In Vedic Sanskrit, yoga (from the the root yuj) means “to add” “to join” “to unite” or “to attach”. Yoga is union of a person with the universe means, living in harmony with the environment to integrate the mind, body and soul.
Yoga helps us focus and relieve us from our everyday stress.
Yoga & Ayurveda
“Ayurveda is a science and Yoga is practice of that science.”
Yoga and Ayurveda are inseparable sisters, together forming a complete approach for optimal health, vitality and higher awareness. Both yoga and ayurveda are based upon the same principles of panchmahabhootas and doshas. Both of these sciences have eight branches: Ashtang Yoga and Ashtang Ayurveda.
Yoga focuses on spiritual integration through self-transcendence culminating in Self realization whereas Ayurveda focuses on psychosomatic integration through comprehensive health-care culminating in openness to self-transcendence and Self-realization.
Benefits of Yoga
Yoga can change your physical and mental capacity quickly, while preparing the mind and body for long-term health. Yoga helps relieve stress and uncluttered the mind, and helps you get more focused.
Poor posture can cause back, neck, and other muscle and joint problems. Yoga focuses on strengthening of the muscles and improved flexibility in your body. Each of the yoga poses is built to reinforce the muscles around the spine and improving the posture. Thus alleviating back neck and shoulder pain.
Another one of the benefits of yoga is that stretching and holding of postures also causes muscles to lengthen, which gives the body a longer, leaner look. Thus it helps in maintaining body weight.
Weight bearing asanas helps in strengthening of the bones as well as yoga’s ability to lower levels of stress hormone cortisol may help keep calcium in the bones. Thus helps ward off osteoporosis.
The digestive system gets back on track when the stretching in yoga is coupled with a healthy, organic diet, which can relieve constipation, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and acid reflux.
Yoga poses massage organs and improves blood circulation; breathing techniques and meditation release stress and improve immunity.
Yoga helps in lowers the level of stress hormone cortisol. Since stress is implicated in so many health problems—from migraines and insomnia to lupus, MS, eczema, high blood pressure, and heart attacks— if you learn to quiet your mind, you’ll be likely to live longer and healthier.
And many more health benefits, if yoga is practiced as a daily routine along with healthy diet and lifestyle.