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Top 5 reasons why yoga is better than Gym

Yoga is an ancient Indian art which has been extensively researched by the Western world.

According to the healthcare practitioners, it is considered as one of easiest ways to maintain a healthy lifestyle. They believe that busy schedules have made people opt for a workout regime that involves joining gyms and doing lift ups rather than the simple exercises which involve meditation.

According to yogis, this sensual workout isn’t merely physical exercise or a means of achieving physical fitness. It goes beyond that as it helps you connect to your own body and venture into realms that you can’t imagine. It’s about rhythm and coordination of Mind and Body- an excellent way to relieve all the stress built up in our busy lives.

If one firmly sticks to a regular yoga routine and commits just 20 minutes of the day for breathing and stretching exercises which majorly make up the yoga workout session then you can notice that it will not only increase your concentration span and help you to focus better but you will also make you sleep peacefully.

Here is a comparative list of Top 5 reasons why Yoga is better than going to gym and how “I don’t have time” is an excuse to be refrained from if you want to better your life.

1) You can do it Anywhere:

One of the best parts about yoga is you don’t need a specific set up or any machinery. All you need is your body and a place and you are set to go. It can be on a hilltop or on a beach. You can lay down your mat and practice Yoga anywhere and anytime you want, once you have learnt the postures and exercises involved. On the other hand Gyms are very restrictive in time and space contexts. So, at the end of the day Yoga does save time which is very precious to our busy lives.

2) Teaches Balance:

Yoga teaches a certain balance in life and within your body as well. It’s well known that yoga provides a sort of stability to the body and mind but at the same time if you contrast this to the working of a Gym you will realize that Yoga is much more person-friendly. It gives you space to be with yourself. As you develop your physical fitness you are not leaving the growth of your inner space your inner core behind.

3) Increases Brain Activity:

Neha Gothe is the professor of kinesiology at Wayne University at Detroit. She at multiple times has said that the true potentials of Yoga have not been explored and researched properly however it was seen that people who practiced yoga were better able to focus on the tasks at hand following a Yoga session than people who were doing the aerobics or Gym for the same duration of time. It’s said that the isomeric contraction and relaxation of the body muscles results in people having increased concentration spans during and after their Yoga sessions.

 4) It is not a Competition:

Joining a Gym is a competitive venture from the start. Either we are competing against ourselves or working out for a specific goal like losing weight, gaining shape or toning the muscles. We are constantly comparing our physical growth to those around us or to ourselves at a previous point in time thus making the entire exercise a lost cause in terms of achieving a stable lifestyle or maintaining a peaceful aura. Yoga on the other side is entirely non-competitive in nature. People aren’t obsessed with losing weight or competing with others for the same but are rather involved in the activity which makes it fun, light and relaxing.

5) Teaches you to Breathe:

Breathing is an essential. We live because we breathe. Mostly we are completely unaware of our breathing (because no one ever taught us how to breath, right?) or of the difference that breathing make in our lives. Gym classes and cardiac exercises have no consideration for breathing beyond the structure of the exercise while Yoga helps you really discover your breathing pattern and thus develops your breathing in a way that is most apt for your body. Yoga practitioners have claimed to have cured posture related pains and various ailments just by controlling the breathing.

So if you are considering about joining the rat race and enrolling yourself in a gym along with hiring a personal trainer, give a second thought to going through yoga tutorials available online, free of cost and learn to enjoy while relaxing through your workout sessions. Wish you a serene life!

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