Chapter 11 : Don't Procrastinate, Start Yoga Today

As we have learnt throughout this guide, Yoga is more than just stretching; it is a spiritual experience as well as a physical one mastering exercises and postures as well as your breathing. Yoga is considered by some to be an alternative for medicine. It has a lot of benefits not only to the physical but also to the mental state of a person. So to conclude this beginners guide we will recap what we have just covered

Where Did Yoga Originate?

Yoga is believed to have been in existence since thousands of years ago even before the ancient people learned the writing system. It originated in India where its name was derived from the Sanskrit word yui which roughly translate to English as unite. Experts believe that the practice was named this way because it unites the body, the mind and the soul into one to create a holistic effect. Over the years, more and more techniques are created to make a better yoga experience for people who want to improve their overall health condition.

What Are The Benefits Of Yoga?

The Physical Aspect

Some people started practicing yoga because they wanted to become more flexible. The practice involves different poses where muscles have to be stretched. This is very useful for people who have arthritis and those who are in their old age. As the body ages, the bones become more rigid and the muscles become weak. With yoga, even elderly people can move like they are 20 years younger.

Yoga poses are specially designed to improve the core strength of the body. As people continually practice the positions, the muscles are becoming more and more toned. After doing yoga for several weeks, you will realize that your stamina has improved and you will feel stronger.

With yoga's focus on poses, posture will be dramatically enhanced. A lot of medical conditions are brought about by poor posture which include spinal cord problems, chronic fatigue syndrome and back pain. Good posture, on the other hand, will improve the circulation of blood in the body and will result to a healthier and more alert mind.

The Mental Aspect

Yoga focuses more on breathing than perfecting the poses especially for beginner classes. Proper breathing will help clear the mind and reduce stress. With effective meditation techniques, people will be able to create more sound decisions and these will prevent them from acting out of whim.

Practicing yoga will prove to be essential in fighting depression and increasing concentration. When a person is depressed, a lot of things fill the mind and this can lead to several accidents involving poor concentration. This can directly affect work and daily routines.

How Does One Get Started With Yoga?

Although it is perfectly fine to practice yoga at home with instructional videos, it is still recommended for beginners to take basic lessons. Learning the proper way of breathing and the proper way of doing basic poses will be helpful to maximize the health benefits. Everyone should have all the necessary items which include yoga mats, straps and proper attire. Knowing the basic order will also help beginners prepare for the sessions. Warm-up poses are done during the first few minutes followed by the poses in their respective order - standing, sitting, twists, supine and prone. Finishing poses are done at the last part of the session which aims to cool down the body.

Yoga is great for everyone. Don't procrastinate and start yoga today to reap the benefits

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