An ascetic Hindu discipline involving controlled breathing, prescribed body positions, and meditation, with the goal of attaining a state of deep spiritual insight and tranquility.
A system of stretching and positional exercises derived from this discipline to promote good health, fitness, and control of the mind.
More importantly, yoga is extremely effective in:
• INCREASING FLEXIBILITY
• INCREASING LUBRICATION of THE JOINTS, LIGAMENTS AND TENDONS
• MASSAGING OF ALL ORGANS OF THE BODY .
• COMPLETE DETOXIFICATION
• EXCELLENT TONING OF THE MUSCLES
But these enormous physical benefits are just a “side effect” of this powerful practice. What yoga does is harmonize the mind with the body and this results in real quantum benefits. It is now an open secret that the will of the mind has enabled people to achieve extraordinary physical feats, which proves beyond doubt the mind and body connection. Yoga through meditation works remarkably to achieve this harmony and helps the mind work in sync with the body. How often do we find that we are unable to perform our activities properly and in a satisfying manner because of the confusions and conflicts in our mind weigh down heavily upon us? Moreover, stress which in reality is the #1 killer affecting all parts of our physical, endocrinal and emotional systems can be corrected through the wonderful yoga practice of meditation.
In fact yoga with meditation, because both work together in achieving the common goal of unity of mind, body and spirit help in achieving a state of eternal bliss.
The meditative practices through yoga help in achieving an emotional balance through detachment. What it means is that meditation creates conditions, where you are not affected by the happenings around you. This in turn creates a remarkable calmness and a positive outlook, which also has tremendous benefits on the physical health of the body.
These are just some of the tangible benefits that can be achieved through yoga.