We are living in the 21st century, where the world is full of chaos, with issues and multiple problems surrounding us constantly. In such a dreadful scenario, it is not only our physical health that suffers but also our mental health. Whether noticed or not, our mind and body’s well-being goes through a lot of challenges as the clock ticks each day. And if these challenges are not addressed, it can lead to severe diseases in the future.

Therefore, it is of utmost importance to take thorough care of our mental and physical health. And this is where yoga and meditation step in! The application of these two as a daily physical practice has been quite popular since ancient times and is considered to be a perfect solution for all sorts of problems occurring in the human body.

Meditation & yoga are not new to India. What is new is the interest shown in it by the younger generations and the popular media. As per the studies the regular practice of yoga and meditation to alleviate stress and anxiety. It also has a direct impact on physiological factors such as blood pressure, heart rate, and oxygen consumption. The sum total of which is achieving happiness!

According to the Ananda Organization, “Yoga means union. Etymologically, it is connected to the English word, yoke. Yoga means union with God, or union of the little, ego-self with the divine Self, the infinite Spirit.

Yoga is an art as well as a science. It is a science, because it offers practical methods for controlling body and mind, thereby making deep meditation possible. And it is an art, for unless it is practiced intuitively and sensitively it will yield only superficial results.”

Here are some of its benefits -

1. Improves Flexibility
Moving and stretching in new ways will help you become more flexible, bringing a greater range of motion to tight areas

2. Builds Strength
Holding these poses over the course of several breaths helps build muscular strength.
3. Increases Muscle Tone and Definition
As a by-product of getting stronger, you can expect to see increased muscle tone.

4. Improves Balance
Improved balance is one of the most important benefits of yoga as you get older.

5. Prevents Back Pain
Increased flexibility and strength can help prevent the causes of some types of back pain.

6. Teaches Better Breathing
Yoga breathing exercises, called pranayama, focus our attention on breathing and teach us how to take deeper breaths, which benefits the entire body.

7. Fosters Mental Calmness
Yoga asana practice is intensely physical. Concentrating so intently on what your body is doing has the effect of bringing calmness to your mind.

How yoga helps with stress is similar to a self-soothing technique in that it activates the parasympathetic nervous system (relaxation response), and creates a calm and relaxed mind. When the relaxation response is elicited, stress levels decrease and oxytocin (the feel-good hormone) is released to support mind relaxation.

Meditation is an adventurous route to self-discovery as it escalates the awareness of that which is essentially happening in front of your own eyes. With meditation, you are able to reconnect with your inner soul and essence. The connection affects one’s daily life, automatically resulting in increased creativity, improved health, fulfilling relationships, and enthusiasm for life.

Here are some of its benefits -
Meditation balances the body, mind, and soul
●After practicing it for a specific period of time, you will start noticing that the body is better aligned to its emotions
●Practicing daily meditation increases the blood flow level
●Practicing regular meditation helps the blood in flowing adequately to different parts of the body, boosting hemoglobin levels and red blood cells
●Boosting the immune system
●Vicariousness improves the immune function, helping in fighting from different auto-immune diseases like psoriasis, lupus, etc. Active meditation strengthens the lungs. Different lung disorders can be easily solved by practicing different breathing exercises helping in pumping more blood and oxygen in the lungs.
●Yes! It gives you peace of mind. Doing meditation on a daily basis helps in getting rid of those troubles that we face to overcome the mental stress that occurs because of relationships, work, etc.
●Meditation soothes the pain. In case of any sort of physical body pain, meditation classes help in eliminating the problem of arthritis, fibromyalgia, back pain, sinus, and other chronic disorders.

Do you feel on edge, tired, stressed, or frustrated? Meditation is an ancient mind-body practice that promotes relaxation and well-being. Research shows that meditation may have stress-relieving psychological and physical health benefits that include reduced blood pressure, anxiety, insomnia, and depression.

Anushka Sharma, an Indian actress meditates every day twice a day for an added boost to her mind and body. She says, “Meditation works wonders for me when it comes to beating stress.”

Oprah Winfrey, the talk show host & producer, has been practicing meditation since 2011. She begins and ends her day with it. She encouraged her colleagues too to practice meditation, with stunning results. “And you can’t imagine what has happened in the company. People who used to have migraines, don’t. People are sleeping better. People have better relationships. People interact with other people better. It’s been fantastic,” she says.

We at Happy Ho (Noida) are a small team passionate about what we do. We are in the business of enhancing happiness and increasing the Happiness Quotient and Emotional Quotient video and we are serious about it. We have observed that many who join the happiness movement and want to be really happy are confused as to which way to head, what steps to take and what next.

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