Physical Activity and Meditation for a Overall Health
Health is the real wealth of an individual. Good health does not mean the absence of physical illness but also the lack of mental and social pressures and worries. A healthy person can take challenges in stride and easily cope with the difficulties and stress of daily living. Incorporating regular physical activities, nutritious diet, and refraining from alcohol and cigarettes are necessary in maintaining a fit and healthy body.
Yoga is a physical activity that has been used since the ancient times to alleviate health problems and provide the support to assist in curing or alleviating symptoms of high blood pressure, high cholesterol, asthma, shallow breathing, backaches, chronic illness, and many other forms of discomfort. In our present society, Yoga has gone from a spiritual discipline practiced by many in the Far East, into a mainstream exercise routine that has been taught in many gyms around the world. Other researches suggest that yoga may promote relaxation and reduce distress.
Known benefits of practicing Yoga include:
- Improved strength, endurance, and stamina
- Tighter abs, legs, and arms
- Helps release physical tension
- Helps maintain good and proper posture
- Serves as a good warm up for athletes
- Improves an athlete’s overall performance
Yoga is a very accessible exercise. Virtually all that is needed is a flat floor surface, a mat or towel, and enough overhead space to extend the arms. It can be performed by individuals of different ages and level of physical condition. However, not all poses should be attempted by everyone. Proper posture and alignment should always be maintained during stretch or posture to avoid injuries. These activities should be stopped when there is fatigue, pain, or dizziness.
In addition, the mental component of yoga is as important as its physical activities. Concentration and meditation should not be taken for granted. Yoga should be done with an open and gentle mind when one performs yoga positions and posture. Impatience, self-criticism, and comparing oneself with others may hamper the improvement of one’s physical and mental health.
If you want to engage in yoga you should consider enrolling in a private Yoga class. By working one on one with an instructor you have a greater chance of learning proper form and pushing yourself harder than you would alone or in a larger group setting. If you wish to develop into more advanced yoga practices, you will definitely want to have private level classes. Yoga is a great way to strengthen the and body and improve overall health.