Yoga is a healing system of theory and practice, with both physical and mental disciplines practiced to attain control of body and mind, especially through a series of postures, breathing exercises and meditation. Its purpose is to create strength, awareness and harmony in both the mind and body. Like other meditative movement practices, it is used for health purposes.
Yoga has an array of health benefits such as increased flexibility, muscle strength and tone, improved respiration, energy and vitality and maintenance of a balanced metabolism. Many people who practice yoga do so to maintain their health and wellbeing, improve physical fitness, relieve stress and enhance quality of life. In addition, they may be addressing specific health conditions such as back pain, neck pain, arthritis and anxiety.
A few minutes of yoga can leave a person energized all day long and add an extra hour to your day. When one meditates, the same work that is normally performed within four hours can be done in two hours. This is because a person acquires tremendous amount of energy, which improves function and enables them to be focused on their work.
A working person can incorporate yoga into their work day by taking a yoga class at a nearby facility in the work location – such as a fitness centre, during lunch break or in the evening after work. For a working person who works long hours, simple yoga stretches can be done at the office desk to relax tired muscles. Stretches that can be done include:
- Rotating wrists, neck and ankles clockwise and anti-clockwise in turns.
- Doing back stretches
- Taking the stairs instead of the lift or escalator wherever possible
- Walking while having long phone conversations.
- Doing a few simple breathing exercises
- Taking a few minutes off to do an online meditation.