Most of us suffer from problems of asymmetry and imbalance. The irregularity and imbalance create a lot of stress and strain in our body. At times, it also leads to injury, pain, or just simple discomfort. If you are also one amongst the sufferers, do not worry. Just turn to Yoga. Yoga creates symmetry throughout your body, making you stronger, flexible and balanced. It also draws a balance between the mental urge to push, control and be assertive, with the impulse to yield, submit and be passive. Practicing the various asans, concentrating and meditation improves the overall being of an individual.
Benefits Of Yoga
Improvement in balance is one of the major benefits of Yoga. Improved
balance is referred not only to the sharp physical coordination, but
also to the balance between the left and right, front and back and high
and low aspects of one's body. As far as balance of the body is
concerned, hardly few of us have proper balance. We may be stronger on
one side, but definitely fall short of strength when it comes to the
other side. The same is also seen, while turning or twisting the head.
Whilst we can easily twist or turn on one side, the other is always a
problem. Also, though most of can bend forward with ease, bending
backwards is a big problem.
Yoga helps us attain hormonal balance, by producing a nice positive
charge. This is important from the female point of view, especially for
pre-menopausal and menopausal women, who want to find ways to balance
their hormones naturally. To attain good balance, you need not be
physically strong, but also have the mental agility to focus on your
posture. There are a number of asanas that aim at achieving balance in
the body. One of them is 'Tadasana' or mountain pose, which requires you
to stand straight with your legs slightly apart and eyes closed. It
would help you realize, which side of your body is more powerful and
where do you tend to concentrate your weight on.
After performing 'Tadasana', you can perform the one-legged stand. This
is generally done to achieve center balance. The longer the duration of
the pose, the better are the chances of improving balance. Another
effective asan is the 'Vrksasana' or tree pose. It strengthens the leg
and calf muscles, making it easier to balance the body. 'Matsyasana' or
fish pose asan is also beneficial for postural alignment. In this
particular asan, you lie down on your back forming an arching. This
helps in the curvature of your spine, making it more flexible and
longer. However, before performing any of the asan mentioned above, you
should learn the proper techniques from a trained instructor. Remember,
proper Yoga practice ensures not only physical balance, but also
emotional and spiritual balance.