With all the studies showing just how beneficial yoga is for mind and body the question probably shouldn't be Why Yoga, instead we should ask why not yoga?
Yoga has been around for over 5000 years with its origins reaching all the way back to India. Yoga is designed to help one achieve a more positive outlook on life while bringing one peace and tranquility. And with it being around for as long as it has, is surely proof enough that it works and that there is a style for everyone to keep us sane by calming the mind and keeping us focused. Here we will touch on some of the many benefits hoping that you will decide to give yoga a try if you have not done so already and see why yoga works for so many.
The Main Structures of Yoga
The word Yoga means "to join or yoke together," as it brings the body and mind together into one harmonious experience.
The whole system of Yoga is built on three main structures: exercise, breathing, and meditation.
The exercises of Yoga are designed to put pressure on the glandular systems of the body, thereby increasing its efficiency and total health. The body is looked upon as the primary instrument that enables us to work and evolve in the world, and so a Yoga student treats it with great care and respect.
Breathing techniques are based on the concept that breath is the source of life in the body. The Yoga student gently increases breath control to improve the health and function of both body and mind.
These two systems of exercise and breathing then prepare the body and mind for meditation, and the student finds an easy approach to a quiet mind that allows silence and healing from everyday stress.
Regular daily practice of all three parts of this structure of Yoga produce a clear, bright mind and a strong, capable body. via General Yoga Information
The benefits to men are many.
Some of which are :
- A Decrease in muscle soreness
- Improved flexibility
- And a Boost in energy levels
Men & Yoga
Despite the fact that sports stars like Kobe Bryant have reported that they have added yoga to their training sessions in recent years, many guys still have a tendency to think of yoga as a "sissy" kind of workout or complain that their muscles are not flexible enough to handle it.
Because of this, the number of men (in America at least) who practice yoga on a regular basis is fairly low: in a study by the Yoga Journal, it was found that around 20.4 million Americans practice yoga, but that only around 18% of them are male.
Yoga Benefits The Brain
To help with brain flexibility and strength, yoga constantly pushes the mind, body, and soul to be more open-minded and learn more. Yoga can help change the way the brain "thinks" by, over time, creating and strengthening new neurons and neural pathways to help get out of ruts and antiquated ways of thinking.
Creating new ways of thinking through yoga has been shown to decrease depression and anxiety symptoms. via This is How Yoga Benefits Your Brain
"With more than 100 styles to choose from, trying to decide which style is right for you can be difficult. Some classes are extreme, while others are slow and relaxing, gently moving from one pose to the next. Many Yoga studios allow you to join and take a selection of classes before deciding on one. Which can prove to be not only a lot of fun, but very helpful. Take a workout buddy with you and enjoy trying something new together."
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