Why Yoga Is So Much More Than Just Stretching
Yoga – the union of the soul with your body. We often confuse yoga with stretching and asana. We often neglect the fact that it is a vast topic to learn in a day or two. It not only strengthens us physically but also helps in keeping our minds calm and sharp.
Even if you’re not adding any kind of spiritual or religious components to your practices, it is still more than just stretching. Asanas, Pranayama, and meditation are the three major components of yoga. Asanas may incorporate exercises and stretch, pranayama includes yogic breathing and meditation is more related to focusing the mind and keeping it calm. Yoga integrates strength, balance, breath, alignment and focus to help us in becoming more powerful and aware. Let’s try to analyze this broad topic starting with a few branches of this ancient science.
Branches of yoga
• Raja yoga: Meditation is a crucial branch of yoga. This approach involves strict adherence of eight limbs of yoga. Raja yoga is for people who are thoughtful and attracted to meditation. People who are devoted to religion and spiritual learning often like to practice this branch of yoga.
• Karma yoga: Karma yoga is an act of selflessness. The core principle of karma yoga is, what we experience today is the reflection of our actions in the past. We practice karma yoga when we serve others or help others in a self-less manner.
• Bhakti yoga: It describes the path of devotion. It is a positive way to channel your emotions. Bhakti yogis express positive deed in every word, and they think every living or non-living this is created by divine energy.
• Jnana yoga: Jnana yoga is the path of self-realization and wisdom. You need to study scriptures and texts of yogi’s traditions to develop intellectually. It is considered as the most direct but difficult path of truth. You learn practical and excremental knowledge other than a theoretical one.
“Yoga is a practice of transforming and benefitting every aspect of life, not just the 60 minutes spent on a rubber mat; if we can learn to be kind, truthful and use our energy in a worthwhile way, we will not only benefit ourselves with our practice, but everything and everyone around us too.”
– Emma Newlyn
As we learn, yoga is a lot more than just 60 minutes on the mat. It is a completely life-transforming experience. You may also get enormous benefits from yoga. Although yoga is completely safe, yet you may consult a physician before adopting it in regular practice. Ayurveda is also the part of yoga, you may go for an Ayurvedic retreat in Nepal for holistic development. Here are some of the benefits of yoga:
• Complete fitness: Yoga helps us physically through asana, our lungs and minds through pranayama, and relief us mentally and physically through meditation techniques – it is a complete workout in itself. You may go for a Fitness retreat in Nepal for detoxifying yourself from daily stress.
• Stress relief: Our daily lifestyle and office routine give us enough reasons to be stressed and anxious. Yoga helps us to be calm and relaxed and get rid of stress, which may cause depression in the future.
• Inner peace: Yoga is the best way to calm a disturbed mind because yoga is all about postures, subtlety, and poise. Daily practice of yoga and meditation helps in bringing peace to our body and mind.
• Better immunity: Our system is the blend of spirit, mind, and body. Any kind of irregularity may create unpleasantness in our body, which further manifests as a sickness in the body. Yoga poses massage and strengthens our organs to release stress and improve our immunity.
• Better relationship: Hard to believe but true fact is that yoga helps in improving the relationship with your spouse, loved ones, and parents. A relaxed and happy mind is more likely to deal positively with sensitive relationship matters.