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In order to grasp fully the benefits of Yoga, the surest way is to try some simple some Asanas for a period long enough as to personally experience the difference a little practice can make to one’s well-being. Incredulously, it does not take long: within a week or two, even 20 minutes daily will accrue significant results.
Why so? Well, apart from the obvious benefits which are derived out of every model that involves physical activity, the uniqueness of Yoga as a scientific system
developed over thousands of year in observation and practice, provides the yogi with stimulation and re-balancing of the endocrine & nervous systems which in turn influences all internal organs and other systems within the body. Furthermore, Yoga practice includes steps, which leads us to observe and enhance consciously our inner world, thus assisting concentration, mental equilibrium, a general relaxed poise and harmonious attitude to our environment and ourselves.

The daily practice of Asanas, Pranayama and meditation can counter the effects of a variety of ailments. Research has been done on many forms of practice and favourable results were reported for conditions from asthma to arthritis, from diabetes to high blood pressure, and from digestive disorders to heart conditions. Laboratory tests have proved yogis’ abilities to consciously control autonomic or involuntary functions, such as temperature, heartbeat and blood pressure.

Yoga acts both as a curative and preventive therapy. Contrary to the universally excepted axiom that says becoming weak and sick is age-given, we should understand that largely, the ageing process is caused by self-poisoning. The body has an amazing regenerating capacity built in to its natural processes and mechanisms and Yoga can assist stimulating this often burdened and abused complex and re-engage the rejuvenation process, which is a component of our natural state. By keeping the body clean, flexible and well lubricated, we can significantly reduce the catabolic process of cell deterioration.

Yoga effects on the body are somewhat difficult to study with normal methoded - isolating psycho/physical benefits as researched in laboratory studies, simply because regular Yoga practice works on several systems simultaneously. Another difficulty stems from the fact that there are many different types of Yoga (a recent research in the USA alone has identified 27 different styles taught and practised, ranging from very gentle meditative forms to the variety of the intense Vinyasa styles). However, enough research and observation have been done to note that Yoga provides benefits at all levels of our being: Physical, emotional, mental and spiritual:

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All these benefits on the physical, emotional and mental aspects of our well-being are no doubt important contributions to one’s life. Amazingly, they could all be considered ‘side effects’ for the Yoga practitioner.
Why is that so? The practice of Yoga as we most people know it – Asana & Pranayama – those are really just the preliminary step-stones meant to prepare the practitioner for the internal journey of meditation and the deepening of comprehension of the ultimate reality – the
Brahman Atman. Though very few people indeed ever get close to that ultimate state of Atman Bodh – so called the realisation of the Self – there is no doubt that serious Yoga practice, more than anything, is a spiritual practice. Many benefits are derived from any spiritual practice, mainly because at the heart of such practice are the elements of grace, wonder and gratitude, all qualities which greatly contribute to the state of happiness.

Although it is hard to conceive we can completely dedicate ourselves to the spiritual journey of Yoga, any regular practice can definitely provide spiritual mettle and serenity:

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