Treat Your Body through Yoga


Photo by (17/9) Have you ever got experience symptoms such as insomnia or sleeping too much, muscle tension, muscle aches, headache, gastrointestinal problems,nervousness, anxiety, changing in eating habits, loss of enthusiasm or energy, mood changes, irritability and depression? If the answer is yes, maybe you have attacked by stress. Stress is a fact of nature in which forces from the inside or outside world affect the individual, either one's emotional or physical well-being, or both.

     Actually there is no definite cause of stress because everyone has a different reaction to a situation. Stress commonly occurs because of financial problems, personal relationships, social relationships and others. Then, how to treat stress? One of the treatment is Yoga.

   Yoga is an ancient physical and spiritual discipline and branch of philosophy that originated in India reportedly more than 5,000 years ago. The word yoga comes from the Sanskrit word yuj, which means to yoke, join, or unite. The Iyengar school of yoga defines yujas as "joining or integrating of all aspects of the individual - body with mind and mind with soul - to achieve a happy, balanced and useful life.

     Nowadays, yoga is very popular in Indonesia even in the world as one of sport that nourishing the body and spirit. Beside to treat the stress, Yoga also use for self-actualization by meditation to reach a condition where thought to be focused or called Samadhi.

    The biggest question is how could Yoga treat the stress or help for self-actualization or give benefit to body? Yoga has some movements and poses that designed to blend body and soul, meshing the physical with the mental and spiritual. According to the American Council on exercise, more than 11 million Americans practice yoga and find that the poses (called asanas) and chants strengthen their bodies, balance their minds and help them relax.

    Yoga has several types, that is Hatha, Vinyasa, Power, Ashtanga, Bikram, Iyengar. The first is Hatha, the form most often associated with yoga, it combines a series of basic movements with breathing. Second is Vinyasa, a series of poses that flow smoothly into one another. Third is Power a faster, higher-intensity practice that builds muscle. Then ashtanga, a series of poses, combined with a special breathing technique. Next is Bikram also known as "hot yoga," it's a series of 26 challenging poses performed in a room heated to high temperature. The last is Iyengar, a type of yoga that uses props like blocks, straps, and chairs to help you move your body into the proper alignment. Each type of yoga has a slightly different focus, and one may be more appropriate than another for people who have certain interests and abilities, to get the maximum result, we have to choose the right type of Yoga that suitable with our purpose and personality.

     Yoga is a method for self-transformation and self-development from all of self-personalities and physical potentials, mental and spiritual, obtained by directly experience through regular practice and applying the noble values of yoga in daily life.

 Written by : TikaRohmawati (Accountancy, 2014)

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