Many people think of yoga simply as a form of exercise, or a fashionable way to get fit. However, there is much more to this ancient practice than just physical activity. Yoga helps to center the mind by working on the body. It promotes inner peace and a harmonious state by regulating the nervous system, organs, and hormone production through specific bodily positions, contraction, breath work and breath retention. Yoga leads you to a state of meditation and is, therefore, a complete body-mind experience.
Whether you are new to yoga or have been practicing for years, there is always more to learn. Keep reading to find out why yoga is so much more than just exercise.
It incorporates breath-work leading to a meditative state
Conscious breathing and conscious contemplation provide a way to relax and come into the present moment. When you worry about the future you create anxiety within yourself and when you worry about the past you create depression. By being in the present moment and observing the thoughts that arise without involving yourself in the thoughts you learn to let go of unnecessary thoughts and focus on those that are important to what you are doing in the moment. When you are doing slow breathing you are present with that experience and when irrelevant thoughts arise, come back to the experience of slow breathing. Then applying this process of being present and focused on whatever it is you are doing in life is meditation in action.
Yoga is a process of feeling centred within yourself
Yoga is an incredible way to assist you in being grounded in the present moment and feeling centred in your inner self . Inner centredness enables you to gain insight into who we are inately, what your body needs are, and how to better appreciate the world around you. With the capacity to be self-aware and be the observer of your egoic self, you can learn to see that you do have choices in life, rather than feeling other forces have made you feel a particular way, and thereby you can make better decisions. When you an emotional reactional to a situation or a person you have a choice to hang on to that emotion or to change it by being in control of how you express yourself and knowing how to be your best self.
Yoga encourages you to be honest and truthful with yourself, to be non harming to yourself and others and to develop contentment. Therefore, all actions and behaviours in life are a part of yoga practise.
Practicing yoga can lead to a more positive outlook on life
Practicing yoga can be a powerful way to unlock a more positive outlook on life. It starts with mindful movements, breathing and meditation, and to become more aware of your physical and mental health. Yoga is designed to open up the pathways for improved emotional well-being and increased self-confidence. It can give you the tools you need to manage stress in healthier ways and focus on finding clarity from within. Incorporating yoga into your routine can create balance in your life and help you to maintain an optimistic outlook that enables you to live with more intention and joy. If you’re looking to improve your physical and mental wellbeing, give yoga a try under the guidance of a well informed teacher.