When most people think of yoga they think of a functional activity that must be done for health reasons. Its looked at as something that is more for women and not a “real workout”.
But truth be told, yoga is one of the best multifaceted workouts you can ever do. It can help you transform from the inside out.
If you have ever thought about doing yoga, here are 5 things you should know.
Its A Lot Harder Than You Think
One of the most common yoga poses is the savasana, which requires you to do nothing more than lay down on your back and close your eyes.
And while this pose is fairly simple, there are several other poses that can prove to be extremely challenging.
There are yoga sequences that will test your strength, balance, and endurance. And to top it all off you are guaranteed to be dripping in sweat by the time its over.
Its More Than Just Physical
While yoga does involve a lot of twisting poses that will make you feel uncomfortable, it is the discipline that is required to do yoga that goes beyond just the physical.
Getting the most out of yoga requires proper breathing and deep meditation. There is also a certain level of mindfulness and spirituality that comes into play.
After a yoga class its very common to feel mentally and physically renewed.
You Will Gain Strength
This is for all the bodybuilders out there who think yoga doesn’t help you make gains. The truth is you can gain some serious strength by doing yoga.
This is because yoga is a total body workout that combines both flexibility and strength training into one.
Many of the movements and postures will test your muscular endurance and strength. Take for instance the chaturanga. This one movement works your core, chest, and arms.
Very few exercises work all of those muscles at the same time.
It may be hard to believe, but you can actually get ripped doing yoga.
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Yoga is one of the best ways to improve your mind muscle connection.
Yoga is Very Personal
For most people it takes some time to embrace the yoga mindset.
When you do yoga you have to be in the moment. It is the type of activity that must be adapted to the individual.
While one technique might be right for you, that doesn’t mean its right for everyone else.
We all have different body’s and therefore respond differently to different things. What works for your body might not work for the next persons body.
Always remember that there is no right way or wrong way to do yoga.
The key to a successful yoga routine is to make sure it addresses the issues that you personally need addressed.
If you need to focus on deep breathing, then that’s what you do. If you need to focus on stretching, then that’s what you focus on.
Always cater your yoga workout to your specific needs.
There Are Various Styles of Yoga You Can Do
There are well over 20 different types of yoga you can engage in. From hatha, to Ashtanga, to Bikram, each style incorporates its own postures and sequences.
Let’s take Ashtanga for example. With this style of yoga you will do the same poses in the same order every time.
With vinyasa yoga you will transition from movement to movement very fluidly. This style of yoga is often set to music and has a very smooth flow to it.
Vinyasa yoga is perfect for those who get bored easily as the movement will vary from day to day.
The great thing about yoga in general is that there is a lot of variety. For best results you should experiment with multiple styles until you find the one that feels right to you.
Keep in mind every yoga studio is a little different. While they may be teaching the same style of yoga, the way it is implemented may be slightly different from studio to studio.
However, they will still be based on the same principles and should therefore not feel too unfamiliar.
If you’re looking for a low impact way to get in a good workout, its time you start looking into yoga.
Both are beginner friendly and will help you improve flexibility, posture, muscle strength, and endurance.
Never forget that yoga is very personal. Its about connecting with your inner most being. It is therefore very important you find a yoga style that helps you be the best version of yourself.