does Yoga affect us on a purely physical level? (3)
is the one we are usually most aware of when we do the poses. Even the
muscles that we do not know much about are involved.
yoga postures concentrate on a deep stretching movement. Muscles are
given a gentle, controlled stretch, without any strain. They are thus
able to extend gradually and safely. A flexible muscle is also a
strong, well-toned muscle.
practice will delay the ageing process by keeping muscles and
also benefits. As the muscles loosen and stretch, so do the ligaments,
which hold the bones in place. Instead
of being held rigidly, under pressure, the bones become freed to move
back into a more natural alignment. This is especially so in the case
of the spinal vertebrae, as many of the yoga postures work directly on
the spinal column.
improves through regular deep breathing. Yoga helps you become more
aware of your breath, even when you are not doing the breathing
exercises. The inverted postures enhance blood circulation, reversing
the venous blood flow and also improve lymph drainage.
is helped by the internal massaging action which some of the postures
perform on the organs.
nervous and endocrine systems
are affected. Yoga’s concentration on the spine, through which the
major nerve pathways flow, helps to control nervous energy.