Yoga is about 3,000 year old, Hindu discipline of mind and body that became known in Western society with the hippie generation of the Sixties and early Seventies. Its image as a mystic practice is disappearing as fast as the stressful aspects of the Eighties are appearing.
Yoga is spreading into the business world as an effective method of stress management, in the helping professions, nursing and old age homes, and is used in the treatment of alcoholics, hyperactive children and youngsters with learning disabilities. Yoga centers are getting stiff competition from adult education classes of community colleges, boards of education and parks and recreation departments.
The meaning of yoga is union of the body, mind and spirit with truth. Practicing Yoga is one of the ways to reduce and eliminate stress from our bodies and thoughts. Yoga enhances the body's natural defense functions. The regular practice of yoga Asanas has been proved to promote the secretion of anabolic hormones, work to straighten the spine and improve the flow of fluids in it, and stimulate the glands and lymph circulation throughout the body. There are many kinds of yoga to study.
Hatha Yoga is among the most popular forms of yoga and It punctuate the practice of postures, which stretch and strengthen the body, which help to develop a sense of balance and flexibility, as well as body awareness and mental concentration. All forms of yoga integrate the practice of proper breathing techniques for relaxation, rest the mind from its constant chatter, to experience a calm mind, and to energize and distilled the body.
Now these days stress levels in society reach to new heights, The Raja Yoga, the yoga of meditation, is growing and becoming popular in Western society, while others, such as Krya Yoga, the yoga of cleansing, and Mantra Yoga, the yoga of chanting, not amazingly grow and have some little appeal for newcomers.
Body Stretching and toning benefits by yoga, but not the primary reasons people turn to yoga. Newcomers are thinking and hoping that yoga will provide them with a means for handling the stress and tension. There is the difference between exercise and yoga is that yoga has a meditative quality. Most of the people are exercising for the psychological benefits and trying many of the activities, like yoga and tai chi. Yoga seems to have a calming effect on body. Try these techniques on children as well as adults. When your children are quarreling, ask them to stop what they're doing, raise their arms over their heads, ask them to lean forward and breathe deeply, this helps to diffuse their anger. It definitely helps them to cool it.