top of page

Why Yoga is a better way to lead a Healthier Life

Updated: Nov 28, 2022

Yoga: A Healthier Way to Lead Life

If you’re looking to get a spiritual break from your everyday routine and concentrate on creating harmony between your mind, body and soul; then yoga is the way to do it! The term was derived from the Sanskrit word called “Yuj” which literally translates to yoke or “to join” or “to unite”.

According to the ancient Sanskrit scriptures, Yoga prompts you to unite your consciousness with the universal consciousness and let your body establish a relationship with nature. After all, we are nature and all it's elements. The prime or the major objective behind Yoga is to achieve a state of self-realization and freedom (Kaivalya, the highest state of Samadhi) by working through and overcoming the pain and sufferings in your life.

Yoga has many parts to it and it is truly lifetimes of study to embrace the whole self and all it's parts. From beginners to seasoned Yoga veterans, everyone can rejuvenate their mind, body and soul with Yoga and Ayurveda Holistic Health. These sister sciences are for whole body health and wellness and nourish all the systems of the body. More on Ayurveda in the next blog post.

To make you further believe in the power of Yoga, let’s take a look at some of the physical and spiritual benefits of Yoga!

What are the Physical Benefits of Yoga?

Even though there’s still a lot of research being conducted into the health benefits of yoga, the preliminary evidence gathered so far is enough to prove the beneficial effects of yoga for your overall well-being. Let’s take a look at some of these health benefits in detail!

Improve Flexibility

Your body’s flexibility forms an integral component of your overall physical health. All grades of yoga intensity can help you improve your flexibility and slow down your aging process.

The culmination of deep breathing and slow movements during a yoga asana can help improve the blood flow to your muscles and warm them for better circulation. This will also help you to hold a pose for a longer period of time and build better muscle strength.

Begin improving your flexibility by practicing the Tree Pose every morning. Just balance your body on one foot while placing the other one above your knee at a 90-degree angle. Choose a spot in front of you and try to focus on it for one minute while trying to hold the pose.

Breathe Deep!

A male and female doing yoga in the park
Yoga in the park

Relieve Your Back Pain

Our modern lifestyles have us hunching our backs and bringing our neck and head forward while working on a computer or using a phone for extended periods of time. Yoga can help you shift your body’s focus on flexibility and mobility and promote better alignment of tight muscles such as hamstrings and your spine.

A great yoga pose to help relieve your back pain is the cat-cow pose. To do this pose, first, you have to get on all your fours and place the palms of your hands directly underneath your shoulders. Your knees must be underneath your hips for the pose.

Then, draw your first breath and drop your stomach down towards the floor. Next, as you exhale, arch your spine by drawing your navel towards your spine.

cat-cow pose instructions
Cat-Cow Pose

Promote Cardiovascular Health

Practicing yoga regularly helps reduce inflammation across your body and reduces your stress levels. Some of the factors that contribute to heart diseases are - obesity, high blood pressure, high blood sugar, etc.

These factors can be addressed by yoga to help improve the functioning of your cardiovascular system. The downward dog pose has proven to be successful at achieving this feat.

Yoga Guru Lynn Geddes Wolling Assisting A Student
Yoga Guru Lynn Geddes Wolling Assisting A Student

Improve Your Sleep Cycle

Yoga significantly improves how quickly you fall asleep and how deep it is. Regular yoga practice has a calming effect on your mind and also helps relieve the stress and anxiety you might be feeling.

If you too want to regulate your sleep cycle, then establishing a bedtime routine can help your body get ready for bed. You must definitely try including the Legs-Up-the-Wall Pose to your bedtime yoga routine and watch it work its magic!

Woman using the wall to do yoga
Woman using the wall to do yoga

What are the Spiritual Benefits of Yoga?

Millions of people worldwide practice yoga not just for its physical benefits but for its spiritual benefits too. Let’s take a look at some of the ways in which practicing yoga makes your