Yoga and Meditation: The Key to Wellness

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Working from home has become more stressful than ever. The intense zoom meetings, coupled with the pressure to meet deadlines, keep us on our toes. Moreover, the constant use of technology has made our posture suffer. But 2021 is a year of changes, of health and personal goals. It is essential to stay fit even while being at home. And what better way to keep healthy than yoga! 

The word “yoga” is derived from the Sanskrit word “Yuji,” which means union, the practice that unites the mind and body.

It consists of breathing exercises, Meditation and poses that help the body relax and reduce stress.

Practicing yoga benefits our physical and mental health. Here is how:

  1. Decreases Stress

Yoga is known for its ability to ease stress and promote relaxation.

Multiple studies prove that it can decrease the secretion of cortisol, the primary stress hormone. The release of cortisol allows the body to relax and helps ease the tensed muscles.

  1. Relieves Anxiety

Interestingly enough, research proves that Meditation can help reduce anxiety and help the body relax in difficult situations. 

In a recent study, 34 women diagnosed with an anxiety disorder participated in yoga classes weekly for two months.

The results showed that those who practiced yoga had significantly lower levels of Anxiety. 

  1. Improves Quality of Life

Yoga has become increasingly common as a therapy to improve the quality of life. The reason being that it is cost-effective can be done anywhere, at any time and the most important, it helps exercise the brain along with the body. It is a lifestyle choice that helps you have better fitness and ease of mind. 

  1. Reduce Chronic Pain

Chronic pain is a common problem that affects millions of peoples. Even more now, considering the rise of technology and having to hunch over our laptops or the improper posture that happens when we continuously scroll through our phones. 

There is plenty of research demonstrating that practicing yoga could help reduce many types of chronic pain. It is essential, especially now, for the work from home generation.

  1. Helps Improve Breathing

Pranayama, or yogic breathing, is a yoga practice that focuses on controlling the breath through breathing exercises and techniques.

Practice deep breathing every day for 10-15 minutes, and that is all it takes to keep yourself calm, composed and healthy. Concentrating on your breathing, being comfortable with the silence and letting the mind relax, is essential in our noisy world. We need to take a few moments to breathe and do, nothing else.

Yoga and Meditation are essential and the ideal way to your journey towards wellness. Unlike most exercises that require equipment, yoga requires two things: the intention to be healthy and a yoga mat. 

There are no reasons to not do yoga, so I encourage you to take a step towards wellness and do good for yourself. 

This new year, choose your well-being. Choose your body. Your mind.Yourself. 

Choose to be healthy, inside out.