International Yoga Day 2022 is approaching on June 21, and it’s the ideal time to start incorporating a healthy Yoga habit into your daily routine. Yoga, as we all know, may do wonders for our physical and mental health, but it is not a magic pill, and in order to get all of its advantages, one must practice it consistently.
While many of us begin our yoga practice to improve our physical health, it may also benefit our mental health. Yoga improves memory, attention, awareness, thought, and language by strengthening the brain’s memory, attention, awareness, and mental processes. Think of it like mental weightlifting.
Meditation can also enhance your reasoning, decision-making, and learning skills, among other things. When presented with unpleasant conditions, you have a more considered response as your emotional reactivity decreases.
Many of the soothing benefits of yoga practice may be traced down to a single mechanism: the Vagus Nerve. The Vagus nerve is the nerve that links the brain to the rest of the body. The vagus nerve connects the face muscles, heart, lungs, digestive tract, kidneys, and reproductive organs from the base of the brain.
The vagus nerve is toned by a daily comprehensive yoga practice that incorporates all three – meditation, breathing, and doing yoga postures (asanas). Even a little daily yoga practice of 10-15 minutes might make us feel more comfortable and cheerful.
A 60-minute practice that includes a balanced mix of asana, pranayama, and meditation is recommended by a yoga expert:
Before you begin the practice, remember to take each posture at your own pace. Make sure you concentrate on completing the pose correctly rather than how deep you go. You can do each posture as many times as you like as long as it is not too tough or uncomfortable for your body. Most importantly, try to breathe and relax into each posture rather than leaping into it. Carry out the entire exercise with awareness.
Let’s begin with the Surya Namaskar, a twelve-step ancient ritual that warms up the body and prepares it for yoga practice. This is why it is done at the start of a yoga class. It stretches, strengthens, and lengthens all muscle groups, allowing the body to “open up.”
Surya Namaskar helps to manage our mental and physical abilities by stimulating prana, or life force energy, through the body. When done correctly and with attention to the breathing practice throughout, it becomes a comprehensive practice in and of itself. I recommend practicing 6-9 rounds of a comfortable Surya Namaskar before a vigorous asana practice, depending on how stiff your body is feeling.
Following the Surya Namaskar, we proceed to the Asana practice, which will treat the entire body, both physically and physiologically:
Hold each of the following postures for at least 10 deep breaths, focusing on alignment and deep breathing. With each breath, relax into the position.