People today have a greater knowledge of the many positive ways physical fitness can impact their health. Most people try to exercise their bodies with programmes that appeal to them, but there are also a lot of fad programmes that seem to disappear almost as quickly as they appeared to become part of mainstream fitness. Many regimens are tough to adhere to which is why so many people end up exercising very little or not at all. It is, however, possible to strengthen your body without going to a gym, straining your body, or publicly sweating out your entire water supply.
Yogic Postures (sanskrit : Aasana) are very significant in yogic sciences. These denote a specific position which can be held in a relaxed and comfortable manner for a long period of time. Yogic Postures have a far-reaching effect upon body and mind. These effects are attained through practice.
Yogic Postures are beneficial for the muscles, joints, cardiovascular system, nervous system and lymphatic system, as well as the mind, psyche and Chakras (energy centres). They are psychosomatic exercises, which strengthen and balance the entire nervous system and harmonise and stabilise the practitioner’s state of mind. The effects of these exercises are a sense of contentment, clarity of mind, relaxation and a feeling of inner freedom and peace.
The breath plays an important role in the Yogic Postures. With coordination of breath and movement, the Yoga practice becomes harmonious, the breath deepens of its own accord and the body’s circulation and metabolism are stimulated. Use of the breath greatly enhances muscle relaxation by concentrating on tense areas of the body and consciously relaxing those parts with each exhalation.
The objective of the Yogic Postures is not the conversion of bottled-up energy or tension into movement, rather it is to harmonise the body and mind by consciously observing the physical and mental process as each movement or relaxation is practiced. The body does not become tired or exhausted through the Yogic Postures. On the contrary, with energy recharged, one feels rested and refreshed.
Health Benefits of Yogic Postures :
1. Flexibility of the spine is increased
2. The joints become more mobile
3. The muscles are relaxed, toned and receive a plentiful supply of blood
4. Organ and glandular activity is stimulated and regulated
5. The lymphatic system and metabolism are stimulated
6. The immune system is strengthened
7. Circulation and blood pressure are normalised and stabilised
8. The nervous system is calmed and strengthened
9. The skin becomes clear and fresh
Practising Yogic Postures for few minutes daily, can greatly enhance your physical, mental and emotional health.