Published on December 1, 2013
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 • www.pathofbliss.com • www.dadas.info • retreats: http://pathofbliss.com/events/bliss-retreat/ • Twitter: @sosdada • https://www.facebook.com/pobmeditation • Video recording of the live presentation using these slides: https://sellfy.com/p/rQ8q/
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