TSavasana - The Corpse - Yoga Posturehe Effects of Yoga on the Physical Body by Sue Fuller

Yoga brings so many benefits.  So long as you follow a well-balanced and well-structured yoga class the benefits are immense and just keep coming. 

These benefits extend themselves in many directions physically, emotionally and spiritually. This is why yoga is such a perfect activity, whatever goal or objective you have yoga can help you achieve it.

The Benefits of Yoga Postures or Asanas

Yoga postures or asanas have many physical benefits such as lengthening, strengthening and toning all of the major muscle groups of the body, improving posture, alleviating minor aches and pains and they can also reduce muscular stress and tension and help you get the perfect night sleep.

Due to the folding, stretching, compressing and rotating that the torso experiences Yoga asanas have a very positive impact on the internal systems of the body and all major organs are massaged, toned and stimulated.

The muscular contractions of the body increase circulation and aid lymphatic drainage, which will help to remove toxins from the body.

The Benefits of Pranayamas 

During yoga it is important to establish a slow steady flow of breath, although prana extends way beyond breathing exercises in yoga, the breathing exercises and techniques are known as Pranayamas.

Pranayama is a Sanskrit word which means "control of vital life force". The Prana is our vital life force and by increasing the amount of prana within the body and encouraging it to flow freely many forms f healing can take place.

Pranayamas also increase oxygen levels, improve lung capacity, focus and calm the mind and help remove toxins and clear the respiratory tract.

When yoga asanas are combined with pranayamas the benefits are even greater, yoga asanas can be used to direct prana to different areas of the body, which will allow this vital life force to build up and generate a little internal heat.  As the posture and breath are released stagnant energy can be released, toxins removed and energy can then travel freely around the body. Some of these practices can help to balance the body's energy centres known as chakras.

The Benefits of Yoga Relaxation or Savasana

Yoga also teaches relaxation techniques (Savasana), which help to clear and focus the mind and remove mental clutter, it also provides a time for the body to recover. These techniques are powerful tools that can be drawn upon in times of need to help eliminate stress and provide stability during times of change in our lives.

The Combined Benefits of Yoga

All of the benefits combined will raise energy levels, clear the mind and generally promote good health. When the body is healthy and the mind is clear and focussed yoga practitioners begin to feel energised and really good. 

It is also very common for yoga practitioners to make different lifestyle changes. A change in diet is common, this happens very naturally as the body becomes more tuned and balanced. Any cravings for caffeine, alcohol, sugar and high calorie snacks begin to reduce.

It is because of these changes that yoga is the perfect tool for anyone trying to combat any form of addiction such as giving up cigarettes or alcohol. It also helps practitioners opt for a healthier diet to assist with weight loss should this be a chosen goal. As the benefits of yoga continue to reveal themselves, practitioners will become calmer, more focussed and more confident in general.

Yoga helps to harmonise body and mind bringing a sense of unity and balance.

Once the body and mind are healthy and harmonising then yoga could bring different spiritual benefits. Many practitioners find that this path naturally reveals itself. 

It is because of all of these benefits that yoga is so popular and it is now used by people from all walks of life who want to look and feel better.

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Sue Fuller is a leading yoga teacher and writer. She is the creator of the Yoga 2 Hear range of audio yoga classes.  Yoga 2 Hear has a range of over 60 different classes suitable for all levels and abilities.