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Power of Yoga

Rani Mukherjee, Kareena Kapur and yester-year actor Jayaprada, all take refuge in Patanjali’s yoga to trim down excess flab and tone their figure, with the added bonus of mental peace. What’s stopping you and me from learning yoga and practicing it within the confines of your home or at the park and stay fit? May be lethargy, or lack or information will be the answer. While you got to tackle lethargy on your own, My Health Guardian is going to dispel your doubts on yoga and how it improves your fitness levels.

Yoga is a 5000 year old science expounded by Patanjali in his book Yogasutra and it helps you unite with the spirit. The exercises, called yogic poses do help the practitioner gain flexibility , increase muscle strength and become aware of the body. Most practitioners are curious to know whether yoga poses will help them fight the flab. The answer is yes, it will. But, like all efforts directed at weight loss this one too takes time and is perhaps the most holistic approach towards weight loss, which also helps calm your frayed nerves.

Why you should practice yoga?

1. Flexibility. Unlike any other exercise yoga imparts flexibility to your limbs. Initially, you may find hard to even bend or twist but with practice you’ll be able to nestle your nose between your knees when you bend down without flexing your knees. Ancient wisdom believes that in the flexibility of the spine lies the secret to the youth. And there is nothing as good as yoga which can ensure it.

2. Builds muscle strength. Unlike traditional weight building exercises, in yoga your body provides the resistance. While you are not likely going to produce the bulked up muscles of some weight lifters, you will certainly increase your muscle strength.

Many poses in yoga are done very slowly or you stay in the posture for several breaths. It is much more challenging to your muscles to hold a pose or do it slowly than it is to allow momentum to move you through an action.

3. Improves cardio-vascular system. Among the tremendous health benefits of yoga, another big advantage is that you can improve your cardio-vascular system. The gentler forms of yoga lower your blood pressure and keep it normal. The asanas, poses, postures keep blood flowing evenly throughout your body and straight to your heart. People suffering from hypertension can also gain from doing yoga every day. It can lower your heart rate and pressure. Power yoga lowers the cholesterol levels and strengthens muscles and it keeps blood and oxygen flowing evenly throughout your body.

4. Improves digestion. Yoga poses increase the blood flow to the digestive tract stimulating the intestinal action peristalsis making digestion more efficient. Yoga even calms and relaxes digestive system leading to effective elimination of toxins. Various forward bends increase the spaces in the abdomen facilitating the release of entrapped gases. Yoga even benefits in various digestive disorders as bloating, cramping, gas after meals, Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), inflammatory bowel diseases as Chron’s and ulcerative colitis and relieving symptoms such as diarrhea, constipation, abdominal pains, acidity, and nausea.

5. Relieves stress. The most important reason why many people learn yoga is to get rid of stress that haunts our lives. Corpse posture is extremely effective to get rid of stress and so is progressive relaxation. As you do the poses, stretch and flex your limbs, you’ll find that the stress begins to evaporate.

Every pose in yoga has a counter pose. Like wheel posture or chakras an should be done after sarvangasan, as it allows your body to release the undue stretch that it has undergone while doing a pose. Hence it is important that you should learn yoga under a qualified teacher.