There are those who love yoga and those who hate it. It´s amazing how though and challenging it can get and we cannot deny that it will give you an amazing workout.
Yoga is not my preferred type of exercise but I can´t deny that it has amazing benefits, I´ve practiced it for some months and I realized that the slow paced workouts and holding a pose for a number of seconds is not what I love to do in terms of exercise, it is though and challenging the part I liked about it was improving balance but I´m not thinking on doing it again, I love lifting weights and some cardio activities which is what I do almost every day and on my rest day I do stretching.
It´s true that yoga helps you improve flexibility, mobility and posture but the ones that make it an amazing exercise option is for improving balance and reducing mental health problems.
The mind-body connections when you are doing any pose needs to be at point, you need to be really focused and center on what you are doing otherwise you´ll lose your balance and fall off the pose you also need to get strong so that you can sustain your body weight in any pose and hold it.
Yoga workouts include meditation and breathing techniques that go hand in hand with the pose you are working on, all this combined encourage relaxation which is incredibly helpful to reduce stress it can also help to reduce depression, anxiety and improve mental health, the way yoga combines breathing, meditation and poses by creating harmony is what our bodies need to relax, calm down and stay in the present moment.
Yoga is not the same as stretching or calisthenics, even when we can use some of the exercises or poses from yoga as stretch exercises what gives yoga its plus is the breathing techniques, you can be stretching but if you don´t know how to breathe through the poses you´ll only be stretching, with yoga you learn to breathe and meditate, you are focused on your body, how your mind, body and soul connect is amazing you get in touch with yourself in a very deep level.
Yoga is a great way to get lean for people who doesn´t want to lift weight and do intense or long sessions of cardio and it´s also low impact, it is perfect for people how loves a physical activity that is more calming but that increases strength so that they can looked lean and toned without getting bulky. This is why it´s so popular among girls. and women.
I don´t know about any other type of exercise that combines physical activity with breathing techniques and meditation as a way to calm the mind and body, to relax you and lower stress while exercising. One way to improve anxiety and depression is to focus on yourself and to stay in the present moment not letting your mind wandering in the future or the past, yoga does this amazingly apart from breathing techniques and meditation during the workouts you need to be fully focus and present to maintain balance and hold the poses when you harmonize your body, mind, breathing, emotions is when you can start healing yourself.
With all this, your blood pressure lowers, it keep systems of your body like nervous system, immune system healthy, the hormones on your body are in balance, etc. so love it or hate it, it has amazing benefits not only to get in shape but for overall health. When our body is in synergy meaning when everything is connected and working in harmony at the same time is when amazing things happen.
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