People these days have become a lot more aware about incorporating yoga in the daily routine. Reason being, there are numerous physical, mental and spiritual benefits we gain from yoga.

Yoga is a spiritual and ascetic discipline, a part of which includes breath control, simple meditation, and the adoption of specific bodily postures, widely practiced for good health and relaxation. From relieving stress to boosting brain power and right upto realizing the real Self; the benefits of yoga are multifaceted. It involves every aspect of body, mind and spirit to bring about a healthier being.

Let us look at the physical health benefits of yoga...

1) Yoga leads to a healthy body.

2) oga teaches us to breathe ☺.

Yes, in today’s fast-paced life, we are so much so absorbed into the daily rut that we have forgotten to even breathe adequately; most of the times we are found taking very short and shallow breaths. This is one of the reasons for our ill-health.

The breathing exercises of yoga pranayaam ensure a good amount of oxygen supply to our body. It does naadi-shuddhi i.e. cleansing of the little channels throughout our body. It helps proper and better functioning of brain and makes one feel peaceful and blissful.

3) Yogasanas involve stretching of the body and holding the body weight in different particular positions for a few seconds. This provides overall flexibility and agility to all parts of the body and moreover strengthens the muscles which otherwise remain dormant, relaxes those parts which are normally stressed out or tight and increases body balance. Each asana has tons of benefits that does wonders to our health.

For instance, shirshasana (somewhat difficult for beginners) is a great posture that increases blood flow to head, brain, scalp and eyes helping us focus and meditate better and improving our mental function too. It strengthens the core muscles making us more durable and less prone to injury, it improves digestion, it stimulates the lymphatic system thereby removing the toxins from our body, it cleans the adrenal glands helping us to adapt to stress better. And when combined with slow breathing, this asana is extremely helpful in treating anxiety, stress, fear or otherwise worrisome thoughts. Likewise, there are hundreds of asanas, each offering enormous health benefits.

4) Asanas help strengthen back, neck, shoulders and thus improve our posture; cure joint problems, back problems, reduce chronic pain in body and provide long term prevention of any ailment too. Practicing breath control while doing asanas helps regulate the heart rate and blood pressure.

5) Like other exercises, yoga too enables body weight loss and maintenance.

6) Practicing pranayamas relaxes you completely, improves your lung capacity, cures lot of your diseases and thus keeps you healthy.

7) Yoga makes you look young and feel fresh and energetic throughout the day.

The mental health benefits of yoga are:

- Yoga makes our mind healthy too.

- Our mind is very closely connected with our breathing. As we still or regulate our breath through yogasanas and pranayamas, our mind too gets calm and composed.

- It helps relieve anxiety, nervousness and hopelessness and results in a steady mind, strong will power and sound judgement.

- By practicing yoga, concentration improves.

- A range of mental disorders are successfully treated with a regular practice of yoga.

- We become more mindful eaters as our mind is now in sync with our body requirements. We develop more awareness to hunger cues and the feeling of fullness. And as a result we eat only when we are hungry, not treating our-self as a dumpster anymore. A Yogi sees food as mere fuel to survive.

- It helps get a good night sleep.

- Yoga brings about a contented and satisfied mind. A Yogi is always contented with whatever he has.

The spiritual health benefits of yoga include:

- Yoga develops positive ethic qualities inside us.

- Yoga meditation helps us grow spiritually.

- Ahimsa, satya, asteya, brahmacharya, aparigraha are fundamental to any yoga practice.

- Yoga, when practiced with a goal in mind, helps us achieve that goal.

- Yoga enables a self-disciplined life which further aids in achieving our goal.

- Yoga helps cultivate mindfulness by focusing our awareness onto the sensations, thoughts and emotions that accompany a given pose in the present moment.

- Our mind, body and soul feel more in harmony, which gives us a sense of fulfillment.

- With good hold on emotions and development of inner strength, we are able to maintain equanimity in any situation.

- Chanting mantras, doing meditation and yoga-pranayam cleanses the negativity within us and purifies the spirit.

- Meditating correctly and with right understanding helps us attain our true self one day (Atma-Yoga).

Param Pujya Dadabhagwan says, “All forms of yoga (except Atma-yoga) are meant to attain mastery on the physical plane, and they are beneficial in this respect. It helps prevent external garbage from setting in and makes the mind stronger”

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Author's Bio: 

Ambalal M. Patel was a civil contractor by profession. In June 1958, spontaneous Self-Realization occurred within Ambalal M. Patel. From this point on, Ambalal became a Gnani Purush, and the Lord that manifested within him became known as Dada Bhagwan. A Gnani Purush is One who has realized the Self and is able to help others do the same. Param Pujya Dada Bhagwan used to go from town to town and country-to-country to give satsang (spiritual discourse) and impart the knowledge of the Self, as well as knowledge of harmonious worldly interactions to everyone who came to meet him. This spiritual science, known as Akram Vignan, is the step-less path to Self-realization.