The purpose of sports psychology is to improve the effectiveness of the sport practiced; to provide guidelines for optimal use of the resources available; to achieve maximum results. Yoga is closely related to sports psychology, because it involves a two-way process: the body is a tool for achieving control over the mind and vice versa, the physiological processes of the body are controlled through control over the mind.
The main goal of sports psychology is to overcome weaknesses, as the main and most important weakness actually turns out to be the weakness of the mind; it is characterized by the inability of a person to remain concentrated in the present.
Yoga nurtures just that, putting all the fears, expectations, hopes, ambitions, responsibilities in the background and pays attention to psycho-emotional strength, endurance and concentration. Full concentration is obtained at the present time. When the mind is out of focus, when it is excited, symptoms such as lack of willpower, low self-esteem, poor memory, self-anger, emotional stress and sadness appear.
With the practice of yoga, these weaknesses can be completely overcome, the psyche and emotions can be kept stable, the quality of life can be improved and all talents and talents can be developed, which is actually the ultimate goal we must strive to achieve. harmony with the world and with oneself.
Here is the good start of 9 reasons why to give it a try:
- Yoga improves breathing. When practicing pranayama (breathing in yoga), the rate of breathing is controlled. It slows down, starting with a deep breath and a slow exhalation with a long pause. In this way, the amount of oxygen in the body increases, the lungs improve their capacity, and this leads to greater endurance of mental and physical stress.
- Regulates weight. Regular yoga practice successfully burns fat, leads to their natural loss and regulates metabolism. More calories are burned during sleep, and this is due to reduced stress in the body. Losing weight stays stable over time because yoga creates inner stability and promotes healthy eating habits.
- Copes with severe pain and other health related issues. Some postures in meditation and yoga can completely cure severe diseases such as multiple sclerosis, high blood pressure, autoimmune diseases, arthritis, etc., for which conventional medicine offers only supportive treatment.
- Improves body flexibility. Stretching different parts of the body is involved in many yoga poses and asanas. This improves tone and muscle flexibility, strengthens joints and improves movement. The posture of the body stands up when training the muscles of the back and neck.
- Strengthens the heart and improves blood circulation. When blood cells are well supplied with oxygen, they move more efficiently throughout the body. Yoga poses increase oxygen flow, reduce heart rate and strengthen the heart.
- Relieves stress. Yoga reduces the levels of the cortisol (hormone of stress) and promotes relaxation. This in turn lowers blood pressure, heart rate, improves digestion, relieves symptoms of anxiety, fatigue, insomnia, asthma, etc., overall improves immune system.
- Increases the strength of the body. In yoga poses and asanas, every muscle of the body is trained, thus increasing the total muscle mass, training the torso and improving the endurance of the body.
- Awareness of the present moment. Yoga helps people understand themselves better and sets the mind and body to work in sync. When a focus on breathing and muscles is achieved, a fuller awareness of the present moment occurs. This improves memory, concentration and enhances reactions.
- Contributes to peace of mind. Yoga relieves feelings of fear, depression, anxiety and stress. People begin to experience constant peace of mind. The mood rises and positive emotions take over in everyday life. This leads to a better self-awareness and connection between the mind and the body.
Let us vibrate higher!
Author: Yana Koteva