Meditation – The Mental Benefits of Yoga
Posted by Administrator on 6/10/2011
Meditation – The
Mental Benefits of Yoga
Yoga is not just a form of exercise.
It is also a state of mind. This
is what Patanjali, the man widely known as the founder of this philosophy, had
envisioned for the discipline. It was
meant to be a path to God and enlightenment through the unification of the
mental, physical, and spiritual states of being. That is why there are many meditation poses
and breathing exercises, to help practitioners reach the highest level of mental
awareness, which is the act of self-realization. To achieve this, you must not be distracted
by other things that are in your surroundings, which is why these techniques
Because in Yoga you learn to focus on one purpose, one goal, one of the
benefits it offers is increased concentration.
The more you practice the different poses and postures, the more your
concentration will improve. It is not
only the traditional meditation pose associated with the discipline, in which
your legs are crossed Indian style with your arms across your legs and your
eyes closed, that helps to improve your focus.
In most poses, you are instructed to focus in on the muscles that you
are utilizing to form that pose.
Therefore, your mind should be active if you are doing the exercises
properly, which will stimulate different areas of the brain and improve the
functions associated with those areas.
Another mental benefit it offers is patience. Maintaining the different postures and
positions requires a fair amount of patience because you have to hold them for
a certain length of time. This is especially true for meditation poses, which
require you to sit still, stable and upright, for a long time. It can also be difficult at first to get your
body into some of these positions because your body is not flexible enough when
you first begin, which can be frustrating.
To be able to form these yoga positions better, you have to practice
them often. Therefore, you will need
patience to overcome your frustrations in order to be better at it.
Another way that people can benefit from Yoga is relaxation. Performing different poses, especially meditation
poses, has a calming effect on the mind, which will in turn help you become
less stressful. Therefore, many people,
after coming home from a long and hard day's work, use these techniques to help
them calm down. Many people also do
different poses and positions before going to work in order to make them more
productive during the day since doing them helps stimulate the mind.
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