“Health is wealth, Peace of mind is happiness, Yoga shows the way.”
Swami Vishnudevananda

Staying healthy and fit is a desire many people have, and those who practice yoga are no different. However, there is a premise that yoga alone can maintain good health, which may seem like more of a marketing gimmick than a viable, exercise conclusion. However, yoga is far more than an exercise or sport. It represents and incorporates a fundamental balance of physical and mental performance. Students have found that a balanced yoga practice can be powerfully and surprisingly effective in improving and maintaining good health.
Fitness in general is a vague term used to define people being healthy and capable of performing the physical feats they want to on a regular basis. I have come to believe that a truly sustainable fitness and wellness practice can and should include the criteria of being able to encourage enhanced physical movement and abilities without pain, unhelpful and unnecessary strain, loss of breath, and strength.
Traditionally, many use cardiovascular exercise and weightlifting or resistance to develop a state of fitness. However, yoga can do the same as well, with added attention to the energetic and mental components of well-being. .

Yoga helps improve health in four different ways:

  • Cardiovascular performance
  • Strength-building
  • Flexibility
  • Improved body composition

Cardio

Many of yoga’s forms, movements and exercises uniquely designed to settle, strengthen and improve cardiovascular performance. The ability to breathe better and stronger is improved over time through coordinated breathing exercises will holding positions, stretches and more. That, over time, helps create a stronger internal system for bringing oxygen into the body. It also helps reduce heart problems, cholesterol buildup, and weak blood vessels. The more pressure the body pushes through the cardiovascular system, the stronger the heart and related blood vessels become as a result.

Strength

Clearly, long-term yoga redefines the body and its ability to hold positions, weight, angles and forms. Using the body’s own weight as resistance, the entire body from the core to the legs and arms build up capacity. That in turn provides strength to do more and more, even when a person grows older. Pulled muscles, strains and sprains, and ligament twists don’t happen near as much, even when active, because regular yoga provides consistent stretching and strength-building year round. The muscle-building also helps a person burn more calories everyday as well, reducing or preventing weight gain with a good diet.

Better Flexibility

Yoga is well known for developing good flexibility in practitioners, especially in the back, core, and limbs. This type of stretching and position-holding helps people perform better without tissue or ligament tears that become common with older age. Increased stretching also allows the body’s muscles to handle greater strain without weakness as they can be stretched farther without damage.

Overall Body Makeup

Yoga provides a comprehensive approach to body development and balance. As a result, it will, over time, change a person’s body composition to perform better. This includes increased muscle mass, better flexibility, better breathing and reduced fat. It also helps of course to adjust one’s diet and not engaging in damage behavior such as smoking. That said, yoga can definitely create a far better physical makeup with consistent practice and application. That, in turn, improves mental confidence and capacity, which improves mental outlook as well. The two become a circle of improvement, moving a person to a better and better stage of overall well being.

In Summary 

No system can be a perfect solution for overall health maintenance. People still get sick, catch viruses and grow older. Because Yoga is a time honored, multifaceted system that addresses the whole self a confectioner can select and adapt the techniques and practice that best serve their wellness needs and goal in any point in time .So many report Yoga practice can help, often in remarkable ways, improve a person’s overall health, which in turn may create long-term benefits in overall happiness. These improvements can contribute to a more active and balanced lifestyle and therefore a better physical maintenance of the body. So many have found that Yoga helps contribute to enjoying life more, staying healthier, and a better mental outlook. When so much of being fit and healthy involves balance of the body and mind, yoga is definitely an approach worth looking into for long-term health.