The journey of life is an interesting endeavour from birth to death and maybe one which continues to the afterlife. In this spectacular journey, we come across with certain crazy events and experiences which we later regret or laugh at. One such experience is looking for glasses while they are right there on the nose tip. We search for the answers we already know but are unaware of. Same is the case with the heritages in our tradition. The tradition has many treasure troves which we choose to neglect. Yoga is such a treasure chest which is known to mankind from time immemorial. Here are 7 major reasons why you should start doing Yoga.
1. Physical Fitness
Yoga leads to physical fitness. This is a known fact to all and is the primary reason why many of us start practicing. The asanas help develop muscles and to improve flexibility. It is globally accepted that yoga is the best and safest way to lose weight. Yoga helps in getting rid of muscle cramps, fatigue, back pain, and various other physical problems that we come across in our daily life. Do you feel out of energy all the time? Do you feel like your body is not able to catch up with your mind? Then yoga is your solution. Along with physical fitness, yoga helps in effective control of breath. There is a belief that every human is allotted with a specific number of breaths in his or her lifetime. Hence it is important that we manage each breath effectively. Moreover, yoga doesn’t need any extra supplements or steroids for attaining physical fitness, which makes it the safest way to get in shape.
2. Stress Buster
The modern world knows Yoga as a physical practice for fitness and flexibility. Well, physical fitness is just one of the many additional benefits which yoga offers. Yoga is an amazing stress buster as it helps in relaxing the mind. As we have already discussed the physical benefits of yoga, it is understood that physical fitness will indeed improve mental fitness. Apart from this, yoga has been effective in anger and stress management. Prisons and Rehabilitation centers in various parts of the world have adopted yoga as a daily routine. It helps people to unwind and detox themselves from their past experiences that affect their mental fitness. When you are happy with mind and body, it will be clearly visible on your face. This is where yoga acts as an effective age controller. As you improve your physical and mental fitness, you will achieve a permanent state of happiness, making you forever young and beautiful by body and mind.
3. Control over mind
Our mind is a super computer. Human kind has proved this with wonderful inventions and amazing talents. Stress is a virus attack which affects our functionality and decision-making skills. When we are under stress, we obviously are not at our best and so are the decisions made. Yoga helps in relieving stress and also in getting you back in your driver seat. With yoga, you will know how to declutter the thoughts and your emotions. You will know how to manage time and to make easy, right and quick decisions. It will help you focus even on a noisy street. Mindfulness is a bonus you will attain through yoga.
Yoga is the pursuit of happiness. That’s right! You can attain a state of permanent happiness through yoga. There are times wherein we don’t laugh at a hilarious joke. We turn into emotionless, numb robots that are unable to find beauty or happiness in the world. When we cannot appreciate beauty, how can we see the beauty of life? Yoga gives you back the enthusiasm, energy and the curiosity you had when you were a child. You will see happiness and beauty in everything and everyone around you. You will be the source of positivity and bliss for the people around you. Yoga will surely fill your life with love, laughter and happily ever after.
5. Your own time zone
We are in a race in which it is nearly impossible to find time for ourselves. Practicing yoga will help you have your own time zone. You will have a dedicated place in your house for the daily practice and then the mat becomes your world. Yoga is the best way to explore yourself. It is a journey back to your true self. Spending some time with yourself will help you plan and enjoy life in a better way.
6. The Great Escape from the digital web
It is sad that people knock over hydrants and lamp poles just because they had their eyes on the phone. We wake up with the phone, eat with the laptop and sleep with the television. Instagram is our breakfast, Facebook is lunch, WhatsApp is dinner and Twitter is the occasional snack. It is truly amazing that technology has shrunk the world into electronic gadgets, but it gets us all trapped in the digital web. Yoga is a digital detox that all of us need. Getting into the daily practice of yoga helps us get back from the digital life into reality. Rather than waking up to a bright screen of unread messages and notifications, it is always best to welcome the day with the sun salutation.
7. Beneficial Profession
If yoga is your passion, then why not make it a lifestyle and a beneficial profession. You can deepen your practice and become an accomplished yoga teacher. All you would have to do is to complete a Yoga Teacher’s Training Programme in any registered yoga school. Yoga is now universally accepted and is in high demand. You may specialize in any of the yoga styles and start teaching. This way you can make sure that your self-practice continued and that you share what you learned.
Yoga is undoubtedly the most valuable thing in the treasure trove of tradition. Its benefits and capabilities are endless. Embracing the yoga way of life will teach you the most beautiful way of living and experiencing life. If you are a beginner, or just an enthusiast try starting with a retreat or a festival like IFYH will be a good choice. You can have your first lesson from the legends of yoga. You are never young or old for it. The saying is that “It’s never late for YOGA.”