“Yoga is a way of life, it is an art, a science, a philosophy”- B.K.S. Iyenger
The word ‘yoga’ is derived from the Sanskrit word “yuj” which means “to unite or integrate”. It is a 5000-plus-year-old ancient Indian science that brings harmony in life. Though it is an ancient science, it seems to get more popular as time passes.
According to the 2007 National Health Survey, which included a comprehensive survey on the use of complementary health approach, yoga is the 6th most commonly used health practice among adults. According to this study, more than 13 million adults and more than 1.5 million children practiced yoga in the previous year. People who practiced yoga experienced reduced mental stress, improved physical fitness and enhanced quality of life.
We have all heard of the common benefits of practicing yoga such as better breathing, increased flexibility, improved posture and better ability to cope with mental and physical stress. Apart from these usual benefits yoga offers, there are some lesser known and unusual benefits, and you can recognize it only when you get involved in practicing this great art of living life.
What are these unusual benefits? How can yoga help in other areas of life? Read on to know more.
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“Yoga is not about the touching your toes, it is what you learn on the way”- Jigar Gor
Practicing regular yoga definitely requires a lot of dedication, patience, sincerity and most importantly, a desire to learn a new way of living a life. But once you get involved in the daily routine 5 to 6 times a week for 30 minutes to an hour, the effects could transcend into other areas of life. You would be able to perform your routine tasks more efficiently with a whole new level of awareness in to your life. You will have a new and positive outlook in every aspect of life through the practice of yoga as a discipline.
“Yoga is the golden key that unlock the door to peace, tranquillity and joy”- B.K.S. Iyenger
We lived in an incredibly busy world. Our pace of life is often frantic. We always have multiple responsibilities and we seem to always be busy in doing something. Most of the time, our mind stays in past memories or goes far into the future to worry about it.
If we want to live a healthy, happy and successful life, it is a must to learn to press the pause switch and be present in the moment. Being mindful of what you’re doing is the simplest thing we can do to feel calm and relaxed. It can bring a miraculous change in your life. Yoga helps you be present in the moment, which is not commonly discussed as a benefit in practicing yoga. With the help of yoga, you will develop a deeper appreciation of every moment. It can allow you to let go of the worries of the future. It will rewire or reshape our brain and improve the quality of our life experience.
“Yoga is the journey of the self, through the self, to the self.”- Bhagwada Gita
Usually, we all try to do things for everyone else without taking care of ourselves. Every morning, we launch into the day without plugging into ourselves first. And most of us often complain that we do not get enough time for ourselves. Continually doing this creates exhaustion, stress and irritation. Setting a routine for self-love and self-care helps you to come out from this mental and physical state. And yoga helps you a lot in doing the same. It is a way to stay connected with yourself especially when it feels impossible.
Yoga is much more than just aasans, kriyas and poses. It is a beautiful journey that teaches you to be self-compassionate. It helps you to learn how to love yourself. Loving yourself is not self-obsession, it is a great way to help you slow down and spend some quality time with yourself. When you open your body, focus on breath, sit quietly for a moment you automatically fall in love with yourself.
“The body is your temple. Keep it pure and clean for the soul to reside in”- B.K.S. Iyenger
Our body needs detoxification and cleansing from time to time. We all love to start a new day with a clean slate. It always feels great to have a fresh, positive and healthy outlook in our day to day life. And detoxification or cleansing helps in achieving this goal by eliminate toxins from the body. But detox does not always mean fasting or a restrictive diet with juice and herbs. It can be done with the help of yoga. The right yoga routine helps to detoxify not only your body, but the mind as well. Each new breath is a new moment.
Yoga especially pranayama helps in increased flow of oxygenated blood to our body and also helps in cleanse the blood.
Become a Better Person
“Whatever you do in life, yoga shows you how to do it better”- Gurumukh Kaur khalsa
Last but not the least unusual benefit of yoga, it will help you to become a better person. Yoga will change your perspective of life and helps you a lot in developing some great qualities, such as:
- You will learn to listen your body
- You will have better listening skills
- You will have more patience and better tools to deal with difficult situations
- You will have clarity in relationships
- You will stop complaining and have a positive outlook in your life
- Improved concentration and better mental health
So these are some unusual benefits of yoga. Did you have observe any other benefits while practicing yoga? Please share these in the comments section below.