The practice of yoga asana and Pranayama is unquestionably an ideal method to preserve the health and longevity of our bodies. Yoga is unique in that it helps the entire system recuperate. In the yogic system, the mechanism is quiet and restful. Asana provides a soothing effect on both the outer and inner organs.
– No cellular exhaustion occurs.
– The cells are made to liberate their toxins more efficiently due to internal massage by Asanas.
– Blood flow is increased to the tissues with augmented oxygen delivery.
– The question of accumulation of free radicals never arises with the yogic practices.
– Modern medicine has now recognized the power of mind over matter.
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– The mind is kept in constant contact with the cells during the practice of Asanas, and the practitioner’s awareness is so refined that he becomes conscious of the subtle functioning or malfunctioning of any part of the body.
– Asanas work on both gross and micro-structures. For example, the effects on cartilage, the synovial lining and bone can be directly observed as Asanas are practiced.
– Certain Asanas heal the area by their ability to remove the pent-up products of inflammation by intra-articular massage.
– As Asanas are both contractions and relaxations, both the softness and rigidity of connective tissu is preserved.
– Due to the peculiar nature of yogic movements, the body is shaped appropriately.
Asanas act on the joints.
– They are given an internal massage.
– The range of movements far surpasses than that in any other science.
– The sensory nerve endings are razor sharp due to the stretch given by the Asanas and this, in turn, maintains the Neurovascular functions of the skin.
– The skin blood flow is stimulated preventing senile changes.
– The skin is adducted, abducted, rotated and circumducted in yogic practices.
– In yoga performed shunting of blood is possible. In other forms of exercise, it is involuntary.
– In yogic practices, one can shunt blood to any area consciously, as the geometric shapes of the Asanas vary.
Cardio Vascular system
– The massaging action of Yogasanas is valuable for the interstitial space (through which only the nutrients and oxygen pass from the blood to the cells) improving micro nutrition by healthy lymphatic flow.
– Arteries and veins are massaged and kept elastic and atherosclerotic changes are prevented.
– Pranayama strengthens the inner vital energy at micro-cellular levels.
– The elasticity of the lungs is maintained, oxygen uptake is improved.
– Asanas promote and maintain elasticity of ribs and intercostal muscles.
– The diaphragm is strengthened.
– Standing poses stimulate the lung.
– Inverted poses toughen the lung.
– Forward bends train one to breathe in a limited cavity.
– Backbends strengthen circulation in the entire lower respiratory tract.
– The cartilages are toned up, and they remain soft and elastic.
The digestive system
– Yogasanas massages the entire gastrointestinal tract.
– They promote expulsion of excessive wind; maintain peristalsis, blood supply and freshness of th tissues.
– All physiological functions are toned up.
– Pancreas, are benefited by rotational movements.
– Inverted and twisting poses are very helpful for this organ.
– Asanas massage liver, improve perfusion and enhance elimination of toxins.
– Twisting poses are invaluable for all liver disorders.
– Asanas massage the gallbladder and prevent any stagnation of secretions.
The excretory system
– The kidney is a vital organ performing many functions.
– Asanas massage the kidneys and prevent degenerative changes.
– Yoga is the only system, which exerts a beneficial effect on glandular function.
– Almost all the glands are thoroughly massaged during the various postures optimizing glandular function.
The nervous system
– There are several major and minor plexuses of nerves throughout the entire length of the body.
– All are in communication with each other and with the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems.
– All Asanas are helpful. Asanas and Pranayamas refresh the mind as recuperation occurs.
The special senses
– Practice of yoga deeply affects the special senses.
– Yoga provides relaxation to the body by working through the special senses.
– Shanmukhi mudra provides complete Neuromuscular relaxation of the special senses.