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Why We can Prefer Yoga Over Exercise

... Arunima Bose

Though for many people yoga is also a form of exercise, the outcome of yoga is entirely different from any other form of exercise. Yoga with all its lying around and stretching, delivers a host of other health benefits. Here are just a few reasons that why it is better than any other exercise.

Yoga benefits the mind, body and spirit.

Yoga has a holistic effect on the body compared to exercise where we need to work on individual body parts separately. Moreover Yoga works on our brain and changes our life because we are what we think. Yoga helps tone our body but while it’s doing that, it also helps us to be truly in the moment and infuses our spirit with positive energy. A gym workout is focused primarily on improving your body’s physical condition.

Yoga Perfects Your Posture:

Studies have shown that Yoga has significant impact when it comes to improving our posture. Yoga improves our body awareness and strengthens the core and lengthens the spine. Some of the asanas that can do wonders to our posture by strengthening our core are: Mountain Pose (Tadasana), Standing Forward Bend (Uttanasana), Cobra Pose (Bhujangasana), Hero Pose (Virasana), Child’s Pose (Balasana) and Locust Pose (Salabhasana).

Yoga Helps Improve Flexibility

One of the most obvious benefit of yoga is that it helps significantly improve our body’s flexibility.  As we stick with our yoga routine we start to feel a gradual loosening all over. Postures which appeared impossible become our second nature. Flexibility, in turn, brings strength, endurance and power. Some of the yoga asanas which have direct impact on our flexibility are: Head-to-Knee Forward Bend(Janu Sirsasana) Intense Side Stretch Pose (Parsvottanasana), Lord of the Dance Pose (Natarajasana), One-Legged King Pigeon Pose (Eka Pada Rajakapotasana), Pigeon Pose (Kapotasana), Seated Forward Bend(Paschimottanasana) among others.

Yoga Makes You Happier

The mind-body connection created in yoga facilitates change at a cellular level. Scientists and physicians have found compelling evidence that the brain and body send messages to each other through neuropeptides and receptors. Our nervous systems are what we're tapping into in yoga. The deep breathing practiced in yoga activates the parasympathetic nervous system, producing a calming, relaxed effect. When we weave positive intention into our movements, we are imprinting these thoughts, not only into our minds, but into our bodies. Much of our unhappiness as humans comes from our negative thoughts or feelings. A full practice of yoga, including meditation, gently removes the weights of negative thoughts from our minds and our bodies and reshape our attitudes, views, and thoughts. 

Yoga Means No injuries

Unlike exercise which is an out and out physical activity, in yoga, we learn to unite our body and mind. This allows us to move with ease and pay attention to how our body is feeling at all times, so we move in a way that feels good for us and not one that puts us in places our body doesn’t want to be. As a consequence, we experience an injury-free, strong, healthy outcomes. It’s important, however, that we practice yoga under the supervision of a good trainer so that we get the postures right.

You can do Yoga Anywhere

This one is a no brainer of course! One of the best parts about yoga is we don’t need a specific set up or any machinery. All we need is our body and a place and we are set to go. If you are used to doing Yoga under the guidance of your Trainer, then also lots of options are available these days for example you can go online and learn from the best of Yoga trainers from across the world. Or go can choose from lots of high quality video courses or Apps and get moving with your Yoga schedule.Why We can Prefer Yoga Over Exercise

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