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Yoga Facts

What is Yoga?

Yoga is an ancient philosophy that came from India that promotes personal health, grown and wellness and is also based on a harmonizing system of development for the body, mind, and spirit. So, yoga is an art that combines the body, the mind and the spirit.

The regular yoga practice will provide a sense of peace and healthy. The yoga practice will make your body strong and flexible. It also develops the functioning of the respiratory, circulatory, digestive, and hormonal systems. Yoga is about balance. It brings an emotional stability and calmness in the mind.

Yoga is not only for young people who are thin and flexible but also for all age groups. It is also not lying around a religion, relaxing, staring at a candle and breathing incense. Yoga needs a full concentration over the body and mind, focused breathing, regulation and discipline.

As a result of practicing yoga, there will be a greater unification of mind, body, and spirit and for yoga practice there will be no age limit. Anyone regardless of age, body type, experience, or physical capabilities can practice yoga.

Yoga poses increases suppleness, and keeps you fit through yoga exercises, stretches, and breathing techniques. Yoga also promotes mental intensification through individual’s patience, attentiveness, and dedication.

There are many types of yoga such as hatha based or alignment yoga that has been around for over 5000 years and gradually becoming popular, with several medical practitioners and therapists, as a treatment for a huge varieties of diseases.

The health benefits of yoga practice are numerous and it includes more suppleness and strength, improves cardiovascular health, overcomes and helps in healing several injuries, produces mental calmness and clarity, and also generates emotional balance in your body.

Who should practice yoga?

Yoga can be practiced by anyone from the range of people who presently find no physical exercise at all to the range of Olympic athletes. People of all age groups can practice yoga. Knowing the effects of yoga on physical, mental and spiritual aspects, yoga is being practiced by millions of people all over the world.

If your aim is to recuperate vigor, health, and feel stronger and younger, then assumes yoga as your exercise of choice. However, if you are in search of a quick fix or just temporary relief of the symptoms, then it is better to look at another form of exercise.

If you desire for a program that acquires more challenging as you move forward, that can begin despite of the condition your body is in, and if you are in search of a type of exercise that is balanced, then yoga may be the best for you.

What are the benefits of Yoga?

Benefits of Yoga to Your Bones, Muscles, and Joints


  • The physical benefits of yoga are myriad. Yoga keeps your body strong, as it involves all the muscles in your body to hold and balance yoga asanas (poses). The various yoga postures strengthen your feet, legs, hands, abdominals, lower back, legs, and shoulders.
  • Yoga's stretching and breathing exercises improve your flexibility, helping joints, tendons, and muscles stay limber. People suffering from osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis will see a noticeable improvement in their stiffness, pain, and other arthritic symptoms by practicing yoga poses and postures.
  • Yoga improves your endurance, especially the more athletic forms of yoga such as ashtanga yoga, power yoga, vinyasa yoga, and Bikram yoga. These rigorous yoga practices follow a specific sequence of poses (asanas) that become more challenging as you progress. Unlike the more gentle hatha yoga, the forms of ashtagna yoga, power yoga, vinyasa yoga, and Bikram yoga require you to keep your body in constant motion between poses, resulting in a strenuous cardiovascular workout and improved core strength.
  • Hatha yoga can relieve chronic back and neck pain, since the poses and postures gently stretch and strengthen your back and neck muscles.
  • Yoga is often prescribed to help heal various injuries, including repetitive strain injuries, knee and back injuries, pulled hamstrings, even minor skin burns. Of course, you should consult your physician before using yoga as a treatment for any injury!
  • Yoga is an excellent weight-bearing exercise that can improve your bone density. This is particularly beneficial for women approaching menopause, since yoga can help ward off osteoporosis, or thinning of the bone.


Benefits of Yoga to the Cardiovascular System


      Yoga has tremendous health benefits for your heart. Most notably:

  • The gentler forms of yoga lower your blood pressure because the asanas (yoga poses, postures, and yoga positions) keep blood flowing evenly throughout your body while you focus on your breathing.
  • People suffering from hypertension can benefit from yoga tremendously, as hatha yoga can lower your heart rate and blood pressure.
  • Many practitioners claim that yoga has also lowered their cholesterol.
  • Power yoga is an excellent form of cardio conditioning, which strengthens core muscles while it keeps blood and oxygen circulating throughout your body.


Benefits of Yoga on Mental Health


  • Yoga benefits anyone's mental health by helping him or her relax, and it is an effective form of psychological therapy. Yoga reduces anxiety and stress, resulting in better health, better mood, and better concentration throughout the day. Yoga has been used to help treat a wide variety of emotional and mental disorders, including acute anxiety, depression, and mood swings.
  • Even children can benefit from yoga. Those with attention deficit disorder and hyperactivity can learn to relax and get control by using yoga breathing and yoga asanas.
  • Because yoga is a form of meditation, it results in a sense of inner peace and purpose, which has far-reaching health benefits.
  • Yoga has been used to help heal victims of torture or other trauma.


Benefits of Yoga on Other Health Conditions


  • Do you have frequent headaches? Yoga can rid you of tension headaches and migraines because yoga circulates blood and oxygen to your head, which can often prevent headaches from starting.
  • A regular yoga practice helps boost antioxidants throughout your body, resulting in a stronger immune system and improved ability to heal quickly from disease or injury.
  • Yoga can help you lose weight and maintain a healthy weight throughout your life. Power yoga is a vigorous form of yoga that burns calories, resulting in weight loss.
  • Many women going through menopause report an easing of symptoms when they begin practicing yoga.


Benefits of Yoga in Everyday Life


  • Yoga can help cure insomnia, as regular yoga practice leads to better and deeper sleep.
  • Yoga can help fight fatigue and maintain your energy throughout the day.
  • Yoga is an effective treatment for a variety of autoimmune diseases because it can reduce the symptoms these diseases often cause, such as stiffness, malaise, fatigue, and weakness.


What to expect in a yoga class?

Yoga is an ancient practice that has been handed down through the ages from teacher to student. Yoga classes at Shànt Wellness Studio involves stretching and strengthening exercises (asanas), breathing techniques (pranayama) and relaxation at the end. In a yoga class, differently from other types of exercises, there is no competition and no need to force or strain. Our friendly instructors will remind you to stay at your comfort zone. Yoga is a powerful technique that along with consistency will bring you much more than what you expect.

Can I Do Yoga Even Though I'm Not Flexible?

Don't avoid yoga just because you think you aren't flexible. In fact, if you have tight muscles, yoga is just the thing to loosen you up. The point of yoga is not to show off how flexible you are, but rather to become more flexible over time while enjoying yoga's health benefits.

Where to start?

If you are new to yoga, it is best to start with beginner level classes and learn the system rather than relying on the fact that you are in good shape and jump right into more advanced classes. It is also recommended not forcing or straining. There is no competition in yoga - what seems impossible today becomes possible with regularity and staying at your comfort zone. Once you master basic alignment and breathing techniques and gain some flexibility, advancing in any of the systems can provide challenges in terms of strength, endurance and balance. If you have any questions, call us at 207-222-2118 for advice on classes that would be appropriate for you.