The Science Behind Yoga And Why It Works

An ancient practice that brings together the mind and body.

Petra Ivanigova
Feb 11 · 3 min read
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Yoga is an ancient tradition and can be traced back to over 5,000 years ago. It is defined as a union between the mind and the body.

“The very heart of yoga practice is ‘abyhasa’ — steady effort in the direction you want to go.” –Sally Kempton

The group of researchers at Boston University School of Medicine believe that they have discovered yoga’s secret. In an article published in May 2012 is said that yoga works by regulating the nervous system by increasing the body’s ability to successfully respond to stress.

A lot of the benefits of yoga come from how it helps your body take in and use oxygen.

Eastern vs. Western Yoga:

Eastern and Western yoga have the same foundation with the same goal, but there are some differences.

In the western world, we adapt yogic practices to fit into our modern lives. We take a 60-minute class to practice yoga to keep us fit, whereas in the East it is seen as a way of life. The tradition of yoga in India tells us that there is a lot more to the practice than movement and breath.

“Yoga is the perfect opportunity to be curious about who you are.” –Jason Crandell

How Yoga Works:

#Yoga Makes You Pay Attention

Yoga teaches you to pay attention and be present in the moment. When I started with yoga, my instructor asked me what I am feeling. I said: “Okay.” She smiled at me and said I am glad you are feeling okay, but I have asked what are you feeling, not how are you feeling.

“Yoga teaches you to listen to your body.”

It took me 6 months to pay attention to my body and wisely decide whether to stay at an edge, go deeper or back off from various postures.

#Yoga Makes You Sleep Like A Baby

This is true. Yoga is an incredible way how to reduce the stress level and make you sleep like a baby. It releases unnecessary tension in your body and calms your mind.

“Sleep is the best meditation.” — Dalai Lama

#Yoga Reduces Physical Pain

Yoga increases the flow of oxygen to the brain and muscle tissues improved the energy levels and sense of well-being. Combination of breath awareness with the physical movements of a yoga practice helps release muscle tension in your body and reduce the pain.

# Yoga Breaks Bad Habits

Yoga is an excellent way to slow down and prioritize. It is designed to strengthen intuition and willpower. Through asanas, mindfulness and deep relaxation, you are training your nervous system to resist temptation, similar to the way you might train your muscles at the gym.

“The universe does this thing… where it aligns you with people, things, and situations that match the energy you put out. The more you improve yourself and raise your vibration, the more you will see things that are beneficial to your well-being.”

Yoga is not always fun (at least not from the beginning), but it comes with some pretty incredible benefits. You gain the awareness and power you need to resist the temptation to fall back into your bad habits and teach you to work with your body and mind.

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