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Things to know about yoga


Yoga is the union of spirit and body through which we become calmer and more vital. Yoga, which survived more than thousands of years and outlived many forms, is more and more popular, and therefore there is not a single fitness club or a wellness center which does not offer some of its numerous systems and techniques. Yoga relaxes and provides you with energy, puts away the stress, removes the stiffness in the neck, helps with headaches and sleep disorders. Yoga is much more than a means to maintain psycho-physical condition with body exercises and breathing and relaxing exercises. It teaches is to treat our body with respect and love and enables the reconnecting with ourselves.

Exercises and breathing techniques

Yoga is a teaching older than 3500 years, founded in the Indian history and philosophy. It represents a complex system which unites bodily exercises, breathing techniques, cleansing exercising, meditation and relaxation. The word yoga is related with the Sanskrit word Yuj- which means: to unite. In relation to its original meaning, the basic purpose of yoga is unity, harmonization of the body, soul and psyche. Yoga is suitable for all people regardless of age or psychophysical condition. Although there are numerous systems and techniques of yoga, the most suitable for our lifestyles is Hatha yoga. It is the most famous and thorough system which is comprised out of 200 asanas, body postures, breathing exercises, concentration and meditation which are meant to improve the flow of life energy and enable inner balance.

Effects

The positive ones are numerous, and most of them have been scientifically confirmed. With yoga, the inner peace and balance is maintained, the self consciousness is developed and self esteem is increased. It is a source of vitality and life energy and under yoga influence, creativity is developed. The yoga exercises positively affect the muscles, connecting tissues and joints. Under its influence, the body becomes more beautiful and slimmer, the moves become more elegant, lighter and easier, and you have a kingly posture. Yoga strengthens the spine and improves its elasticity. Muscles become stronger and more elastic and the joints stronger and more movable. Moreover, it also normalizes the blood flow and heart work, strengthens and calms the nerve system and betters the entire immunity. What’s more, it is beneficial for the concentration since the breathing becomes regular, so instead of shallow and quick breathing, easier and deeper breathing begins and the entire organism benefits from this, especially the skin which becomes fresher and glows. There is also a better digestion and it helps with different conditions, such as gastritis and constipation. Under the influence of yoga exercises, the body burns the calories, hunger is normalized and surplus kilograms are being lost.

Against stress

Although yoga is meant for everyone, it is especially recommended for a certain group of people. The exercises will be especially beneficial for persons that experience posture problems, spinal problems and back pain, as well as those who suffer from chronic diseases of the breathing organs, asthma and allergies, as well as chronic headaches and migraine. Practicing yoga is also highly recommendable for decrease of symptoms of different psychic conditions and diseases, especially people that are constantly under stress.

Training advice
  • If you have health problems, spinal problems, high blood pressure or vertigo, consult your doctor before you begin practicing yoga.
  • Do the exercises only with professional trainers, and never indulge into learning the exercises on your own with a cassette or a book, so to avoid learning wrong techniques.
  • The wanted results can be achieved only with regular exercising for a longer period, and therefore, practice yoga at least three times per week during 20 to 30 minutes, or better, every other day. Of course, the best results are achieved with everyday practice for 10 minutes in the morning or at night.
  • Always exercise at the same time of the day, and adjust the choice with your biorhythm, depending on whether you are a morning or night person.
  • Exercise barefoot or in warm cotton socks, and in lighter cotton clothes which will allow you to properly do the exercise and on a mat that does not crumple.
  • Before exercising, do not eat, drink lesser liquids, and let there be two hours of distance between a bigger meal and exercising.
  • Before exercising, warm up your body, for example, run on the spot.
  • Do the exercises carefully, patiently and calmly, and breathe properly.
  • Do not force yourself too much and avoid unnecessary pressures to the body while you stretch and bend. You must be pleasant since in yoga the goal is achieved with small and adjustable steps to the body, therefore, do it slowly but carefully.
  • While you exercise, breathe in and out deeply through the nose, so in this way, the air that you breathe in will be cleansed and warmed up.
  • Sweating during yoga is a good sign, especially when you do dynamic exercises which regulate the circulation.

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