Is yoga all about flexibility or it’s much more?


If you are a Yogi, an advanced level Yoga learner or even if you are accustomed to just the basics of it then it’s no rocket science that you know Yoga increases flexibility. It surely does. But is it all about flexibility? Is there anything more to Yoga then flexibility? Even though flexibility in itself is very crucial for the body’s growth and well being but Yoga does much more than that…

As Rolf Gates rightly said,

“Yoga is not a work-out, it is a work-in. And this is the point of spiritual practice; to make us teachable, to open up our hearts and focus our awareness so that we can know what we already know and be who we already are.” 

As I have personally targeted flexibility at the very beginning then let’s talk about it first. There’s a myth famous in beginners, I prefer to call it fear of flexibility. It’s a common misconception that you need to be naturally flexible to even attempt to do yoga. That’s one fine escape from torture for beginners BUT it’s not true. We’re all built differently, and as far as stretching goes it’s all down to the different kinds of proteins that make up the tendons and ligaments that hold us together. So we have to stick what we got in our body structure. Flexibility through Yoga, on the other hand, is something that we have to built-in ourselves through peace of mind and constant practice. It’s different for everybody and everybody, but the more yoga you do, the more open you’ll become.

Benefits of Flexibility on one’s body:

Being more flexible has loads of extra benefits for your overall health and well-being.

How well you take care of your body is significant. Flexibility is about your opportunity to move. It’s tied in with having the option to move freely with comfort and ease. Flexibility is much more than just physically-challenging. Being able to stretch your body beyond the realms of what you thought possible has a huge mental benefit too. The opportunity of having the option to move easily, widely affects your prosperity.

When you become increasingly adaptable, you’ll begin to see that your body will be less achy after you work out. In case you’re young, this won’t occur to you (yet), however, you ought to get into a decent stretching daily schedule as soon as possible that you continue to keep yourself nimble as you get older.

Here are some Yoga poses that will help increase flexibility:

What more can yoga offer?

So the main deal for today is what more yoga offers us other than flexibility. Yoga has tones of benefits in terms of our psychological, metabolical, and structural growth. Here are some of the prominent ones:

Yoga prevents cartilage and joint breakdown:


Each time you practice yoga, you take your joints through their full scope of movement. This can help forestall degenerative joint inflammation or relieve inability by “pressing and drenching” territories of the ligament that typically aren’t utilized. Joint ligament resembles a wipe; it gets crisp supplements just when its liquid is pressed out and another stockpile can be absorbed. Without proper sustenance, neglected areas of cartilage can eventually wear out, exposing the underlying bone like worn-out brake pads.

Yoga increases blood flow:

Yoga gets your blood streaming. All the more explicitly, the unwinding practices you learn in yoga can support your course, particularly in your hands and feet. Yoga likewise gets more oxygen to your cells, which function better accordingly. Turning stances are thought to wring out venous blood from interior organs and permit oxygenated blood to flow in once the twist is released. Altered stances, for example, Headstand, Handstand, and Shoulderstand energize venous blood from the legs and pelvis to stream back to the heart, where it tends to be siphoned to the lungs to be newly oxygenated. This can help in the event that you have swelling in your legs from heart or kidney issues.

Yoga likewise lifts levels of hemoglobin and red platelets, which convey oxygen to the tissues. What’s more, it diminishes the blood by making platelets less clingy and by cutting the degree of cluster advancing proteins in the blood. This can prompt a decline in cardiovascular failures and strokes since blood clumps are often the reason for these executioners.

Yoga pumps up your mood:


A couple of minutes of yoga during the day can be an extraordinary method to dispose of pressure that aggregates day by day, in both the body and psyche. Yoga postures, pranayama, and meditation are compelling strategies to discharge stress. We all love to visit tranquil, peaceful spots, rich in natural beauty, and common magnificence. We make it a point to plan an excursion away from the chaos of the cityscape. Little do we understand that harmony can be discovered ideal inside us and we can take a scaled-down get-away to encounter this whenever we want! Benefit from a small holiday every day with yoga and meditation. Yoga is likewise probably the most ideal approaches to calm a disturbed mind.

Also, in light of the fact that Yoga is about nuance, balance, and posture, it carries harmony to our generally squirming personality and body. Robert. M. Pirsig properly stated, “The only Zen you find on the tops of mountains is the Zen you bring up there”.

Yoga maintains your nervous system:


Some advanced yogis can control their bodies in extraordinary ways. Many of which are mediated by the nervous system. Researchers have observed yogis who could actuate strange heart rhythms, create explicit mind wave examples, and, utilizing a contemplation strategy, lift the temperature of their hands by 15 degrees Fahrenheit. If they can use yoga to do that, perhaps you could learn to improve blood flow to your pelvis if you’re trying to get pregnant or induce relaxation when you’re having trouble falling asleep.

Yoga increases your self-esteem:


A significant number of us experience the ill effects of ceaseless low confidence. If you handle this negatively. Take drugs, overeat, work too hard, sleep around. You may pay the price in poorer health physically, mentally, and spiritually. In the event that you adopt a positive strategy and practice yoga, you’ll sense, initially in brief glimpses and later in increasingly continued perspectives, that you’re advantageous or, as a yogic way of thinking instructs, that you are a sign of the Divine.

On the off chance that you practice routinely with an aim of self-assessment and advancement. Not similarly as a substitute for a vigorous exercise class. You can get to an alternate side of yourself. You’ll encounter sentiments of appreciation, compassion, and pardoning, just as a feeling that you’re a piece of something greater. While better health is not the goal of spirituality, it’s often a by-product, as documented by repeated scientific studies.

Summing it all,

I hope this piece has given you a solid understanding of the many, many benefits of practicing yoga. Clearly, yoga is about much more than just “getting strong” or “getting flexible;” it’s about increasing our mind’s strength and flexibility as well. It’s about opening ourselves up to new opportunities and new perspectives and identifying some of our innermost thoughts, feelings, and goals to ensure we are living authentically and in harmony with our values.

P.s. If you are a beginner, then all you need is a good yoga mat and a good Yoga instructor. Trust me this really works. I am saying from experience. Last but not least, Kudos to my instructor for tolerating my tantrums and being so nice to me always 🙂

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