April 1, 2023

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Head of Yoga, Shvasa
Yoga is a holistic science that embodies basic and complex principles of one’s mind and body and also the interconnectedness of one’s phases of life.
Contrary to popular belief, it is not just a mere bunch of movements. The true meaning of yoga lies way beyond physical exercise, it is connecting one’s body with one’s thought process.
When we speak about Holistic development, it has not one but various aspects being physical, social, intellectual, emotional, and spiritual. In order to make steady advances across all dimensions of one’s holistic development, one needs to make a lifestyle choice.
The imbalance or inadequacy of the aforementioned dimensions is what leads to the whole spectrum of lifestyle diseases and shortcomings we see. Holistic wellness is key as it closes the loop between physical and mental well-being. This leads to not just the physical health being addressed, but also the mental health being uplifted from where it stands as well, reiterating the fact that one can’t exist without the other.
Incorporating Yoga into your lifestyle basically enables you to unlock a 360-degree perspective of your health in a way where it covers all dimensions of well-being — mental, physical, emotional, psychological, and spiritual — and the ways you can fine-tune the correlations amongst these spheres through your holistic betterment journey.
This makes it imminent for one to incorporate holistic wellness practices such as Yoga into their lifestyles, as it ensures that no matter what amount the stress or what real-world problem one might run into, they can always check in with themselves whenever they take the time off to connect their mind and body and get back to the daily hustle feeling recharged.
Holistic health is complete when all aspects are addressed. Yoga is a single practice that affects all aspects of the self. Bringing in a sense of balance and sensitivity of the subtle layers of the self.
Most lifestyle diseases we see today have their root in these subtler layers. so it’s important that all these layers are addressed in order to achieve complete health
Some ways Yoga leads to your overall holistic well-being:
Yoga focuses on your breathing, deep and relaxing breathing to start with, frees you of a lot of high-risk respiratory ailments, and sets you on the journey of holistic health one breath at a time.
Consistent practice can increase the size of the portion of the brain that is solely responsible for controlling memory. Not being limited at that, it also can help one better the connections between nerve cells in the brain, again shielding you from a lot of onsetting diseases.
Regular yoga practice strengthens the vagal tone which controls the rest and digesting ability in our bodies. It stimulates the parasympathetic nervous system, which is also responsible for rest and reduces stress levels, and also helps you sleep better.
Yoga boosts our body’s production of probably the most essential hormones pertaining to happiness as we know it, endorphins and oxytocin.
Yoga practices can reduce the impact of exaggerated stress responses and may be helpful for both anxiety and depression. It modulates the stress response systems by decreasing physiological arousal such as reducing cortisol levels and the heart rate, lowering blood pressure, and easing respiration.
All these things mentioned above, if practiced over a period of time and effort lead to an individual, ever-transforming who exudes a relaxed and controlled persona not just while practicing Yoga in a class, but in every single walk of his/her life, shaping themselves into a holistic healthy being.
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Views expressed above are the author’s own.
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