evolved into a combination of breathing exercises, physical postures, and meditation. It is also the best reliever of stress. And since studies reveal that most diseases and physical dysfunctions are rooted in stress, yoga has been known to heal numerous physical disorders.

Studies now confirm that yoga provides higher success rates of healing breast cancer, hypertension, heart disease, and back disorders. I practice Ashtanga Yoga, also known as the classical yoga, and it has definitely relieved me of back pains due to my scoliosis (curvature of the spine). Most of my friends even confirm that the angle of my scoliosis decreased. More than that, my asthma attacks are less frequent and my resistance to fatigue during badminton games has definitely improved.

The topic on yoga is quite vast and I am afraid I will not give it due justice trying to summarize everything in one post. Watch out for succeeding posts on the different types of yoga and the benefits each pose provides the body.

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