What comes to your mind when you think of Yoga? Stretching, isn't it? Half of you must have run away from the yoga, with the thought that your body is unfit, too old or maybe too inflexible to perform Yoga. However, you will be surprised to know that age plays little or no role in improving flexibility. You can enhance the flexibility of your body at any time. The asanas or yoga poses safely stretch the muscles, thereby releasing the lactic acid that builds up with use. This results in the release of stiffness, tension, pain, and fatigue from the muscles.
Benefits Of Yoga
Yoga and flexibility go hand in hand. It increases the range of motion
in joints and also the lubrication in the joints. The result is enhanced
fluidity throughout your body and a sense of ease and comfort. Apart
from stretching the muscles, it also stretches the ligaments, tendons
and the fascia sheath that surrounds the muscles. The best part of yoga
is that it acts on those joints as well, that were never really moved,
leave alone exercising. It helps get rid of muscle soreness and promotes
faster recovery. Instead of feeling weary or tired out after performing
yogic asanas, a person feels much relaxed and enthusiastic.
Constant practice of Yoga will result in enhanced flexibility. A body
part, which was rigid at the beginning of learning Yoga, would
experience a remarkable flexibility in all parts, with regular practice.
If done in a correct form, Yogic stretching helps develop the entire
body. With stretching, the body develops a sense of harmony and balance.
Also, with increased flexibility many tensions and conflicts are erased
on their own. The more flexible a body, the better it is for that
individual as it saves the body from unnecessary torture and pain.
The pain and stress we feel while stretching are nothing, but blocked,
jammed, misplaced and misused energy. Increased flexibility opens these
energy blockages and releases the energy circulation. Know for sure that
neglect is the root cause of all pains. Problems of toothaches,
backaches and headaches are all symptoms of such neglect or abuse. These
need to dealt with rather than ignored.
Remember, the healthier you are, the less concerned you will be with
your body, the liberated will be your mind to rediscover itself. At
first, yoga makes you more sensitive and more conscious of your body;
otherwise, due to neglect, misuse and abuse. However, once you take the
first step, of caring for the body, your awareness as a whole also
increases. Our body is just like an instrument, which keeps us worried,
when not running properly. Yoga has that power to set right, every wrong
which confronts our body. Thus, Yoga helps in making the body more
flexible and athletic.