By: Dr. Surender Choudhary (YOGA GURU, NATUROTHERAPIST, FOUNDER-YOGA SANJIVANI & BOON WELLNESS)
If we start a discussion about the benefits of yoga, it will go on and on. Undoubtedly, there are countless benefits of yoga. One of the most important virtues of yoga is that it can help you to become happy. ‘You cannot always control what goes on outside. But you can always control what goes on inside.’ From the renowned self-help author Wayne Dyer comes a word of wisdom, it is true to say, we cannot control the outside world, however we can take control of what goes inside our mind. To know more about the virtues of yoga and your way to a happy and content life, walk with us through this talk of the day!
Yoga teaches us to connect to our bodies and minds, which helps us feel good eventually. Our stress hormones and blood pressure are decreased by yoga practice. In today’s time when our lifestyle habits have gone through drastic changes, the percentage of men affected by stress, anxiety and depression has also increased and yoga acts as one the best solutions to calm the nerves.
There are numerous benefits of yoga. For a better mental health, yoga can help us reduce sensations of anxiousness as well as enhance our mood and happiness. Yoga and breathing techniques assist us to achieve a deeper degree of relaxation, which can help reduce stress and lift our spirits. Our thoughts, overthinking, and feelings contribute significantly to our unhappiness since we categorize our experiences as positive or negative.
Yoga and meditation practice not only slowly eliminate these self-judgments, behaviours, and positivity, but can also start to transform our attitudes, views, and thoughts over time.
How may yoga help in attaining happiness?
Happiness-inducing chemicals are released by our brains. These substances are a set of neurotransmitters called dopamine, serotonin, oxytocin, and endorphins that are in charge of making us feel happy. These molecules can move around in our brain as a result of an event, a person, or a memory, bringing about happiness. Yoga is one activity that promotes a healthy flow of these chemicals in our brains.
Because of the use of breathing methods like Ujjayi, Kapalbhati, and Anulom-Vilom, which serve to transition us from the sympathetic nervous system to the parasympathetic nervous system, yoga helps you feel calmer and more relaxed.
Since Surya Namaskar opens the heart and promotes positive feelings and a joyous lifestyle, it instantly improves one’s mood.
The Pawanmuktasna posture is powerful. Both belly fat and abdominal muscle strength are improved. The intestines and other organs in the abdomen are massaged. It tones the buttocks, legs, and arms. Losing weight is aided.
These days, a lot of people worry about their physical appearance. If someone feels good about themselves and their appearance, yoga can help them lose body fat.
Does yoga have a lasting positive impact on happiness?
Yoga can assist you in finding happiness both on and off the mat. It allows us to experience and feel serenity even when we are not on the mat because of the harmony of the mind, body, and spirit. Yoga is about applying the yoga philosophy to your daily life, not just practicing it. There are documented instances of people responding to a circumstance differently than they would have, had they not incorporated yoga into their way of life.
The benefits of yoga are uncountable. It aids your body and adds years to your life. With the changing culture the popularity of yoga has also changed. It is no longer just restricted to a small population but is being adopted by the western culture too.
The mental health of men often goes ignored or unnoticed. But that only takes a form of grave issues in later stages. When men go through stress or anxiety, they tend to hide it rather than expressing it. Turning to yoga to feel relaxed and calm is one of the best decisions one can take. The benefits of yoga are multi-layered and deliver happiness in the long run too.
About the Author
Dr. Surender Choudhary is the Founder and Director of Yoga Sanjivani and Boon Wellness which is an 11- year old prestigious yoga practice centre in Gurgaon, NCR, India. Dr. Surender Choudhary is a multi-talented personality with deep experience in the field of yoga, meditation, acupressure and naturopathy. He has over 13 years of experience in Yoga and his skills of Yoga have associated him with many corporates, MNCs and NGOs.
Boon Wellness: https://www.boonwellness.in/
Yoga Sanjivani: http://www.yogasanjivani.com/