Month: November 2015

The Benefits of Yoga as a Recreational Activity

Recreational activity can be in any form or intensity. From the simplest of things like listening to your favorite music to the more exhilarating kind like joining triathlons or parachuting. One excellent selection is Yoga. It involves organic movements of the body, and can either be done indoors or outdoors. It is the art of uniting the body, mind and breath. As a recreational activity, the benefits it provides in both body and mind are surprisingly many.

Let’s take a look at its top 10 benefits:

Inner peace. We oftentimes go to serene places like parks that are opulent in natural beauty to find peace. But with yoga, peace can be found right within us. We don’t have to travel anywhere to take a vacation. We can experience the same anytime of the day. It’s like experiencing a holiday a few minutes every day.  

Fitness. When you have the balance of physical, mental and emotional fitness, you are truly healthy. That is how yoga impacts you. It develops postures, breathing, and meditation as a holistic fitness platform.

Stress Reliever. The postures, breathing exercises and meditation techniques of Yoga are effective ways not only to free stress, but also in detoxifying the body and de-stressing the mind.

Weight loss. The universal goal! And yoga can help you achieve it. “Sun Salutations” and “Kapal Bhati Pranayama” (a method of internal purification in Hatha Yoga otherwise called the Skull Shining Breathing Exercise) are some ways to help you lose those unwanted pounds. And by engaging with yoga regularly, you will find that you will become more sensitive to the kind of food our body needs and the proper time to have them.

Improved immunity. Our whole being is a unified merger of the body, mind and spirit. If our body is suffering from ailments it affects our mind and disposition. Likewise, if we are experiencing restlessness in the mind, it can manifest as an infirmity in the body. The poses in yoga strengthen our muscles and massage our organs, and the breathing techniques and meditation we engage into releases stress and thus, improves our immunity.

Greater awareness. Yoga creates the awareness to help ground the mind into the present as it tends to constantly swing from the past to the future, rarely staying in the present. If we are aware and recognizes this tendency of the mind, we can save ourselves from getting stressed and instead learn to relax the mind and nudge it to the present moment, where it can stay focused and happy.

Helps create better relationships.  A mind that is happy, contented and relaxed can handle complex relationship concerns better.  Yoga work on keeping your mind just that.

Thus, improving your relationship with your friends and love-ones. When your mind is peaceful and happy, your bond with the people close to you strengthens.

Increases your energy. You can be completely exhausted and drained at the end of a very busy day. But a few minutes of yoga can refresh and energize you ready for the night ahead.

Better flexibility & posture. If you include yoga in your daily routine, you will benefit a strong, supple and flexible body. The improved body posture that will come about by regularly practicing yoga will give you an added boost of confidence.

Better intuition. Yoga has the power to improve your intuitive ability.  Because you clear your mind of stress you effortlessly come to solutions: what needs to be done, when and how, to yield positive results.

Keep in mind that yoga is a continuous process. So keep going! The deeper you move into your regimen, the more profound are the benefits.