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|Our physical body
is meant to move and exercise. If our lifestyle does not provide natural
motion of muscles and joints, then diseases and other discomfort will develop
with time. Proper exercise should be pleasant to the practitioner while
beneficial to the body, mind and spiritual life.
The principle of proper exercising, revolves around the idea that our physical body needs to be in motion.
What is Proper Exercise?
There are numerous modern physical culture systems designed to develop the muscles through mechanical movements and exercises. As Yoga regards the body as a vehicle for the soul on its journey towards perfection, Yogic physical exercises are designed to develop not only the body, but they also broaden the mental faculties and the spiritual capacities.
Proper Exercise is achieved through the Yoga Postures or Asanas which systematically work on all parts of the body - stretches and tones the muscles and ligaments, enhances the flexibility of the spine and the joints, and improves blood circulation. The word asana mean steady pose as it is to be held for some time. Asanas are designed to regulate the physical and physiological functions of the body. Practicing these Yoga Poses make your body relaxed, gives you more strength and energy, and rejuvenates the various systems of the body. The Yoga Posture goes together with proper breathing. Each posture should be complemented with proper breathing. The execution of the Asana is beneficial to the body, and at the same time contributes to spiritual and mental growth.
Yoga exercises also focus on the health of the spine, its strength and flexibility. The spinal column houses the all-important nervous system, the telegraphic system of the body. By maintaining the spine's flexibility and strength through exercise, circulation is increased and the nerves are ensured their supply of nutrients and oxygen.
The Asanas also affect the internal organs and the endocrine system (glands and hormones). Traditionally, Yogis practice Surya Namaskar, the sun salutation, before the Asanas.
For more details on Yoga Asanas visit www.asana-posture.in
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