Below, we are sharing an overview of yoga facts, with some exciting industry news:
The physical benefits are numerous: fitness, cardiovascular health, cleansing of body organs, builds muscle tissue and helps the joint.
The muscle stretching and toning performed during a yoga session helps maintain a healthy weight and a balance metabolic system.
Other benefits of yoga are: rejuvenating mindfulness, improved sleep, better sex, improved digestion and a feeling of happiness.
Yoga helps the body detoxify and prevents ailments while it also improves mental strength.
Types of yoga popular today
Budokan yoga is more athletic and focuses on strength and agility, while building awareness between the mind and body. It is an infusion of traditional yoga postures, meditation and martial art transitions.
Acro yoga is also rising in popularity as it uses acrobatics and gymnastics techniques to build strength, flexibility and trust between partners, with each one playing a key role. The feet and hands play a major role in this type of yoga as they are the main points of contact and the base’s body is in a static pose with the back square to the ground. The main focus is on core strength. The base is the one who controls his partner who is the flyer.
Yoga Nidra and its deep meditation is extremely popular and other mindfulness trends are growing in popularity. This type of yoga is popular among the corporate and business world as it helps alleviate stress and focuses the mind to assist in decision-making, leadership and effective planning skills.
Waterman Yoga is especially popular with men and was developed to focus on strengthening and stretching the body and mind. It is aimed at overall improvement of stability, strength, balance, flexibility, stamina, breath control and mental focus.
Yoga therapy focuses on relieving and repairing injuries and strains to the muscles, connective tissue and skeleton. This can only be done with careful instruction and preparation from a skilled yoga therapy teacher. The careful use of special asanas (yoga pastures); breathing and meditation techniques are used to get the most beneficial results.
Yoga retreats have become popular globally as a fitness getaway and people head off for a few days of relaxation and meditation, while enjoying healthy foods and spa treatments too.
Even though millions of people around the world enjoy the benefits of yoga, many are wary of starting as they worry about their fitness levels and if they will be able to do some of the difficult postures. Yoga instructors all agree that yoga is about practice and consistency. There are many different forms of yoga to choose from, all offering different levels and methods. It is up to each individual to choose the type that they are more comfortable with.
Study of yoga treatment for PTSD
London researchers will be conducting a federally funded study on whether yoga can reduce post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms in emergency workers.
The main aim of the study is to see whether yoga can be a cost-effective, non-pharmaceutical method of treatment for the debilitating psychological response to trauma often seen in emergency workers.
PTSD, according to psychiatrist Akshya Vasudev, associate scientist at Lawson Health Research Institute, is often not diagnosed correctly and left untreated.
The yoga research will be using 74 participants from the London area of study; they will be emergency workers showing symptoms of PTSD. The data will be collected over 18 months and the study will start in March 2019.
The participants will learn Sudarshan Kriya yoga, developed by the international non-profit The Art of Living. The method does not focus a lot on physical positions but mostly on deep and rhythmic breathing. Vasudev has practiced this method for 7 years and feels that its method of deep relaxation lifts the mind from pre-occupied thoughts.
The 12 week program will kick off with a week of training in the yoga technique. After which each participant will have to complete the 30 minute breath focused yoga for 30 minutes each day on their own, and a weekly follow up with the research team.
Vasudev and his team have already completed a feasibility study and they found that the yoga method led to significant improvement in PTSD, depression and anxiety symptoms among the pilot project participants.
The waiting list, for public funded psychotherapy, are long and suffers of PTSD sometime need to wait a year to see one. Medication alone is not always effective and even though the combined therapy and medication is an important tool in its treatment, scientists are looking for other ways to help treat PTSD.
Since remission rates are low, from 20% to 30%, the research will help find a combination of effective therapies.
Yoga Education in India
Indian Universities have started offering yoga as an academic subject over the last three years. Six central universities started yoga departments between 2019-2019, bringing the total number to 98 universities in the country with full-fledged yoga courses and departments.
The University Regulator now recognizes five courses at the Bachelor’s, Master’s and Doctoral levels and a panel has made recommendations and prescribed a curriculum for courses.
The University Grant’s Commission says that they plan to expand the course to all central universities, since most of them offering the courses now are private institutions. The six central universities have departments with course like B.SC (Yoga), M. Sc (Yoga) PhD, PG Diploma in Yoga and PG Diploma in Yoga Therapy.
Find out how yoga can make your mind & body stronger
Yoga originated in ancient India and is practiced by millions of people globally in order to enhance their mental and physical strength. Yoga will help keep you fit and active, while it will help boost concentration levels, stamina, and flexibility.
Embrace yoga and you will reap all the benefits it offers while also finding a deeper understanding of self and how to live a meaningful life.
Yoga has become a sophisticated method of instruction, where programs are often designed to the specific needs of individuals. Therapeutic yoga, is used to treat many health issues such as back and neck pain, stroke rehabilitation, post natal, diabetes, hypertension, insomnia, cancer to name but a few.
Benefits of practicing yoga
- Yoga raises the fitness levels and if performed daily, over a long period of time, you will have the desired effects. Yoga, according to the experts, is not like gym, where you can go a couple of times a week to maintain fitness levels; it is a lifestyle discipline that needs commitment. As you increase your fitness levels, so your body will be able to fight injuries, back pain and illnesses.
- Flexibility is important for everyone, no matter what age they are. It reduces the risk of injuries, but also makes you more mobile and active. Yoga can be practiced by everyone who wants to live an active life and you often find professional athletes, children and all age groups in between in classes. Athletes swear that it helps them improve their performance. Flexibility need not be dangerous nor should it hurt. Yoga instructors are trained to help all individuals from all walks of life maintain it with a tailor made exercise routine.
- Raised blood pressure is leading cause of strokes, heart disease and can cause mild cognitive impairment. Recent studies have shown that it also increases the risk of dementia, a brain disease that leads to impaired thinking reasoning and memory loss. Yoga helps regulate blood pressure since it naturally minimizes nervous system activity and relaxes the body and mind.
- Mental problems, stress and anxiety sufferers cope much better if they take up yoga. Yoga’s abilities to relieve stress have been known and practiced for thousands of years. There are different types of yoga and some are more geared toward helping relieve and manage stress. The breathing exercises and meditation can be used in difficult situations outside of classes to help manage unavoidable stress and anxious moments in your daily life.
PTSD sufferers can also find relief from yoga classes. Yoga increases the production of cortisol, a stress hormone that helps manage stress. Since many medications for stress management have unpleasant side effects, yoga is a wonderful alternative.
- Each different type of yoga pose and each type of yoga exercise is geared to offer different benefits. Once you decide to start yoga, you will have to decide which benefits you want to make an integral part of your life. Breathing exercises are a basic part of all yoga disciplines and are the most important reason for yoga’s relaxing and calming effects on the mind.
Since yoga is a discipline that combines postures, meditation, relaxation and breathing, they all complement each other and are incorporated into all routines, but breathing is the most profound.
That is why you will feel so relaxed and good after completing your yoga session.
- Yoga helps people who have suffered injuries to make a faster recovery and return to a normal life faster. The deep breathing, relaxation and meditation help increase the circulation while increasing the distribution of nutrients to the affected areas, and the exercises strengthen the muscles and bones.
- Recovery from addiction can be a long and difficult road. Most rehabilitation clinics have now introduced yoga into their daily exercise routine. The combination of all the yoga disciplines has a soothing and motivational effect that encourages former addicts to find themselves again.
- Yoga is a wonderful way to reduce weight and one hour a day is enough to achieve all your goals.
- Chronic illness sufferers find relief in yoga, as it restores balance, increases their range of motion and helps them make a quick recovery.