Not Just Yoga (II) - Psychological and physical effects of yoga version 2013

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Published on December 1, 2013

Author: rainjitananda



Slides of Dada Rainjitananda's presentation of the series "Not Just Yoga". The topic is the Psychological and Physical Effects of Yoga. The recording of the live online presentation is here:

Psychological and Physical Effects of Yoga Presented by Dada Rainjitananda

Yoga • Nowadays Yoga is recommended • by psychologists • and physicians • to improve health in various kinds of diseases.

Yoga • It has become common knowledge that practicing Yoga • • • • makes one relax and be more peaceful, less anxious and less stressed.

Yoga • Most people take these facts for granted and do not try to understand why Yoga is so beneficial.

Benefits of Yoga • The following are the benefits of Yoga • as listed by the International Association of Yoga Therapists • and is based on the traditional practice of Asana, Pra’n’a’ya’ma’ and Meditation.

Physiological benefits of Yoga • Stable autonomic nervous system equilibrium, with a tendency toward parasympathetic nervous system dominance rather than the usual stress-induced sympathetic nervous system dominance • Pulse rate decreases • Respiratory rate decreases • Blood pressure decreases

Physiological benefits of Yoga • Galvanic Skin Response (GSR) increases • EEG - alpha waves increase (theta, delta, and beta waves also increase during various stages of meditation) • EMG (Electromyographic) activity decreases • Cardiovascular efficiency increases

Physiological benefits of Yoga • Respiratory efficiency increases (respiratory amplitude and smoothness increase, tidal volume increases, vital capacity increases, breath-holding time increases) • Gastrointestinal function normalizes • Endocrine function normalizes • Excretory functions improve • Musculoskeletal flexibility and joint range of motion increase

Physiological benefits of Yoga • Posture improves • Weight normalizes • Strength and resiliency increase • Sleep improves • Endurance increases • Energy level increases • Immunity increases • Pain decreases

Psychological Benefits of Yoga • • Mood improves and subjective well-being increases • Self-acceptance and self-actualization increase • Social adjustment increases • Anxiety and depression decrease • Hostility decreases

Psychological Benefits of Yoga • • Psychomotor functions improve: • • Grip strength increases • Dexterity and fine skills improve • Eye-hand coordination improves • Choice reaction time improves • Steadiness improves • Depth perception improves • Balance improves • Integrated functioning of body parts improves

Psychological Benefits of Yoga Cognitive function improves: • Attention improves • Concentration improves • Memory improves • Learning efficiency improves • Symbol coding improves • Depth perception improves • Flicker fusion frequency improves

The Biochemical Profile • The biochemical profile improves, indicating an antistress and antioxidant effect, important in the prevention of degenerative diseases. • • Glucose decreases • Sodium decreases • Total cholesterol decreases • Triglycerides decrease • HDL cholesterol increases • LDL cholesterol decreases • VLDL cholesterol decreases

The Biochemical Profile • • Hemoglobin increases • Lymphocyte count increases • Total white blood cell count decreases • • Vitamin C increases • Total serum protein increases • Oxytocin increases • Oxygen levels in the brain increase

Yoga Compared to Conventional Exercise • YOGA • EXERCISE • Parasympathetic nervous system dominates • Sympathetic nervous system dominates • Slow dynamic and static movements • Rapid forceful movements • Increased muscle tension • Higher risk of injury • • Normalization of muscle tone Low risk of injuring muscles and ligaments

Yoga Compared to Conventional Exercise • YOGA • EXERCISE • Low caloric consumption • • Effort is minimized, relaxed Moderate to high caloric consumption • Effort is maximized • • Energizing (breathing is natural or controlled) Balanced activity of opposing muscle groups • • Fatiguing (breathing is taxed) Imbalanced activity of opposing groups

Yoga Compared to Conventional Exercise • YOGA • EXERCISE • Noncompetitive, processoriented • Competitive, goal-oriented • Awareness is external (focus is on reaching the toes, reaching the finish line, etc.) • Boredom factor • Awareness is internal (focus is on breath and the infinite) • Limitless possibilities for growth in self-awareness

Why does Yoga practice give so many benefits?

Why do people start Yoga? • To relax • To remove stress • For physical health • For mental health • For spiritual reasons

People want to feel good • This is basically what brings people to Yoga. • Feeling good • Peaceful

When do you feel good? • When you get what you want • When you are in peace within

Physical discomfort • Hampers one’s feeling of well-being. • Diseases • Physical imbalance

How we take care of the body? • Exercising • Good food • Good environment

Physical/Psychic Body • One may exercise and be in good shape or fit but if one suffers from shyness then one’s life will not be easy. • Shyness maybe something mental but according to Yoga it is caused by improper secretion of hormones on the adrenal glands.

Characteristics of Humans • There is a desire that differentiate human beings from animals and plants. • One is that human beings want to expand. • Infinite expansion

Characteristics of Humans • The second is that we want to feel one with the Cosmic Entity. • While humans are limited • Cosmic Entity is limitless, infinite

Characteristics of Humans • The third is that we want to do something noble, something great.

Characteristics of Humans • And the fourth is that we want to enjoy peace, undisturbed infinite peace.

Yoga • Works on all levels of human existence: • Physical • Endocrine system • Mental • Spiritual

Yoga • Works on all 4 characteristics of humans: • Expansion • Oneness with the Cosmic Entity • Do something noble • Enjoy infinite peace



For more information • • • retreats: • Twitter: @sosdada • • Video recording of the live presentation using these slides:

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