Yoga makes you happy

Yoga makes you happy

Yoga, the philosophical teaching that originated in India, is widespread today and has become a robust health trend. Today there is no city or place where you cannot find a yoga studio. And more and more people flock to the said studios.

The wave of fitness, health and wellness has reinforced this trend again. There is now yogaFashion, yogaFestivals, yogaTravel and YogaCongresses.

According to a recent study by the BDY (Professional Association of Yoga Teachers in Germany), 16 percent of the German population have already gained yoga experience. That is more than 11.3 million people. Five percent (approx. 3.4 million) even practice yoga regularly.

These are also impressive figures: 86 percent of the practitioners noticed a change in themselves due to their yoga practice. 49 percent of yoga enthusiasts felt more relaxed as a result, 46 percent felt physically fitter, according to the study. Yoga can fundamentally change your life, one can read quite often. We'll take a look at this.

The different yoga paths

There are a number of physical and mental exercises. The practices range from kryas, niyama, pranayama, yama, pratyahara to asanas. Hatha yoga, mantra yoga, Laya yoga, power yoga, yin yoga and Kundalini yoga are widespread. In addition, the women's project culture in the 1990s resulted in further design variations such as Luna and Yabluga yoga. Hatha yoga is one of the most popular types of yoga because it combines various yoga postures with breathing and concentration exercises.

The teaching of yoga originated as early as 500 BC. The roots of yoga philosophy lie in Hinduism and in parts of Buddhism. A master of yoga is called a yogī, while the master is called a yoginī. But only a satiated yoga master is the real yoga master. He has either already achieved enlightenment or he is striving for it, writes Sukadev Bretz in the Yoga Vidya Journal.

Later the Pilates method was added, which was invented by the German Joseph Hubertus Pilates. Pilates is supposed to ensure a healthy posture. The training, according to Joseph Hubertus Pilates, includes strength exercises, stretching and conscious breathing, similar to yoga.

Coping with stress through yoga

The word yoga can be interpreted as follows: union, connection, method, technique, meditation and asceticism. Yoga, the Asian body art, is seen by many today as a weapon against stress, which in turn is considered the number one cause of illness.

In fact, quite a few clinical pictures can be traced back to stress in their origin. These include diabetes, colds, allergies and, in the worst case, cancer. Heart attacks, severe depression, and burnout can also be caused by symptoms of stress.

If you talk to people who do yoga regularly, it is striking that almost all of them say that yoga de-stresses them and that they feel more stress-resistant and resilient after a yoga class. It's like flicking a switch in your head.

But what could be the reason for this: When we get stressed, the body releases more of the stress hormone "cortisol". Cortisol is an endogenous hormone that is involved in many metabolic processes and is released at increased levels during stress, writes the pharmacy Umschau.

More energy and less stress

It has been shown that the stress hormone cortisol drops significantly in people who do yoga regularly. This is also confirmed by a study carried out at the Institute for Integrative Medicine.

Another study has shown: 87 percent of people in Germany are stressed, and one in two believes they are at risk of burnout. The signs of this are back pain, persistent fatigue, internal tension, listlessness or sleep disorders. These are the results of a current survey by pronova BKK (resulting from the amalgamation of the company health insurance funds of well-known global corporations such as Ford, Bayer, BASF and Continental)

Important to know: Many health insurance companies cover the costs of yoga as part of a preventive measure. It is therefore worth checking with your own health insurance company about any possible cost coverage.

Yoga brings you into balance

Working with life energy gently gets the body and circulation going, ensures greater wellbeing and strengthens the immune system. Yoga exercises help to bring the mind, body and spirit into the right balance. The gentle type of movement in yoga is intense and has a beneficial effect on our body.

The combination of posture, stretching and breathing exercises normalize breathing, blood pressure and heart rate because deep breathing in and out goes hand in hand with movement.

When practicing yoga poses, for example asanas, Numerous areas of the body are addressed: the sense of balance, the cardiovascular system, the muscles and the nervous system. Yoga is not an esoteric relaxation method, which some assume, but it also makes you incredibly fit and strong.

It is also undisputed that yoga strengthens the heart and stimulates blood circulation, while at the same time the ability to concentrate is increased due to the breathing technique. With proper breathing, more blood is brought into the circulation and with it more oxygen, which can increase brain performance. Furthermore, yoga stretches the muscles and mobilizes the spine. A nice side effect is that you can also get a firm body with yoga.

Yoga stretches the fascia and protects against adhesions

Fasciae connect almost all bodily systems, they are connective tissue membranes that enclose organs, bones, muscles, up to the brain and the spinal cord. Yoga keeps the fascia supple. Current research has shown that. Relief postures, stress and lack of exercise stick together, harden and shorten our fasciae. No other sport stretches the body more than yoga. When fascia stick together, it leads to tension and chronic pain, not just in the back.

A well-structured yoga class has the advantage that all eight possible directions of the spine are moved. If the spine is immobile, tension and blockages can occur, causing pain down to the legs, up to the neck and even to the head.

Madhavi Guemoes writes about this in yogaeasy: "The elastin contained in the fasciae is increasingly being replaced by the barely stretchable collagen, which means that the fasciae lose their ability to slide and the range of motion of our muscles is significantly restricted".

Now fascia training is trendy and the nice thing about it is that you can do it in the gym as well as at home. Regular exercises with the fascia roller can prevent the fascia from sticking together. But be careful, the use of the massage equipment is not exactly painless, so you should be guided.

The medisana team wishes you lots of fun on the mat