You Thought Yoga Was Just Stretching?
With innumerable books, DVD’s, videos and classes being offered for all ages,
levels of fitness and expertise (some of them being actually free for the
first two or three lessons to try exercising ), it is advisable to give it a trial and see
for yourself what it can do.
Yoga is indeed the oldest existing physical-culture system in the world.
Besides being a systematic and scientifically proven route to attaining physical
fitness, it delays aging, rejuvenates and enhances one’s appearance, maintains
suppleness and increases vitality and the creative part of life.
Its ultimate aim is the union of man with God or the world in one breath. Furthermore, it
aims to liberate the soul as the mind and soul are equally involved in its
While on how to spot a friend of mine at the local YMCA, he asked why I didn’t just join the gym and I explained to him that
I practice Yoga and occasional calisthenics at home for my exercises and actually didn’t feel the need for a gym membership. His response was predictable:
“Yoga…is not that just stretching?”
I smirked at the familiarity of this question and proceeded to explain to him
the theme of this article. As I told him and for those who may not know
otherwise: No, Yoga is far more than simply stretching or becoming supposedly
awkward looking poses and places.
1 thing I guarantee you is this; you will walk from your course and nod in
agreement which really:”yoga is way more than simply stretching.” It’s THE
Heck, I challenge the most skillful body-builder to hold the easy yet powerful peacock-pose for 90
seconds straight. Bet you they would crash half-way in its execution-if they make
it that far.
Using its core warm-up exercises called the Sun Salutations (that can be somewhat similar to the calisthenics exercise known as’burpees’), the inversion poses, forward and backward bending poses, balancing exercises for the arms and building attention, the ordinary practitioner will testify to the fact that for attaining fitness, Yoga can endure its own.
furthermore using its unique relaxation posture, oft times practiced during and after its execution,
Yoga provides a systematic means of deeply relaxing the whole body maybe the
way no other exercise can. (Keep in mind of course that several of the poses
give a deep body massage not unlike the ones obtained in salons…just thought I
should throw that in.)