Fitness is a journey. But for most of us, it’s not an easy one. We’ve tried tiresome diet plans and exhaustive workout routines, causing us more fatigue than benefits. Often, we make the mistake of limiting the horizons of fitness to the body and are in search of instant gratification. The goal should be to indulge in a fitness regime that focuses on an all-round growth and rejuvenation of not only the body but also the mind and soul. Dr. Manoj Kutteri, Wellness Director at Atmantan Wellness Centre says that yoga is one such practice that helps you achieve your fitness goals as well as nurtures your mind and aligns your inner chakras. It’s an amazing stress buster and more than being a mere workout regime it’s a way of life!
While one has to agree that everything has its pros and cons, it’s a popular opinion that Yoga as a lifestyle is more effective than a fatiguing gym workout. Here’s why:
Sleep, Yoga, Relax, Repeat
Yoga has proven to give an individual a deeper sleep that prepares you to face the challenges of the following day. The series of poses are designed to relieve the body of any negative energies without tiring it. Unlike conventional gym workouts, it won’t fatigue you to sleep. Instead, bring a balance to your sleeping patterns and sleep quality.
Various poses and meditations involved in the yoga routine help reduce stress and leaves your mind clearer. In contrast to the flashy lights and blaring music of the gym, yoga helps find peace and instead of the temporary release of stress guides an individual on how to deal with stress effectively.
Age, No Bar
Yoga is for everyone. It doesn’t come with the prerequisite of having a healthy body, it helps you build one. For an individual with bone-related issues, lifting weight might not be the smartest strategy for weight loss. On the other hand, yoga offers a battery of movements that allow the body to self-mend and recover.
Easy On The Pocket
While access to fancy equipment still costs the average person quite a dig in the pocket, meditation, and the downward dog comes for free! You don’t need fancy memberships to relax and rejuvenate, you can do it from the comfort of your home and save the money (and the muscle) in the process.
All About YOU
Yoga is an inward journey. The practice focuses majorly on the individual and makes them focus on themselves. The majority of yoga studios don’t have mirrors for this very reason, so as to feel the movement of every muscle and the pattern of your breathing. On the other hand, mirrors have been said to be the most overused equipment at the gym!
Yoga Is A Way Of Life
Not only does yoga make you lean and provides you with a plethora of health benefits, but it also helps you with acceptance and thereby makes an individual take more conscious decisions. It’s about self-improvement, a step by step process and not a competition with comrades as often witness in a gym atmosphere.
Yoga helps drown out distractions from the outside world. It focuses on breath, posture, and gaze. Practiced in silence, yoga helps one increase concentration and focus without being easily diverted by external forces.
The list is endless. But don’t take my word for it, practice the routine and experience it yourself, since one doesn’t really know until they try!
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