We all practice Yoga-Asana and Pranayama. Some have learned from trained Yoga Guru, others from an untrained trainer and most have seen on TV and started practicing. We all know however that learning from a trained Yoga Guru has its own advantage.
Be that as it may, today my focus is to explain HOW Yoga-Abhyas actually help us. Yoga-Abhyas has an effect on the whole personality of the practitioner. These practice impacts psycho-somatic structure (mind & Body) of the person.
Effects of Yoga-abhyas is classified into three categories.
- Local Effects: A specific practice has a predominant impact on the specific part of the body.
- Associated Effects: Along with the predominant effects, there is an impact on some associated parts too.
- Central Effects: Due to the regular Yoga practice there is a positive impact on the mind the practitioner. This positivity impacts the behaviour and brings positive change in the person. This is called the central effects.
The local benefits of Vajrasana are better blood circulation in the lower abdominal area and removal of spinal column defects. But Vajrasana also impacts knee and ankle joints and these parts are also benefited by doing Vajrasana. This is called associated effect. & practitioners’ feeling of positivity by doing Yoga practice is the central effect benefit.
Now let’s understand how these practices impact our body system.
Nerves are stimulated which helps in better harmony between mind and the body. Various endocrine glands function better with the improved health of the nervous system.
All the endocrine glands function better with these practices. These glands include Thyroid, parathyroid, adrenal, pituitary, thymus, pineal, pancreas.
Discipline the respiration and increase lung capacity.
Improves gastric fire, improves digestion and health of the digestive organs.
Improves the functioning of the excretory system and body cleansing proves is enhanced.
Blood congestion is removed, and circulation is improved, arteries and veins become elastic.
Muscular fibers become strong and elastic, muscle tone is improved.
Blood circulation between the joints improves which makes them healthy, it also makes joints flexible and reduces the bone degeneration.
Practicing Yoga is beneficial for the overall health of mind and body. Yogic practices are the only practices which positively impact mind and body both. All other physical activities practiced for health only impact the body. This is why Yogic practices are vital for the overall health of an individual.
“In the practice of Yoga one can emphasize the body, the mind or the self and hence the effort can never be fruitless.” T. Krishnamacharya (Yoga scholar of 19thcentury)