Thursday, September 18, 2008

Benefits of Yoga and Meditation

Stress happens; it’s a fact of life. Even the simplest of everyday problems and pressures can build up until we feel like we’re about to explode. But too much stress is detrimental to our wellbeing, and over time will begin to produce many undesirable symptoms: headaches, high blood pressure, and a weakened immune system, just to name a few. In these days of Blackberries, meetings, and multitasking, it’s important to learn how to effectively manage and reduce your stress. And that’s where relaxation techniques such as yoga – and the meditation and deep breathing that go along with it – come in.

Yoga is beneficial in so many ways, and has been used for thousands of years as a means of keeping the body (and mind!) strong, sound, and healthy. Its various positions enhance flexibility for less stiffness and greater ease of movement. It massages and stimulates the organs, bringing increased blood flow and bolstering the detoxification process. It tones the muscles, strengthening the body and helping to keep weight in check (and in turn, improving weight-related issues). Its meditative qualities help quiet the mind, clearing away negative energies. Coupled with deep breathing (pranayama – the science of breath control), which carries vital oxygen to the brain and bloodstream and helps to eliminate toxins, it has a profound effect on health and wellness.

Even if you’re a beginner, you can benefit from the most basic of positions. Through yoga, you can learn to better handle tension, improve your health, and achieve unity in mind, body, and spirit. Namaste!


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