The classical scriptures have no specific or intact information regarding the origin of Yoga except the fact that it emerged in Northern India over some five thousand years ago. Yoga is believed to have been originated in the Indus Valley Civilization in and around 3000 BCE.
Considered to be one of the pre-historic and extremely sought-after train of Hinduism, traces of this well-developed mental, physical, spiritual, and intangible discipline is contemplated in the Vedas and the Upanishads meandering through centuries up to the medieval and Quaternary period.
The perks of this renowned art/discipline are not unknown even to the jubilant minds! Needless to say, the impact of Yoga on health continues even until today, from the pre-historic ages with its effectiveness and magnificent hold over the human body locked away in the Vedic scriptures, whose revelation awes the minds of almost everyone that come across it.
A WALK THROUGH YOGA
Not only does Yoga have the secrets to a peaceful and spiritual state of mind and body, but it also has secret remedies for ailments like menstrual cramps, fatigue, back pain, heart condition, asthma, and also the adverse side-effect of chemotherapy.
The child’s pose is one that exceptionally aids in relieving back pain during menstruation. This stretches the back muscles and relaxes the hips. The posture is rightly followed with a couple of diaphragmatic breaths and you are good to go.
There are more poses in Yoga like Cat-cow, Corpse pose, etc. which are helpful during menstrual cramps and pain. The Hero Pose, Head-to-knee forward Bend pose, Fish Pose, Standing Forward Bend Pose, and more helps to reduce anxiety.
Yoga also cures insomnia, indigestion, malfunctioning liver, heartburn and it is just so much more. For example, Supta Badhakonasana (Reclining butterfly pose) is practiced to avoid acid reflux, along with a vastly effective and renowned Vajrasana (Thunderbolt Pose).
Yoga is one universal thing that can be employed in every walk of life – from during pregnancy to easing labor, from inducing healthy sleep to curing anxiety and stress relief, from strengthening muscles to aiding breathlessness.
Yoga, certainly, is an all-in-one package that comes with its T&C application but no expiration date at all! Now, how beautiful was this invention?
Magical Impact Of Yoga On Health
Yoga has a captivating effect on the skin as well. It enhances and nourishes the skin and has significant aftermath on the complexion and skin tone! You’re probably amused at this point. But, yes. Apart from the overwhelming perks, it has in different fields, Yoga has also outshone in the field of therapeutic skin treatment. Here are some yoga postures you should try at home.
1. Sarvangasana (Shoulder-Stand Pose)
Stretch yourself on the ground and place your legs side-by-side and rest your arms on either side aligned with your shoulder blades. Throw your legs in the air smoothly while taking constant breaths from the belly and keep the rest of your body from the hip-swinging in the air. Take normal breaths now for around 30 seconds, while holding the posture and keep the weight of your body balanced on your elbows attached to the ground.
Sarvangasana is one of the most pivotal and preferred Yoga poses on the subject of facial eloquence. Sarvangasana assists in blood circulation in the face muscles and gives a natural glow to the skin. It is effective in rejuvenating the skin, maintaining hormonal balance, mental peace, and getting rid of acne, pimples, fine lines, pigmentation, etc. Sarvangasana is also known as the ‘Mother of all Poses’.
2. Halasana (Plough Pose)
Lie on your back and fix your palms steadily on the ground. Join the legs together while holding your breath normally. Exhale slowly and softly while bringing your legs high up and try to touch the ground just behind without making further adjustments on the palms. Inhale, exhale for about 2 minutes and hold the pose steadily. Return to Shavasana pose and relax.
Halasana, better known as the plough pose in Yoga, is effective in curing fatigue, mental anxiety and is also instrumental in resolving digestive disorders. The radiance of the skin is ensured through a perfect and clear digestive functioning and removal of unnecessary toxins polluting the skin, in no time. This pose is better identified for its immense role in regulating the metabolism content of the body, which ensures glowing, healthy skin.
3. Adho Mukha Svanasana (Downward-facing dog pose)
Place yourself on all fours with hands about 3 inches forth and the shoulder-width apart and knees apart by the breadth of your hip. Keeping in check that the postures imitate an inverted ‘V’, the elbows radiate towards the front, the hips face the sky and the spinal bones are stacked one above the other radiating energy all over. Turn your head towards your naval such that your ears touch your inner arms. Hold for some ten to twelve breaths and return to the original posture slowly.
The downward-facing dog is a very effective Yoga asana which tones the arms and the legs, stretches the calves, relaxes the hamstrings, and relieves the body of any stress. It regulates blood circulation in the body, being one of the most effective yoga postures.
It decongests nasal cavities, strengthens the spine and gives way for strengthening and relaxing the core muscles of the hips and legs and thighs and arms and all minute structures that require our attention. The circulated blood flow prepares the body for heat inversion, enhancing skin health and reducing acne and more skin defects in this manner.
4. Bhujangasana (Cobra Pose)
Bhujanga in Sanskrit means ‘snake’ or ‘serpent’. It reflects the cobra’s posture with a raised hood. Lie down flat on your belly with the chin resting on the ground. Keep your palms stretched on the floor. Slowly and steadily while taking deep breaths, put light pressure on the palms and start raising your head towards the sky, from the torso and keep your head high towards the sky. Hold this position for 15-30 seconds.
The ‘Bhujangasana’ of yoga enhances flexibility, elevates mood, revitalizes the heart and also relieves stress and anxiety. This pose nourishes the skin with a vital supply of oxygen and gives a natural effective glow to the skin by flushing out toxins and delaying premature ageing, acne, etc.
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“We all wish for world peace, but world peace will never be achieved unless we first establish peace within our own minds.” ― Geshe Kelsang Gyatso.
The perks of Yoga are unlimited and couldn’t be brought together under a single headline. Yoga is essential for the nourishment of skin cells to the curing of acid reflux. From transporting essential vitamins and regulating significant hormones, Yoga is the tune which forms a symphony with the mind and body. It is the linking cord that balances mental stress and gives the body and skin a vibrant and lustrous glow as we have discussed. Stay tuned to know more about this magical Yoga venture!