Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Benefits of Yoga for The Body and Mind

For people with lower back pain, stertching is very important. Lets take the hamstring muscles (in the back of the thigh) for example, stretching this helps expand the motion in the pelvis, which decreases stress across the lower back. This also does not include the fact that Yoga stretching increases the blood flow, which allow nutrients to flow in toxins to flush out, and nourishment of the muscles and soft tissues in the lower back. Breathing is another part of Yoga poses, Deep free and rhythm breaths through the nose will relax the body and encourage strong circulation.

Aside from physical benefits that Yoga exercises can do to address your back problem, there are also several theories that suggest, that a mental state of mind may affect those suffering from pain.

Here are the benefits of Yoga To our Body and Mind

Muscle Strength = When you hold positions in yoga, you may feel a little discomfort at first. This is because you are using a specific group of muscles at the back, as well as the abdominal area, that will in time become stronger. Back and abdominal muscles are important parts of the muscular network of the spine which help the body maintain proper upright posture and movement. When these muscles are well conditioned back pain can be greatly reduce or avoided.

Total Relaxation = Stretching and relaxation found in Yoga exercises reduce tension in stress-carrying muscles, Yoga requires one to hold gentle posses from 10 to 60 seconds and within the pose, certain muscles flex, while others stretch. The series of flexing and stretching encourages relaxation and flexibility in muscles and joints.

Improved posture, balance and body alignment = The point of performing yoga pose is to train the body to be healthy and supple, With practice and concentration, you will experience improve posture, and an increased sense of balance - head, shoulders and pelvis in proper alignment. Proper body alignment and good posture, which helps maintain the natural curvature of the spine helps reduce lower back pains.

Changed "perception" of Pain = Many believe that negative psychological and emotional factors tend to magnify a problem that already exists. Therefore, reducing the "perception" of th pain through meditation can reduce the overall feeling of back pain.

Riding the body of pain-causing stress and negative emotions = Many Yoga and practitioners believe that some types of back pain are purely caused by the stresses of daily work and worries. In theory, Yoga helps people concentrate their energy on breathing and maintaining posture. The methodical breathing increases oxygen flow to the brain and sets a rhythm within the body and mind. This action coupled with the posses and sometimes meditation is said to dissipate stress and anxiety, therefore relieving back pain caused by psychological and emotional factors.


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ROSSEL said...

yes, there are many benefits from yoga. just don't have time to do that.

Benefits of yoga said...

Great post! The benefits of yoga are still unknown to many people. Different types of yoga have different effect on our health. However, it is important to understand the yoga basics so that the practitioner can perform the asanas perfectly and experience the benefits of yoga.

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