- 1 What is Yoga?
- 2 The Birth and Development of Yoga
- 3 Benefits of Yoga
- 3.1 1. Improve flexibility
- 3.2 2. Increase muscle strength
- 3.3 3. Have a perfect figure
- 3.4 4. Prevents the disease of joint cartilage
- 3.5 5. Protect the spine
- 3.6 6. Strong bones xương
- 3.7 7. Increase blood circulation
- 3.8 8. Strengthen white blood cells and strengthen immunity
- 3.9 9. Increase heart rate
- 3.10 10. Lowers blood pressure
- 3.11 11. Regulate the adrenal gland
- 3.12 12. Make you happier
- 3.13 13. Have a healthy lifestyle
- 3.14 14. Lower blood sugar
- 3.15 15. Enhance concentration
- 3.16 16. Helps relax the body
- 3.17 17. Improve balance
- 3.18 18. Maintain the nervous system
- 3.19 19 Release tension in limbs
- 3.20 20. Help you have a deep sleep
- 3.21 21. Strengthens the Immune System
- 3.22 22. Make your lungs stronger
- 3.23 23. Prevents Digestive Problems
- 3.24 24. Makes you feel peaceful
- 3.25 25. Know how to evaluate yourself better
- 3.26 26. Soothes the pain
- 3.27 27. Change from within
- 3.28 28. Connect with an instructor
- 3.29 29. Helps Avoid Drugs
- 3.30 30. Building awareness must change
- 3.31 31. Improve relationships
- 3.32 32. Use sound to relieve the discomforts of sinusitis
- 3.33 33. Better body through imagination
- 3.34 34. Preventing allergies and viruses from entering
- 3.35 35. Be nicer to people
- 3.36 36. More self-care sense
- 3.37 37. Connective Tissue Support
- 3.38 38. A drug with no side effects
- 3.39 39. Yoga makes you taller
- 3.40 40. Yoga helps you win every battle in life
- 3.41 41. Enhance sexual ability
What is Yoga?
Yoga is a scientific system of physical and mental practices that originated in India more than 5000 years ago. The purpose of yoga is to help each of us reach our highest limits, experience lasting health and happiness. With Yoga, we can prolong our healthy, productive years far beyond the accepted norm while, at the same time, improving the quality of our lives emotionally and mentally.
Yoga is a practice that requires a high degree of integration of mind and body at the same time. Based on the principle of controlling the breath and keeping the body in the same posture, thereby mastering and controlling the flexibility of the body, improving intelligence, health and finding the true value of happiness. The magic of Yoga is through the practice of the body to initiate the mind, help people become enlightened, give up unhealthy lifestyles, bad qualities and perfect themselves. With thousands of benefits of Yoga, it is considered the oldest and most trusted form of exercise in the world.
The Birth and Development of Yoga
The beginnings of Yoga were started by the Sarasvati civilization in Northern India more than 5000 years ago. The first term for Yoga appears in the Indian sutra, the Vedas. Vedas are songs, mantras, ritual texts used by Brahmans. (Brahman or Great Self is an Indian concept of the ultimate spirit.)
Yoga has been developed step by step, step by step, by the spirit of Brahmans and Rishis poets, who have demonstrated their practice and absolute faith in the Upanishads. One of the most famous yoga sutras is the Bhagavad Gita which is an ancient Sanskrit text consisting of 700 verses of the Mahabharata. The Upanishads took the idea of self-sacrifice from the Vedas and popularized it, practicing to overcome the ego, through self-study, action, and scripture.
The Age of Yoga- Classics
In the Pre-Classical period, Yoga was a jumble of religious beliefs, rituals, and techniques, and they were often at odds with each other. Yoga of the Classical period is said to have been initiated by a collection of 196 Indian scriptures on the theory and practice of yoga. Yoga exercises compiled before 400 CE by Sage Patanjali. In the book Patanjali, the practice of Yoga of this period is directed towards the “8 paths of conquest” consisting of steps and exercises towards meditation and enlightenment. Patanjali is considered the father of Yoga and the Yoga Sutras he wrote still have a strong influence on modern yoga.
Several centuries after Patanjali’s time, yoga masters created a system of yoga exercises to get a stronger body. They rejected the ancient Vedic beliefs of Yoga and argued that the practice of having a youthful body was the meaning of enlightenment. They have developed Tantra Yoga exercises, the foundation exercises that make our body and mind “cleaner”, remove the knots of restraint, these exercises are the practice of mental connection. and our bodies together.
In the late 19th century Yoga masters began to travel to the West to popularize Yoga and teach them. It started with Parliament in Chicago and then Swami Vivekananda, who gave a speech on the history and practice of Yoga at University World’s Religion. In the 1920s and 30s of the last century, Hatha Yoga was widely known by T. Krishnamacharya, Swami Sivananda. T. Krishnamacharya opened the first Hatha Yoga school in Myscore in 1924. Sivanada also opened the school in 1936 with the name “Devine Life Society”. T. Krishnamacharya had three students who would continue his career, his ideal of Yoga and make it widely available to the world: B.K.S. Iyengar, T.K.V. Desikachar and Pattabhi Jois. Sivanada has written more than 200 books on Yoga, established 9 temples and many Yoga teaching centers around the world.
We – the translation team hope that after reading this article, you will have more faith and love for this historical subject. Wish you always have a healthy body and mind to pursue Yoga.
Benefits of Yoga
1. Improve flexibility
Improved flexibility is one of the most obvious benefits of practicing Yoga, if you normally can’t bring your hands behind your back or bend over to touch your toes, then after a few weeks of practicing Yoga, you will be able to do it easily without feeling pain like just starting out.
Inflexibility can cause a lot of pain in the body, practicing yoga will help overcome this phenomenon and improve your posture.
2. Increase muscle strength
Strong muscles will help you better protect the joint system, against pain and inflammation caused by daily collisions. And when muscle strength increases combined with increased body flexibility and will help your body become stronger. Especially if you also go to the gym to build muscle, it will help you lift weights more easily.
3. Have a perfect figure
Your head is like a bowling ball, both big and heavy. When it is balanced on the spine, it will need constant support from the neck and back muscles for balance. Keeping it balanced throughout the day causes frequent neck strain and it may not be the only problem.
Poor posture also affects the back, shoulders and many other muscle groups as well as the joints causing pain and degeneration. And what are the benefits of practicing yoga? That is, it will help keep everything on your body in the right place where it should be and thereby help you stay healthy.
4. Prevents the disease of joint cartilage
Every time you practice Yoga, you will perform full range of motion, help prevent joint degeneration or minimize joint pain by “Pull and Soak” areas of cartilage that are not normally used.
Cartilage is like sponges, it only receives more nutrition when the liquid inside is squeezed out and soaked in a new source of nutrients. If the cartilage areas are not supplied with new nutrients for a long time, they can gradually wear down like brake pads.
5. Protect the spine
Herniated disc is a very common disease, but when practicing yoga, twisting, bending, twisting movements will help the discs to be flexible and always stay in their correct position, preventing disc herniation. more effective.
6. Strong bones xương
Practicing yoga also helps improve the quality of your bones. There are many movements that require strength to lift the body, such as Downward- and Upward-Facing Dog.
One study also showed that practicing yoga helps increase bone density in the vertebrae, reduces Cortisol (the stress hormone) and helps retain more calcium in the bones.
7. Increase blood circulation
One benefit of yoga that few people know is that it will help improve blood circulation in the body, better blood circulation means that the cells will have more oxygen and nutrients, thereby limiting hand pain. legs, dizziness, lethargy effectively.
It also helps prevent blood clots in the body, preventing strokes and heart attacks caused by blood clots.
8. Strengthen white blood cells and strengthen immunity
When you do yoga, you will help your body strengthen the white blood cells that contain many immune cells. This helps the body fight diseases such as cancer, toxic substances in the body more effectively.
9. Increase heart rate
When you exercise, you bring your heart rate into the aerobic zone, which reduces your risk of heart attack, and causes of depression.
While not every yoga exercise gets your heart rate into the aerobic zone, exercises that don’t get your heart rate up that high are still beneficial for your heart.
It can reduce resting heart rate, increase endurance and maximize oxygen absorption during exercise.
10. Lowers blood pressure
People with high blood pressure when wondering what effect yoga does, the biggest benefit for them is to adjust their blood pressure.
One study showed that practicing yoga for 3 months reduced systolic blood pressure by 36 points and exercise by 15 points.
11. Regulate the adrenal gland
Yoga helps to reduce stress hormones, if that doesn’t make you feel very impressive then consider adding this.
When you have a problem with a lot of pressure (for example, heavy exercise), the adrenal gland will secrete Cortisol to handle that crisis and temporarily increase immunity.
However, if the crisis has been resolved but the Cortisol still does not decrease, it will donate to the weakened immune system.
A temporary increase in Cortisol can help improve memory, but a continuous increase will decrease your memory, and also cause depression, osteoporosis (it causes calcium in the bones to be lost and interferes with cell formation. new bone), high blood pressure and insulin resistance….
12. Make you happier
If you feel sad, do yoga.
Research has shown that regular yoga practice improves depression and significantly increases Serotonin levels and reduces Monoamine xidase (an enzyme that breaks down neurotransmitters) and Cortisol levels.
Research shows that activity in the left prefrontal cortex is increased in people who practice yoga, and it correlates with their happiness.
13. Have a healthy lifestyle
Move more, eat less is a familiar saying of people who want to lose weight. Practicing yoga will make it easier to do both.
While regular yoga practice helps move more and burn calories better, it also stimulates your mind and emotions to make healthier food choices.
14. Lower blood sugar
The next benefit for those who ask if yoga has any effect is to help reduce blood sugar and bad cholesterol (LDL) and increase good cholesterol (HDL).
For people with diabetes, Yoga causes the body to reduce sugar levels in many ways such as reducing Cortisol, Adrenaline, improving sensitivity to Issulin to help reduce complications caused by diabetes.
15. Enhance concentration
The key element of Yoga is focusing on the present moment. Regular yoga practice improves coordination, reaction time, and even IQ score.
Yoga masters are better able to gather and remember information because they are less distracted in their thoughts.
16. Helps relax the body
Practicing yoga encourages your body to relax, slow your breathing and focus on the present shifting balance from the sympathetic nervous system to the parasympathetic nervous system. And it helps to soothe or restore, reduces breathing and heart rate, lowers blood pressure and increases blood circulation to the intestines and organs.
17. Improve balance
Regular yoga practice helps you to feel space and time better, improves balance.
People with poor walking posture cause back pain, knee pain will decrease faster. For the elderly, there will be less need to go to the hospital to see a doctor for treatment.
18. Maintain the nervous system
Some professionals are able to manipulate their bodies in very extraordinary ways, many of which involve the nervous system.
Researchers have found that people who practice yoga can mistake an irregular heartbeat, create special brain waves and can heat the palm of the hand by 9 degrees Celsius.
If the yogis can do that, you can also learn how to improve blood flow to the pelvis to improve your chances of having a baby or to help you relieve the stress of childbirth and sleep better, for example.
19 Release tension in limbs
Have you ever found yourself holding a phone with a lot of force, or sitting in front of a computer with your face scrunched up?
These habits can cause chronic stress and muscle fatigue and pain in the wrists, shoulders, face… worsening your mood.
When practicing Yoga, you will pay more attention to the parts of your body and help you promptly adjust it to relieve stress on them.
20. Help you have a deep sleep
Stimulation is great, but too much stimulation can damage the nervous system.
Practicing yoga will help you overcome the consequences of modern life, it provides a respite for the nervous system and the side effect is to help you sleep better and sleep more deeply. And we all know that deep sleep has a lot of benefits for our health.
21. Strengthens the Immune System
Practicing yoga can improve the body’s immune function and is scientifically recognized.
It appears to have a very positive effect on the immune system, boosting it when needed (eg, increasing antibody levels during vaccination) or lowering it when needed (eg decreasing immune function that is not appropriate). associated with certain diseases such as psoriasis).
22. Make your lungs stronger
Yoga practitioners tend to breathe less than the average person.
In Yoga there is a technique called “full breathing” for people with lung problems due to congestive heart failure.
After 1 month of exercise, the average respiratory rate decreased from 13.4 breaths/min to 7.6. The oxygen saturation in the blood is increased, so is the maximum breath volume and efficiency of the breath.
23. Prevents Digestive Problems
Digestive problems such as irritable bowel syndrome, constipation… are closely related to the stress of the body. Practicing yoga helps reduce stress which in turn also improves your intestinal problems.
24. Makes you feel peaceful
Yoga repels everything life throws at you such as stress, frustration, regret, anger, fear…and causes a multitude of related stresses.
Practicing yoga repels all of them and helps you lead a more peaceful life and live longer.
25. Know how to evaluate yourself better
Many of them have a very low self-esteem, if you can’t handle it, you can easily use too much drugs, eat too much or work too much, sleep anywhere. Which… underestimate health, physical and mental problems.
When you practice Yoga, you can re-evaluate yourself more accurately, you know the feeling of gratitude, empathy and forgiveness, as well as being part of something great.
26. Soothes the pain
Practicing yoga is very effective in soothing pain, helping to relieve pain in the back, joints, carpal tunnel syndrome and many other chronic diseases.
As the pain subsides, your mood improves and you tend to be more active and don’t need to take as many medications.
27. Change from within
Yoga can change your life and that fact is probably its biggest effect.
You can see that when you practice Yoga, you will tend to think more positively, eat healthier, no longer want to drink alcohol, quit smoking… a pretty interesting life, isn’t it?
28. Connect with an instructor
A good yoga teacher will be able to help you have a better health. They help you do more than just good postures, they help you judge, they give you facts, they help you relax.
A good relationship with an instructor can lead to better health.
29. Helps Avoid Drugs
If you often have to take medications, you should register to practice Yoga early.
Studies in people with high blood pressure, asthma, diabetes … can help them become less dependent on medications, you will reduce the cost of coal drugs, side effects and risks. more responsive to the drug.
30. Building awareness must change
Yoga helps us to build awareness, the clearer the awareness, the easier it is to get rid of self-destructive emotions like anger.
Studies show that anger is linked to heart problems, diabetes, and cholesterol.
Practicing yoga helps you reduce anger by increasing compassion and connection. Helps you calmly face the bad news in life easier.
You can still react quickly when you need to, but you will have the composure to choose a thorough response rather than an outburst of inappropriate actions.
31. Improve relationships
Love can’t conquer everything, but it can help you through the pain. Practicing yoga helps to develop more friendliness and equanimity, which in turn makes your relationships better.
32. Use sound to relieve the discomforts of sinusitis
The basics of Yoga are aimed at improving your health. Thanks to its tendency to lengthen the breath, which shifts the balance towards the sympathetic nervous system, but there’s more to this “yoga healing box”.
Consider chanting, when you chant with a group, you have a particularly powerful emotional and physical experience. Which research shows, it helps improve sinus problems and helps the sinus area drier.
33. Better body through imagination
If you associate an image in your mind, like when you do Yoga nidra or other exercises, you can change your body.
Some studies show it can help relieve pain after surgery, reduce headaches, and improve life for people with cancer or HIV.
34. Preventing allergies and viruses from entering
Kriyas or cleansing methods in Yoga. These include rapid breathing exercises to clear the inside of the intestines.
Hay Jala Neti is another purification exercise by cleaning the nasal cavity with salt water to remove pollen, viruses and mucus in the nose to stabilize, dry the nasal sinuses.
35. Be nicer to people
Karma Yoga is part of the philosophy of Yoga. And while you’re not inclined to be nice to everyone, do it for your own health.
A study has found that older people who have the habit of being kind to people, helping others 3 times a week can live up to 7 years longer than other people.
Being kind to people can give you a lot of meaning in life, and when you have a similar problem with them, you’ll know how to handle it more easily.
36. More self-care sense
When it comes to drugs, most of us are passive. But with Yoga, you can take the initiative to do everything, Yoga gives you the tools to help you change. You can see better health from the very first workout and the more you practice, the stronger it gets.
And here’s the thing for you: You’ll be able to take care of yourself, you’ll realize that exercise brings change, and that change gives you hope. And that hope is to be healthy.
37. Connective Tissue Support
When you dig into Yoga, you’ll see that everything is interrelated. You change your posture, your breath changes. Your breathing changes, your nervous system changes.
This is the great thing about Yoga, everything is connected – hip to ankle, from you to the community, from the cave to the world. This connection is crucial to understanding Yoga.
38. A drug with no side effects
As long as you believe that you will be better, it will make you better. Unfortunately, many scientists believe that effects that only give sensations do not count as effective.
But most patients what they need is to feel better, so why do yoga make you feel better, create conditions for more effective healing, we don’t do it, right? .
Yoga is a medicine that does no harm, and offers more psychological and health benefits than any other physiological effect.
39. Yoga makes you taller
Most of the world’s population today is glued to a phone screen for hours every day, which causes the neck to arch and puts pressure on the chest and lungs, and the heart underneath.
Practicing yoga will help you reposition your neck so that it is more straight, reduce pressure on the organs below and help you stand taller and have a better posture.
40. Yoga helps you win every battle in life
People often say “life is suffering” because it brings you many difficulties and storms in life.
Practicing yoga helps you to stay calm to deal with all the difficulties that life brings you. Help you overcome this “suffering pool” more easily.
41. Enhance sexual ability
Regular yoga practice will make the body flexible, the joints are expanded, the mind is clear, especially the sex life is improved thanks to the enhanced physical strength, the spirit is comfortable. Always in a state of cheerfulness, worth living.
Through this article, it will help you have a better overview of Yoga