As people of the 21st century, we hear a lot about the modern lifestyle we live and its undesirable effects on our health and society. Diseases brought by such a lifestyle, such as diabetes and chronic respiratory diseases, have broken out like an epidemic due to systemic yet necessary evils that afford us the conveniences of life in the modern age.
Humanity often finds itself progressing onward to new eras of prosperity because of the knowledge and learnings of our forefathers. In other words: sometimes we have to go backwards to go forwards. Thus, Yoga is (without a shadow of a doubt) indeed of relevance – an ancient practice that offers lasting remedies to the maladies of people living in this day and age. From alleviating medical conditions such as diabetes and hypertension to improving the quality of life for those struggling with obesity – Yoga offers a solution to almost all problems, provided one is dedicated and consistent in their practice.
Since prevention is better than cure, Yoga is not only a solution to problems but also a deterrent to physical ailments – thanks to its immunity-boosting properties. It prevents a dependency on medicines that do more harm than good in the long run and aids the removal of toxins from one’s system. Another aspect of Yoga is its emphasis on retrieving an internal equilibrium long lost in the modern lifestyle.
Amidst the stresses of modern life, physical ailments are not the only cause of concern. Mental health is the need of the hour, affecting one in four people worldwide – that amounts to over 800 million people across the globe. As we mentioned earlier, Yoga has many benefits for one’s physical health. A healthy mind resides in a healthy body – an often-forgotten cornerstone of alleviating the symptoms of several mental health disorders such as depression, anxiety, mood swing disorders, etc.
Yoga is also vital to one’s interaction with society and phenomenological experience of it. Accumulated stresses find release through the practice of Yoga and change the way we comprehend both our environment and the events that unfold before us in our immediate surroundings. Without this, one may suffer from what is colloquially termed as ‘mental fog’ – difficulty putting thoughts together, concentrating or remembering what you were doing. Yoga also improves one’s accessibility to the flow state, enhancing creativity and removing negative mental blocks to improve innovative thought and creation.
Lastly, Yoga is of utmost relevance because it offers health benefits to all – young and old, men and women alike! It helps children manage their anxiety, improve their emotional regulation, boost their self-esteem, increase body awareness and mindfulness, enhance concentration and memory, develop strength and flexibility, teach discipline, and reduce impulsivity. It helps the elderly obtain better sleep habits, improve strength and protect joints, control diabetes, reduce hypertension, improve mood and anxiety, help with chronic pain, relieve breathing and lung issues, enhance bone strength, sharpen the mind, and maintain bodily flexibility. It helps women during pregnancy and labour, reduces the symptoms of premenstrual syndrome, improves symptoms of menopause, helps those coping with gestational diabetes, improves heart health, delays the onset of Alzheimer’s disease, improves back pain and helps with symptoms of anxiety. In men, it promotes flexibility and mobility, all-over body strength and conditioning, focus and full-body awareness, aids in correcting body imbalance and injuries, reduces stress, improves digestion, boosts brain function, and better sleep.
For these reasons, Yoga is of utmost relevance in today’s world. Its broad umbrella of applications and remarkable effects are features that only bolster the integrity of such a claim.