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Why is Yoga better than going to the gym?

Updated: Oct 29, 2020

Yoga not only works on the outside to give you a perfectly toned body, but it also works on your inside – on your circulatory system, on your respiratory system, on your hormonal systems, on your digestive system to synchronize your bodily functions. It also works on reducing stress through breath and relaxation. At a subtler, more subconscious level, yoga also works on your prana, the vital life force purifying your body and mind.


Asanas have healing properties. The benefits are endless, but the ones I consider most important are listed here.


PHYSICAL BENEFITS

  1. When you do inverted postures you kick-start circulation. This not only prevents ailments such as obesity, peripheral vascular disease and high blood cholesterol, but also rejuvenates and revitalizes your systems.

  2. Chest-expanding asanas help you breathe correctly and release tension

  3. Twisting postures massage the internal organs of your body

  4. Asanas work on muscles to free them of lactic acid and release tension.

  5. Asanas work on lymphatic systems to detoxify your body.

  6. Per Ayurveda, the stomach is where all diseases begin and end, so doing regular yoga helps in keeping your digestive system strong.

  7. Asanas work on balancing the hormonal systems leading to better skin, hair and regular menstrual cycles

EMOTIONAL BENEFITS

  1. Hormonal balance leads to more balanced moods.

  2. Certain asanas work on the pancreas, stabilizing blood sugar levels.

  3. 3 Asanas stimulate the release of happy hormones like serotonin or endorphins, hormones which make us feel good.

SUBCONSCIOUS BENEFITS

  1. Mental control instils discipline.

  2. Focus

  3. Concentration

  4. Creative high (this book is hopefully a testament to this.

Some tips for your asana practise as you embark on your yoga Journey:
  1. Push yourself, but never too much. You should always be steady and mindful in your asana practise. Like relationships, yoga positions require work but they should never be forced.

  2. Yoga cannot, and will not lead, to injuries if you are self-aware.

  3. Always use your breath. Th is is important. Without synchronizing your breath, movement in yoga and asana practise is not as benefi cial.

  4. Yoga is not gymnastics. It involves slow, balanced movements that focus on the steady rhythm of the body with the breath.

  5. Yoga is not about achieving complex asanas. It is far more benefi cial to gain mastery over the simple ones as a solid foundation to a healthy yoga practise.

  6. Relaxation is a critical part of yoga. Make sure you do Shavasana frequently.



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