Yoga, an ancient practice for the body and the mind, is becoming an increasingly popular way to elevate the soul. Yoga has the ability to influence the chemical balance of the brain, which in turn improves one’s mental state of being. The purpose of yoga is to work both the mind and body. Yoga postures, for example, simultaneously calm and stimulate the brain. These postures activate and stimulate vital organs by supplying fresh blood to the brain, making it alert but relaxed.
One of the main aspects of the Yoga practice is to teach yourself how to breath properly; making sure to concentrate on every part of your body, energizing each muscle and organ. Most people do not even realize that they are breathing incorrectly, not allowing the breath to travel through the whole body. After practicing Yoga, you learn to take control of your body, breath, and mind. Yoga possesses the unique ability to calm the nerves.
Yoga is meant to be practiced according to each individuals pace and ability. The practice of yoga stimulates and changes emotional attitudes, changing negative vibes into positive ones. The skills that can be aquired and used to further your yoga practice can also be used for all other areas of life.
Written by Robin Downes’ Yoga Flava for Elev8.com