I have been practicing Bikram yoga since 2004. But what exactly is yoga and what are its benefits?
According to Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yoga), Yoga (Sanskrit, Pāli: योग yóga) is a physical, mental, and spiritual discipline, originating in ancient India, whose goal is the attainment of a state of perfect spiritual insight and tranquility. The word is associated with meditative practices in Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism.
To find out what other folks out there think of yoga and its benefits, I did a Goggle search on ‘yoga medical research.’ There were over five million pages addressing yoga benefits online!
On the first page of Google, I saw the Mayo Clinic and Harvard Health Publications had articles on the many benefits of yoga.
After scanning some of the articles, it was apparent that yoga has too many benefits to address in this post. Some yoga benefits were more pronounced than others. But my main concern was how to personally share these benefits with you, my reader.
The following are personal testimonials. Keep in mind that personal testimonials are unique to each individual. How we each react to any set of circumstances can be similar and different at the same time. It is because we are all similar in that we all require, say, oxygen to survive, and yet, in a deeper level, we are all different in how efficient we process what we get.
So with our similarity and differences in mind, here are some of the thousands of yoga practitioners had to say about the benefits of yoga:
…increases joints lubrication, ligaments and tendons
…massages all organs of the body
…complete detoxification of the body
…excellent way to tone muscles
…achieve harmony helping the mind act in synchronization with the body
…physical, mental, emotional and spiritual well-being
…deep breathing and meditation dampen flashes and night sweats
and the list goes on. Yoga benefits seems endless.
Today, there are many different yoga styles to fit anyone’s lifestyle. The following are some of the popular ones:
Hatha, Vinyasa, Astanga & Power Yoga, Iyengar, Kundalini, Bikram/Hot Yoga, Viniyoga, Anusara, Jivamukti, Forrest, Kripalu, Ingegral, Moska, Restorative, Sivananda, Yin Yoga and Laughter Yoga.
Do your own research before choosing a yoga style.
For the reader, if this article is too broad for what you are looking for, know that many forms of yoga practice are safe. Some are more strenuous than others. Always check with your clinician before starting out on your yoga journey.