Women lead such busy lives. There are some that stay at home and take care of their families, there are those who run major corporations, some run their own businesses, others work from home, and some may combine a few of these. This is on top of trying to maintain a modicum of "self," enjoying friends, and let us not forget sleep. How does anyone expect a woman to fit exercise into an already busy schedule? Besides that exercise sounds like an aspect of taking care of themselves and who has time for that? Everyone else needs her first. Yoga not only fits into that busy schedule but the benefits of yoga definitely outweigh the time it takes.
A Quick Understanding
Yoga is a full practice and lifestyle originating from the Indian culture. There are levels practiced on the physical and mental level that allows for full understanding; some practices even strive to achieve immortality in certain respects. The Western culture has taken certain aspects of yoga and developed practices that are more on the physical level. The physical benefits may include:
Increasing Flexibility yoga positions engage a variety of body joints. These include the lesser-used joints that are not regularly exercised (but joints that need to be in order to realize full mobility possibilities).
Increasing lubrication of the joints, ligaments, and tendons Practice also works ligaments and tendons, helping to release much needed lubrication and preventing injury. The results of flexibility are immediate because those that have been worked during regular exercise help those during the practice of yoga, so essentially they work together to achieve the greatest flexibility.
Massaging organs Yoga massages the internal organs and by doing so helps fight against disease; this also works as a sort of warning system of impending disease.
Awareness Yoga taps into an awareness that is seen in practitioners. People who practice this alternative health therapy are able to have an understanding of their whole body, therefore become a true advocate if something is sensed as wrong.
Complete Detoxification By gently massaging the joints, stretching the muscles, and massaging the organs, the body is given an ample supply of blood that allows for the flushing out of toxins throughout the body. This helps prevent premature aging, gives you more energy, and helps you achieve a zest for life.
Toning Yoga is an excellent source of toning for your muscle groups. Muscles that have begun to break down and atrophy are stimulated repeatedly removing excess flab and building muscles.
How About Pregnancy?
With all the dos and donts of pregnancy, it is hard to understand what can be done. Yoga is truly beneficial during pregnancy, but it is a different form that should be instructed by a trained professional. A patient should discuss the desire to try yoga and get permission from their physician or midwife. Smooth pregnancy and natural childbirth are just some of the benefits of yoga. It does wonders for the mental development of the fetus. There are five vital tools for pregnancy and yoga and when worked together they do wondrous things for your health. The five tools are:
Yoga Exercises At a subtle level these supply blood and nutrients to the developing fetus. These exercises gently work your pelvic area to ensure an easier birthing process.
Breathing- These powerful techniques ensure an abundant supply of oxygen for you and the baby.
Mudras and Bandhas The psycho-physical stimulation of these gestures and locks have powerful effects on a womans reproductive organs.
Meditation This will help you relieve the deepest of fears and conflicts, which are common during pregnancy. This also brings an incredible awareness that helps you connect with your child.
Deep Relaxation Yoga Nidra is effective during pregnancy for physical and mental relaxation and also prepares you for childbirth.
Yoga touches on every aspect of your life. It aids in wellness for your mind and body. It is truly understood that the two are deeply connected and exercising those will benefit you greatly.