Yoga is much more than a simple fad. Unlike things such as Billy Blanks’ Cardio kickboxing or other short lived workouts that flashed in the pan for a year before disappearing, yoga has a certain level of consistency and commitment from people who have started doing it.
That simple fact should let you know that it is a worthwhile endeavor to undertake for fitness.
Things that work and are enjoyable end up having a long shelf life in the realm of fitness and exercise. Yoga definitely falls into that category. There are a ton of benefits you can get from doing regular yoga sessions that include:
- Muscle tone
- Reduction of stress or tension
- Improved balance and posture
- Improved concentration
Yoga originated thousands of years ago in India. The development was a form of body healing to create a balance between the mind, body, and spirit. While spiritual in nature, the common practice of this form of exercise focuses more on the practical aspects of your body with the mind and spirit being secondary by-products of the experience.
In essence yoga is a form of mediation. Generally speaking mediation is a great way to help focus your mind, improve concentration, and relieve stress. With improved concentration most people have more effective workouts. Along with focusing your mind, you learn to hold various postures. To do this your body requires concentration, balance, strength, and stamina.
As you progress in regular yoga sessions your body will respond to the challenge with increased balance (from the mind-body connection) to go with increased stamina and strength required to hold these positions for longer and longer periods. You also learn proper breathing techniques to be used during the session.
Unlike other types of exercise, yoga is very low impact. After initial sessions that incur muscle soreness and fatigue, you can easily begin to practice yoga daily. Whereas you might be exhausted after a brutal weight or cardio workout, yoga practitioners often find themselves feeling refreshed after a good session. Plus there are a hugh variety of yoga styles practiced in the U.S.
Yoga is a great type of workout. For certain people it will be all they need. For others it will be of great benefit in conjunction with other types of exercise. Having seen many people transformed through the use of yoga, it does seem like something worthwhile to investigate. In the very least, the increased flexibility and strength will help with back pain and stress relief. The environment is typically very low-key and relaxed. Unlike other programs that require a lot of energy and noise, most yoga programs are more peaceful and relaxed.
If it sounds interesting then you should give it a try. You might find yourself hooked on this gentle style of exercise that is one of the oldest types of training in the world. Millions of other practitioners can’t be wrong, can they?