Yoga means “to unite” or “join together” in the Sanskrit language (an ancient language in India). In its traditional form, yoga exercises were believed to help unite the mind, body and soul of a person. This in turn was believed to lead to the ultimate liberation or enlightenment of the person. Modern day yoga exercises have different primary aims, though in some countries (especially India), the traditional beliefs of yoga are still kept alive. Today, yoga exercises are practiced by millions of people around the world. There are many benefits incurred by people practicing yoga exercises. The main benefits will be investigated in this in this article.
Yoga exercises are well known for its stretching postures. These postures are medically proven to increase the flexibility of the human body. There are many advantages of keeping the body flexible. When the body is flexible, the muscles are stretched over a wider range. Stretching of muscles help to prevent muscle pulls and other muscle related injuries. In fact, all exercise programs (both aerobic and anaerobic) require a period of stretching and cooling down, immediately after exercise. Doing yoga exercises in this period can help a person to reap the maximum benefits of any exercise program. The flexibility gained by Yoga exercises is also beneficial to professionals (such as ballerinas, gymnasts and dancers) whose professions require them to be flexible. Most yoga exercises improve flexibility, but one should always be careful not to overdo them. Some clinical studies have proven that some extreme yoga postures may have dire consequences such as carotid artery tears and in-vertebral disc bulging. The golden rule is that if one finds a yoga posture extremely uncomfortable or hard to do, then refrain from doing that posture. A person may also consult a medical specialist to get professional advice.
Some other advantages include rejuvenation of the soul and calming your mind.