Yoga is one of the most sought fitness activities today which originated in India, wherein it is part of religious practices and discipline involving Hinduism, Jainism, or Buddhism. The primary goal was not fitness but the expansion of spiritual energy. Towards the end of the 19th century, yoga became popular in the West, and it is now considered a form of exercise.
Yoga is a combination of different controlled physical postures, in-depth meditation, and breathing techniques to promote a healthy body and enhance well-being. Aside from the obvious benefits of yoga, such as improved breathing, a stronger immune system, a limber body, and reduce stress and anxiety; there are some other advantages to doing it.
Here are the uncommon benefits of yoga:
1. Understand the Importance of Self-Discipline
Discipline is not something that is innate in every human being. It is learned, inculcated and practiced. Yoga involves strictly following the body positions and breathing techniques to achieve the desired results. Once you discover the art and science of yoga, you’ll learn what self-discipline is at a whole new level.
Here are some of the self-discipline applications:
- Approaching each lengthy process as a form of experience and not a waste of time, similarly when you learn the difficult postures of yoga. In real life, you’ll be better at waiting on a long queue at the bank or how to prepare a complicated food recipe.
- Resolving a problem by ruling out the root cause and learning to set aside your anger or frustration, as well as knowing the importance of seeking professional help to safeguard your mental and emotional well-being.
- Learning the value of patience and hard work when it comes to self-discipline. This applies in being consistent with your dietary plan and not hurrying to shed some pounds of your body weight.
- Being more objective on how you perceive things than being clouded with your emotions. You will deal better with failing marks in school or not getting the promotion.
2. Appropriately Focus Your Energy
Sometimes, people tend to spend all their energy in one task or activity in a day, such as public speaking, presenting in a meeting, and doing household chores all day long. A right time for you to release your energy and ways on how to conserve it to ensure you last throughout the day with a happy disposition and not to feel burnt out or wasted.
With a yoga teacher, you will learn how to:
- Conserve and use your energy appropriately
- Hold your breath and release air outside your body
- Twist your waist and to stretch your arms
- Clear your mind or think about happy thoughts or beautiful imagery
- Determine where your energy get clogged or obstructed like on a work task or something
3. Learn the Value of Give and Take
In life, many people don’t realize that they want to take everything in a relationship, whether it is a romantic relationship, parent and child relationship, friendship, or boss and employee relationship. Sometimes, it’s about the narcissistic side of human nature. Yoga will help you discover the vital of the role of giving out in any relationship.
Here’s how yoga can help you cease narcissistic tendencies:
- The controlled body movements and the need to clear your mind from negative vibrations will make you realize that you are separate and distinct from the outside forces.
- Once you learn how to dissociate negative thoughts and emotions from your body and mind, you can attack your issues and problems more objectively.
- You’ll learn the value of sharing similar when nature shares its free fresh air to you in a yoga session.
- Learn how to breathe out negative vibration and inhale positivity.
4. Learn How to Handle Difficult Situations
At first, you might find yoga daunting and painful, and you might surrender because you convince yourself that you can’t. However, a yoga trainer will help you get through the initial fear and denial stage by teaching you the basics, and eventually, learn the advanced yoga techniques as you go along. It is the same with handling life’s challenges and the most difficult situations.
Here are some of the ways that yoga can help in handling difficult situations:
- Through yoga, you’ll learn that life is suffering which is Buddha’s first precept as an enlightened being, so everyone undergoes suffering.
- Yoga will provide a good foundation on how you deal with everyday struggles through being a good follower and patient yoga student, equipped with the self-discipline and courage, like when doing a specific body posture.
- Learning and practicing mantras to discover more about yourself and the world as a whole so that you can face difficult situations with confidence and a prepared soul.
Indeed, yoga is far beyond what others see in a unique and challenging body posture or position. Yes, it provides improved breathing, promotes healthy weight loss, and a more flexible body. However, you also benefit from improving self-discipline, learn how to face difficult times, and become healthier, happier and more successful in life.