International Yoga Day: 5 good reasons to practise yoga
21 June is not only Music Day, but also International Yoga Day. Discover the five main benefits of this ancient Indian discipline that is good for the body and mind.
"Yoga" means union, the union of body and consciousness, and of consciousness and soul. Yoga cultivates the means to maintain a balanced behaviour in daily life and gives weapons to move forward". This beautiful statement on the benefits of yoga was made by the Indian representative to the United Nations in December 2014, during the vote that established an International Yoga Day every 21 June. Yoga is also on the list of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity, created by Unesco.
Regardless of the type of yoga practised, its benefits in terms of physical and mental fitness are undeniable...
1- Yoga helps to manage stress better
By focusing on your breathing, your body and the movements you do, you release bad tensions and take a step back from everyday anxieties. Yoga is particularly recommended for people suffering from stress-related sleep disorders.
2- Yoga strengthens and tones muscles.
Some stereotypes are difficult to get rid of: sometimes we imagine a yoga class as a room full of people meditating with their legs crossed. Although relaxation is important, yoga also involves a physical workout.
Slowly getting into a position, holding it, coming out of it in the right way... this work is not easy. Yoga works muscles that are not normally used, such as the inner legs and arms, and strengthens the whole body.
3- Yoga helps to keep your spirits up
In addition to increasing the feeling of well-being, yoga also provides an important help from the point of view of mental health. According to a study conducted in 2017 by US researchers, the practice of yoga would even be an alternative to medication to treat emotional disorders and depression, especially during pregnancy.
4- Yoga improves flexibility and balance
Contrary to another widely held belief, you don't have to be flexible to do yoga: you become flexible. Working on your breathing and exhalation allows you to soften your body gently, without hurting yourself.
Several positions are also designed to develop balance. A workout that will be useful throughout the day to maintain a better posture.
5- Yoga boosts the immune system
By strengthening the body and helping to combat stress, yoga improves the immune system. No more recurring colds, excess toxins and digestive problems.