Yoga Therapy Benefits:
Hatha yoga is prevenative medicine. A regular yoga practice has many benefits, and some of them are the ones you don’t see.
The benefits of hatha yoga include the injuries not suffered because your muscles are balanced, the blood pressure that didn’t rise because you are managing stress, and the emotional arguments that didn’t occur with family members, friends,
and co-workers because you have cultivated a sense of inner calm.
Any discipline of hatha yoga will, to varying extents, strengthen the muscles, reduce stress, and focus the mind and emotions.
In addition, certain hatha yoga postures are associated with specific health benefits. For example, forward bends are thought to improve digestion, as well as stretch the spine and hamstrings, and inversions such as headstands and shoulder stands promote circulation as well as build shoulder strength and core body strength.
Helps with relaxation:
You may wonder why “relaxation” is identified as a specific part of yoga. Don't we all know how to relax already? In yoga, relaxation is the way you clear your mind of everyday thoughts and distractions. Before you begin, it readies you for the practice. When you relax between series of postures, it allows you to pause and re-energize before the next series. At the end of your session, yoga helps you to prepare for returning to everyday life. I've found that the “relaxation” during my yoga practice often carries into my other daily activities. I'm more calm and self-assured; little difficulties and distractions don't bother me.
What athletes love about their sport, whether it’s running, cycling, or swimming, is the rhythmic and repetitive motions that their bodies thrive on for the physical results and their minds gravitate towards for the meditative effects.
But when the same kinds of motions hit the body over and over again, it can take its toll on muscles, joints, bones and ligaments, leaving them misaligned. In addition, certain sports may favor one side of the body over another, like golf, while others such as cycling create powerful legs but weak and tight hips. This over-utilization of certain muscles and under-utilization of others can over time create imbalances, which can lead to injury.
Yoga not only counters these developed asymmetries, but it also provides the athlete with a host of benefits that can improve their performance.
From the runner with inflexible hips to the basketball player with shin-splints, here are just a few of the benefits yoga can have for athletes:
- Stretching of tight and overworked muscles
- Strengthening of under-utilized or weak muscles
- Enhanced concentration and focus via yoga’s breath control
- Expanded range of motion
- Improved flexibility of tight muscles
- Enhanced performance and endurance
- Improved sense of body awareness
More Benefits of yoga:
Doing yoga cultivates a balance between the flexibility and strength of the muscles of the body, often the real culprit in back pain. Most people are tight in key areas affecting the spine, for example in the hips and shoulders. A system such as yoga, which releases the tension in the muscles, should improve back pain. While the emphasis is on stretching and flexibility, yoga also develops muscle strength.
therapeutic Yoga practice as an excellent adjunct (and a way, after you've recovered, of maintaining your knees in their new & healthy state). An intelligently applied sequence of Yoga asanas, performed under the guidance of a qualified instructor, can be a powerfully effective tool for rehabilitating injured knees: for building strength, flexibility & intelligence in this most delicate joint.
Neck and Shoulder Pain:
There are a number of neck shoulder pain exercises that can not only provide relief from shoulder pain, but also make your neck and shoulder muscles stronger. One of the best forms of exercise that you can perform for shoulder pain is yoga
Yoga has proved to be one of the most effective therapies for physically debilitating diseases like arthritis. Yoga can help reduce the symptoms and slow down the degeneration process. These poses will help you regain your alignment and balance the body while strengthening the muscles and structures around the joints. These poses will also help increase the lubrication of the joints.
Anxiety and Memory Problems:
A person’s social, spiritual, physical, and emotional aspects of life can be brought together to strike a harmonious balance with the regular practice of yoga. In today’s fast paced world, the mental state of well being is severely compromised. The practice of yoga can however help establish a strong sense of purpose, positivity in relationships, self acceptance, and a positive self image. All these factors are influenced by our environment as well.