BENEFITS OF YOGA IN TODAY’S BUSY LIFESTYLE | Urusha Karki : “YOGA” or “YOG” is a Sanskrit word whose literal meaning is that ‘to unite’, ‘to combine’ or ‘to have a connection (contact)’ with the supreme or divine power. Yoga is considered as one of the six Darshans of Hindu philosophy. The word Yoga had been in use from the ancient time in the Vedas, the Upanishads, the Geeta, the Purands and other holy books of the Hindus and it is seen that later on it was spread to Buddhism, Jainism, Sikhism and in other religions also. According to Maharishi Patanjali, “Yoga essentially consists of meditative practices culminating in attaining a state of consciousness free from all modes of active or discursive thought, and of eventually attaining a state where consciousness is unaware of any object external to itself, that is, is only aware of its own nature as consciousness unmixed with any other object.”
The eight-limbed concept of Maharishi Patanjali mentions the following as the Sutras of Yoga: Yama(abstentions),Niyama(observancesorrules),Asana(position),Pranayama(controlling breath),Pratyahara(abstraction),Dharana(concentration),Dhyana(meditation)and Samadhi(liberation). Yoga can be mainly classified into four types and they are:-Mantra Yoga, Laya Yoga, Hatha Yoga and Raj Yoga. Broadly we can say that “Yoga” is the practice of meditation and self-control intended to produce mystical experience and the union of the individual soul with the universal spirit by controlling breathing and holding body positions by which one can get the physical, mental and spiritual benefits. Thus yoga has a lot of benefits in our busy lifestyle.
Human beings are social in nature. They are the most intelligent and advanced beings in this world. A human lives in a society and always loves peace and wants to live a comfortable and healthy life. But nowadays everyone is living a busy life. So they face a lot of obstacles, hindrances and tensions in day to day life. Especially, the adults are facing such problems. People today want everything in a fast and convenient way by this they usually spend very less physical strength. While the children and old people who don’t engage in any job or work are living sedentary lifestyle by which they are gradually becoming the victims of different types of communicable and non-communicable diseases. So for all (the adults, the young and the old) the only one solution to these vast range of problems is Yoga. Yoga has multidimensional benefits for all the people coming from different background and walks of life. Yoga acts as an effective alternative medicine for person suffering from chronic diseases. Different researches done in developed countries like the U.S., Australia, Britain etc. have regarded Yoga to be much more beneficial in reducing high blood pressure thereby lowering cardiovascular risks, treating of back pain, reducing of respiratory problems and in improving of mental problems. Other benefits includes of improvement in flexibility, building of muscular strength, perfection of our postures, prevents cartilage and joint breakdown, protects our spinal cord, increases blood flow, boosts immunity, makes us happier, founds a healthy lifestyle, lowers blood sugar, helps
Health is a very important asset in one’s life. So, it is said that if health is lost then everything is lost. Usually a healthy man’s lifestyle or daily activities must have the proper balance between food, rest, sleep, meditation, sanitation, etc and Yoga is that special and integral part of a healthy man’s lifestyle that helps us to check and balance all the above factors. Yoga helps to digest the food we eat and it also encourages in fasting and to focus on balanced diet. If we do Yoga in a regular basis then we will get a complete and undisturbed sleep by which we can get enough rest. There is a tradition that we should bath before doing Yoga this way Yoga helps us to maintain sanitation
Everyone in this world does some work or activity, no matter what work they do their final aim is to get happiness and self-satisfaction. But nowadays not only social crimes but also a lot of conflicts and civil wars are occurring in the world. These factors have directly hampered the peaceful environment. Peace is the major need of the present globe, without peace other development activities can’t occur. In this kind of situation Yoga can play an essential role in spreading the feeling of fraternity in the world there by regaining peace in our day to day life.
So, Yoga plays a vital role in improving our daily lifestyle and prolonging our life. And the number of people practicing Yoga is also increasing rapidly. This is because Yoga is much easier to do then other exercises, furthermore it has all-round benefits, it doesn’t need any equipment or devices to perform and only involves in movement of body parts and meditation. At last realizing the importance of Yoga we must try to practice it daily.
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