The fact that our bodies feel better motivates us to walk, run, jog, go to the gymnasium, play a sport, and even do sit-ups and pushups, or do aerobics or yoga. The body is truly a marvelous piece of machinery but, like all machines, it is prone to breakdown under unfavorable conditions. With the breakdown of the body, the mind becomes weak and self-confidence is reduced.
The advantages of yoga -Yoga asanas offer unique advantages over other systems of exercises. The practice of yoga asanas (postures) and pranayama (breathing exercises) is unquestionably an ideal method to preserve the health and longevity of our body without any harm, fatigue, or exhaustion. Simple yoga asanas and walking can be done at any age. Even people suffering from various diseases can practice yoga, whereas most of the other exercises like jogging, running, aerobics, and gymnastics are prohibited for them.
Yoga asanas are simple, and can be done literally in a few minutes at any place - be it your home, a park, or even your office. It also requires no equipment and little space. Yoga asanas balance our nervous system and increase the amount of oxygen to our brain thereby improving mental clarity, alertness and physical well being, besides controlling cholesterol levels and reducing weight. The most important benefit of yoga is that it is a physical and mental therapy.
Yoga boosts the brainpower and lowers the risk of getting Alzheimer’s (memory loss) disease, suggests a study from Western Reserve University. People, who ran, swam, skated, or practiced yoga, are less likely to be stricken by this mind-robbing disorder. Researchers have known for several years that our supply of brain cells inevitably dwindles as we age. But recent studies suggest that not only can we actually generate new brain cells over time, but may also be able to accelerate the process. All we have to do is get moving.
Science and yoga - Now science has found out that the cells of the human body that are subjected to stretching are able to grow better, adapt easily, and survive longer. Cells that bulge does not survive, says science. Yoga asanas do not allow bulging of cells. The regional blood flow changes without any reflex change in any other parameter. Secondly, as there is no repetitive movement, the muscles do not get exhausted. The muscles trained thus remain healthy throughout life. According to scientists, yoga asanas put gentle pressure upon glands and stimulate their functioning. One can now see that yogis of India had a better understanding of the human body thousands of years ago.
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