While the majority of adults currently state that they do not participate in weekly exercises activities due to a lack of time, millions of people are reaping the benefits that yoga can provide.
Years ago yoga was referred to as an activity much like Tai Chi that was common for women to practice as a relaxation therapy.
While that may be true as far as being compared to Tai Chi, it is not just for women and it can effect the way your body looks, feels and thinks.
Yoga is not your average gym workout as it does not require any machines, heavy weight lifting or extreme cardio activity.
That is what makes yoga so amazing as it has the ability to transform your body much like those other more vigorous workouts can, but without all of the additional stress on your joints and increased endurance needed to take part in them. You can be at any fitness level and begin to take up a yoga program. It is for the young and old and many people with disabilities can also join in on the fun.
Yoga is a practice of posing your body into stretching positions and holding them there for a few seconds or minutes while utilizing the set breathing patterns.
It sounds easy because it is easy, you can burn calories by doing yoga as well as change the entire shape of your body. Most forms of yoga will burn up to 300 calories per hour, with some advanced types of yoga burning over 600 calories.
While practicing yoga you will gain an increased level of flexibility which can greatly help you in other daily activities.
Imagine having chronic back pain that causes you to experience difficulty just to bend over and tie your shoes, or to simply get up and out if bed each morning. It is chronic pains such as those that can be repaired rather quickly through yoga.
Begin at your own pace and only perform the poses that you can do with very little effort at first.
Gradually increase your level of yoga poses as the weeks progress and try to hold them in that position as long as you can before moving onto the next pose.
Incorporate different methods of yoga by using a balance ball or rolling pad to mix it up each week. You can begin taking part in yoga activities by finding a local class or hiring a trainer to have private yoga lessons.
For those that may want a bit more privacy or something less expensive to begin their yoga programs you can pick from the endless selection of yoga videos that are in every local store currently.
Wear comfortable clothing that you can move around easily in while practicing yoga and stay hydrated with water before and after your workout.
Enjoy the progression your body will make and continue your yoga poses for life to obtain a permanent sense of inner peace that you simply cannot obtain weight lifting.