It is said that about three-fourth of yoga practitioners come across a change of mind of why they take up yoga regularly. It’s initially about weight-loss, reducing blood pressure, cholesterol, gaining more flexibility and attaining perfect pose. But later when it is practiced regularly, it makes us realize our self-potential, it provides opportunity to actualize our self. It renders a proper self-awareness which gives us compassion and humanity. If at all we have the idea of yoga as mere one other form of exercise, then it is high time we change it.
In a study published in the journal Frontiers in Human Neuroscience in May 2015, it has been observed that regular yoga practice defends the brain from decline of gray matter as we age. The research used magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to find that the brain volume of people who regularly practice yoga resemble the characteristic of younger person’s brain. Image studies show that 50 year old constant meditators have the brain gray matter of 25 year old.
Pushing aside body, brain, diseases as the reason for practicing yoga, there is a reason which transcends all. Yoga is a tool that enables us to remove judgments and prejudices of life from mind. It encourages us to concentrate on present moment – about who we are now. In this hasty life, when we spend some time in yoga, we focus our breath, we focus present moment. This state of mind takes us somewhere near to spirituality – the primary reason for which yoga was practiced thousands of years ago by yogis in India. The word yoga means “to unite” (from sanskrit). The enlightenment is achieved by yogis by being one with the divine consciousness.
But we necessarily need not be spiritual to take up yoga. It simply transforms our life and our view of life. Benefits and reasons behind taking up or practicing yoga regularly is purely specific to given individual. But to be simple – it helps us to be present in present moment and it has the power to give us transcendental thoughts. Now, after knowing all these, are you ready?