Stress! Depression! Anxiety! These words are common in India now. The World Health Organisation (WHO) has called stress the health epidemic of the 21st century. According to The Hindu, “The stress assessment shows that 18,278 people were engaged, out of which 19 percent were found to be experiencing severe levels of stress, and about 70 percent were found to be approaching the danger zone and were extremely vulnerable.” The stress level in India is higher than in other developed countries. 9 out of 10 (about 89%) Indians suffer from stress, all the way from bottom employees to the top bosses. Among them, 75 percent say that they don’t feel comfortable talking about their stress to health professionals and the consultation fee presents a barrier for them. Luckily health researchers have found an easy solution for this. Yes, that’s right! It’s yoga! Yoga is very useful in treating many disorders including stress-related problems.
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What is Yoga?
Yoga is the union of physical, mental and spiritual health originated in ancient India. Yoga is well known for its unique poses, controlled breathing techniques, meditation, and physical exercise. The main aim of yoga is a healthy body with a healthy mind. There are different types of yoga followed in India such as Hatha Yoga, Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga, Bikram Yoga, Power Yoga, Buddhist Yoga, and more. International Yoga Day is celebrated worldwide this 21st of June to raise awareness about yoga and to encourage everyone to practice yoga!
Why should practice Yoga?
Simple! Yoga makes you feel better and happy. The beauty of the yoga is that everyone can benefit from it! Regular yoga practice will improve body flexibility and fitness, control depression, anxiety, and stress-related health problems like Asthma, heart diseases, obesity, diabetes, and so on. In addition, it has the ability to provide self-control, cultivate willpower, promotes self-awareness, improves memory power, and enhance better sleep. Practicing yoga just for once hour a week will give benefits. Two or three times a week, each time for an hour or more was suggested to experience more benefits.
Who would practice yoga?
Well… Almost everyone in India! As mentioned above, about 89% of Indians suffer from stress. According to The Times of India, the health care professionals, people working in the hospitality industry, military personnel, maintenance workers, and social workers are classified as the most stressful careers in India. Stress and anxiety can affect an individual’s behavior, thoughts, and feelings which can lead to a decrease in their physical well-being. Yoga is an effective tool to manage these psychological aspects and increase physical health. Every gentle body movement of yoga can reduce the physical tension, gives peace of mind, and develop creative thinking. You definitely don’t need to be the best at yoga to experience the amazing benefits it gives you!
Where is the best place to take yoga in Mumbai?
Practicing yoga at home using the internet is a good idea. It saves time, energy and money tremendously. But, based on some individuals experience, practicing yoga at yoga classes is quite safe and beneficial. While attempting advanced poses, there’s a high chance of causing injury. The well-trained teacher can guide you safely.
In Mumbai, The Yoga Institute, Shiv Holistic Yoga and Yogacara are the three best Yoga Classes identified by the independent ranking site, ThreeBestRated®. They use their 50-point inspection which includes reviews, history, complaints, reputation, costs, etc. So, from today, everyone should start practicing yoga and get excellent benefits!
Article by: Swetha Krishnan, Freelance Writer, ThreeBestRated®