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Yoga And Exercise Having Difference

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Yoga And Exercise Having Difference

If you are thinking of enrolling in a certain form of exercise with the objective of making yourself feel and look better you should consider yoga exercises. In this article, I am going to discuss why Yoga and other exercises are different.

Different Objectives/Goals
Even though Yoga is a type or form of an exercise, it offers much more than what you'd get from a normal physical exercise. While most exercises e.g. weight lifting and running aims to achieve weight loss or to develop a stronger body, yoga is more of a holistic approach to develop body and mind awareness that can increase the quality of life.

A Spiritual Practice
Yoga is sometimes defined as a spiritual exercise or practice. It was first started in India around 6,000 years ago and is grounded on an antediluvian philosophy that combines several routines and concepts. Unlike, the usual exercises which purely follow the principles of physical training, yoga involves breath control, self-reflections, meditations and practices of physical postures that create flexibility, strength and the ability to fully concentrate. Yoga focuses on body, soul and mind concurrently, while exercises basically seeks to improve the body

Invigorating Vrs Calming
Yoga exercises also known as postures or asanas are usually applied to the whole anatomy of a living body, while normal exercises often concentrates on a particular part of the body. Additionally, yoga aims to eliminate pain and reduce stress as well as improving the internal body functions. Yoga exercises usually develop a flow between each posture with the main aim of helping you release tightness in the muscles and regain your energy. The combination of steady breaths and a fluid chain of movements enable your muscles to receive oxygen and mind to remain concentrated hence, making you feel calm and relaxed.

Flexibility Vrs Strength
Exercises are very effective in developing strong muscles. However, muscles development can cause shortened muscles, making you inflexible. This is particularly common with weight training, as it draws and develops huge muscle mass away from the bone. Yoga on the other hand, supports skeleton by evenly pulling muscle mass onto the bone. Asanas or yoga postures develop strong and lean muscles which are usually caused by the stretching, twisting and bending of the body. Asanas lengthens and tones your muscles and develops muscle strength by using the body as a weight.

The Benefits
Yoga has some benefits that can't be achieved or compared with the benefits/achievements attained from exercises. The twists and bends experienced in yoga massage usually helps digestion and internal functions, while the numerous poses causes the different glands in the body to activate the endocrine system in the body resulting to a balanced hormonal levels. Yoga also improves the respiratory process by promoting correct breathing practices as well as reducing stress by calming the nervous system.

So if you are searching for a type of an exercise that works effectively on both the mind and the body, and one that can easily fit to your daily routine, then yoga is the exercise for you Its ever increasing popularity means that you are likely to find a gym or a yoga center offering yoga classes in your area.

Author Bio:

Alissa Jones is a Passionate blogger. She works on behalf of Ni card. She has been writing contents on the web professionally since 2006. As an avid reader and blogger, she shares her experience through her articles on Travel, Education, Technology, Parenting and many more.

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  1. Yoga is such a great way to push your body and expand your spirituality! I practice a little but have been considering signing up for classes at a local studio so I can learn more- great article btw! ;D



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