Why Yoga is a Boon for a Healthy Lifestyle (108 Benefits)

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December 14, 2022 0 Comments

Yoga can be used for two purposes, one is exercise & the other is therapy.

Yoga has often been related to a healthy lifestyle. It was referred in ancient writings of Rigveda, Upanishads, the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, Vaisesika sutra, Bhagavad Gita, Yogācārabhūmi-Śāstra, Pasupatasutra, Yogaśataka, Linga Purana, Brahmasutra, Mālinīvijayottara Tantra, Mrgendratantravrtti, Śaradatilaka, Yogabija.

It was introduced by gurus from India after the success of Swami Vivekananda’s adaptation of yoga without asanas in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

Two general theories exist on the origins of yoga. The linear model holds that yoga has Vedic origins, as reflected in the Vedic textual corpus, and influenced Buddhism; according to author Edward Fitzpatrick Crangle, this model is mainly supported by Hindu scholars. According to the synthesis model, yoga is a synthesis of indigenous, non-Vedic and Vedic elements; this model is favored in Western scholarship.

According to Knut A. Jacobsen, yoga has five principal meanings:

  1. A disciplined method for attaining a goal
  2. Techniques of controlling the body and mind
  3. A name of a school or system of philosophy (darśana)
  4. With prefixes such as “hatha-, mantra-, and laya-, traditions specializing in particular yoga techniques
  5. The goal of Yoga practice

Types of Yoga as per The Bhagavad Gita:

  1. Karma yoga: yoga of action
  2. Bhakti yoga: yoga of devotion
  3. Jnana yoga: yoga of knowledge

Patanjali defined an eight-limbed yoga in Yoga Sutras 2.29:

yoga sutra
  1. Yama (The five abstentions): Ahimsa (Non-violence, non-harming other living beings, Satya (truthfulness, non-falsehood), Asteya (non-stealing), Brahmacharya (celibacy, fidelity to one’s partner), and Aparigraha (non-avarice, non-possessiveness).
  2. Niyama (The five “observances”): Śauca (purity, clearness of mind, speech and body), Santosha (contentment, acceptance of others and of one’s circumstances), Tapas (persistent meditation, perseverance, austerity), Svādhyāya (study of self, self-reflection, study of Vedas), and Ishvara-Pranidhana (contemplation of God/Supreme Being/True Self).
  3. Asana: Literally means “seat”, and in Patanjali’s Sutras refers to the seated position used for meditation.
  4. Pranayama (“Breath exercises”): Prāna, breath, “āyāma”, to “stretch, extend, restrain, stop”.
  5. Pratyahara (“Abstraction”): Withdrawal of the sense organs from external objects.
  6. Dharana (“Concentration”): Fixing the attention on a single object.
  7. Dhyana (“Meditation”): Intense contemplation of the nature of the object of meditation.
  8. Samadhi (“Liberation”): merging consciousness with the object of meditation.
In Hindu scholasticism since the 12th century, yoga has been one of the six orthodox philosophical schools (darsanas): traditions that accept the Vedas.
 

Yoga as exercise

Yoga as exercise

Yoga is a physical activity consisting of asanas (often connected by smooth transitions, sometimes accompanied by breathing exercises and usually ending with a period of relaxation or meditation. It is often known simply as “yoga”, despite older Hindu traditions (some dating to the Yoga Sutras) in which asanas played little or no part; asanas were not central to any tradition.

Modern yoga types:

  1. Hatha
  2. Viniyoga
  3. Iyengar
  4. Ashtanga
  5. Sivananda
  6. Integral
  7. Kundalini
  8. Bikram (trending yoga globally)
  9. Vinyasa

Other types of Yoga:

Types of Yoga
  1. Raja yoga (By Swami Vivekananda)
  2. Kriya Yoga
  3. Cittabhumi
  4. Shinshin-tōitsu-dō
  5. Samyama
  6. Thelema

108 Benefits of Yoga:

  1. It improves mental & physical wellness 
  2. It gives relaxation & relieves stress
  3. It helps to heal various diseases very quickly along with integrated medicine
  4. It improves balancing
  5. It improves posture
  6. It improves cardiovascular
  7. Its relief back pain
  8. Its relief headache
  9. It helps to reduce rheumatoid arthritis
  10. It helps to get rid of sleeping disorder
  11. It improves your energy level
  12. It helps hair growth
  13. It helps skincare
  14. It strengthens each & every body part
  15. It improves self-care
  16. It reduce inflammation
  17. It reduces anxiety
  18. It will boost immunity
  19. It improves self esteem
  20. It improves bone health
  21. It enables body awareness
  22. It enhances brain functioning
  23. It helps to reduce depression
  24. It reduces period cramps
  25. It improves fertility rate
  26. It improves motility
  27. It helps for weight reduction
  28. It improves athletic performance
  29. It increases muscle strength & tone
  30. It protects from injury
  31. It turns you optimistic
  32. It reduces anger & violent tendency
  33. It will keep you calm
  34. It will make you happy
  35. It lowers cortisol level
  36. It increases serotonin level (happy harmone)
  37. It gives inner peace of mind
  38. It improves emotional stability
  39. It improves self-confidence
  40. It increase brains grey matter volume 
  41. It will improve memory power
  42. It improves concentration
  43. It increases your attention span
  44. It improves focus
  45. It makes you smarter
  46. It improves your gaming skill
  47. It improves mental toughness
  48. It improves body recovery time
  49. It helps for prompt reaction
  50. It increases dexterity
  51. It improves agility
  52. It increases endurance
  53. It will improve hand eye coordination
  54. It improves flexibility
  55. It gives better abs 
  56. It improves sexual performance & satisfaction
  57. It make your stronger
  58. It increases energy level
  59. It fights fatigue
  60. It lowers blood pressure
  61. It improves blood circulation & flow
  62. It improves respiration function
  63. It helps gastrointestinal function
  64. It helps to relieve thyroid problem
  65. It regulates metabolism
  66. It controls adrenalin glands
  67. It lowers blood sugar
  68. It lowers cholesterol level
  69. It improves endocrine system
  70. It increases oxytocin level
  71. It helps parasympathetic nervous system
  72. It increases red blood cells
  73. It lowers triglycerides
  74. It reduces oxidative stress
  75. Its slowdown aging process
  76. It helps weight management
  77. It keeps joints healthy
  78. It improves spine health
  79. It helps mother during pregnancy
  80. It improves social & spiritual life
  81. It improves interpersonal skills
  82. It prevents age related alzheimer’s disease
  83. It helps to reduce Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
  84. It reduce the risk of osteoporosis
  85. It protects against type 2 diabetes
  86. It lowers risk of stroke
  87. It helps to quit smoking
  88. It is effective for pain relief
  89. It helps the patients of attention deficit disorder & hyperactivity disorder
  90. It relieves asthma
  91. It helps cancer patient
  92. It relief carpal tunnel syndrome
  93. It helps to reduce epilepsy seizure
  94. It can reduce your medication
  95. It reduces Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
  96. It helps for menopause symptoms
  97. It reduces migraine
  98. It encourages mindful eating
  99. It helps for eating disorders
  100. . It helps with Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
  101. . It improves vision
  102. . It reduces Premenstrual syndrome (PMS)
  103. . It reduce Sinusitis
  104. . It reduces neck pain
  105. . It reduces chronic pain
  106. . It helps sciatic nerve
  107. . It helps Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  108. . It reduces muscular dystrophy

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