In today’s hectic atmosphere, yoga, an age-old technique of mindfulness, has gained popularity.
Yoga allows many people a refuge from their tumultuous and stressful circumstances. This probably applies whether you’re doing Surya Namaskara on a mat in your bedroom, or in a well-furnished Yoga studio. Numerous other psychological and physical advantages of yoga abound. Some of these reach the dining room table.
Yoga is a long-standing spiritual, emotional, and physical discipline. With time, folks have learned that yoga has a plethora of health rewards. Yoga is an exercise that challenges the body and the mind in addition to helping you lose weight and build muscle.
Yoga comes in a variety of forms. One of the most well-liked styles is Hatha, which combines several other techniques. It is a more active version of yoga than a still, contemplative one. Pranayamas are emphasized in hatha yoga (breath-controlled exercises). Following these are some asanas (yoga postures), which conclude with savasana (a resting period).
The idea behind physical challenges during yoga practice is to avoid feeling overwhelmed. The emphasis is on your breath at this “edge,” and your mind is accepting and at ease.
- A Better Body Image
Intuitive awareness is cultivated through yoga. It directs your attention to the potential of your body presently. It enhances physical and mental stamina and breath. It has nothing to do with aesthetics.
Mirrors are often omitted from yoga studios. This allows people to concentrate on themselves instead of how they seem in a stance or in relation to others. According to surveys, persons who practiced yoga were more conscious of their bodies than those who didn’t. Additionally, they felt better about themselves and were less judgemental of their bodies.
Due to these factors, yoga is now a core part of programs that support a good body image and sense of self-worth as well as the treatment of eating disorders.
Along with keeping your body fit, yoga helps you sustain its vitality. It pushes you to live a healthy lifestyle and improves the body’s metabolic process.
Mindful eating is defined by researchers as an unconditional positive regard and awareness of the bodily and emotional experiences related to eating. They created the following behaviors as the basis for a questionnaire to assess mindful eating:
eating despite being full (disinhibition)
observing how food appears, tastes, and smells
consuming as a result of environmental cues, such as the scent or appearance of food
eating while depressed or anxious (emotional eating)
eating while paying attention to something else
According to their results, the research indicates that those who exercised regularly were more attentive eaters. Better healthy-eating scores were correlated with years of yoga practice as well as weekly minutes of practice. You become more conscious of how your body feels as you practice yoga. This increased attentiveness can extend to lunch as well.
Furthermore, to lower blood sugar, yoga also decreases bad cholesterol while elevating good cholesterol. It helps in weight loss and increases the body’s sensitivity to insulin.
Yoga was found to have a beneficial impact on cardiovascular risk factors in several minor studies, lowering blood pressure in those with hypertension. Yoga most likely “baroreceptor sensitivity” restores. This aids the body’s ability to detect and maintain blood pressure homeostasis.
Another study discovered that both individuals with known coronary artery disease and healthy patients who practiced yoga had improved lipid profiles. Additionally, it decreased the need for medication in those with non-insulin-dependent diabetes by lowering high blood sugar levels. Due to its benefits for the heart and for reducing stress, yoga is increasingly being incorporated into many cardiac rehabilitation programs.
Yoga aids in stress reduction and establishes routines, both of which promote normal sleep patterns. A relaxed body sleeps more deeply and peacefully.
Is yoga a good thing to do before bed?
The answer is yes.
Instead of engaging in unhealthy late-night behaviors like thoughtless phone use or late-night snacking, yoga positions with deep breathing and meditation help us cultivate awareness. Breathing naturally decreases blood pressure, slows heart rate, and promotes a deep level of relaxation, which makes it simpler to get to sleep and stay asleep.
May Yoga be the new habit you add to your 2023’s list of learning. Namaste!
[Agrita Chhibber is from Jammu]
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