5 Reasons To Choose Yoga Over The Gym PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Manmohan Singh   
Thursday, 12 April 2018 19:49

Summary: Any type of workout or exercise is important to have a healthy being. However, a majority of people prefer yoga over the gym. Why?

Undoubtedly, yoga is one of the greatest contributions to the globe by India. In the midst of busy schedules, where people have no time to include exercise in their day-to-day routine,  we often seek a gym’s help to get fast results. But yoga comes in as a boon and ensures the permanent solutions to the problems without harming the body.

Which one is better than the other, yoga or the gym, is a never-ending debate. It is true that any kind of exercise is important for a healthy and fit body. But it is also important to have enduring health care.

 Yoga is designed in a way to give a person long-term benefits. With yoga, a person can expect strengthening, toning, and flexibility of the body, along with a peace of mind. Yoga benefits you physically, mentally, spiritually and emotionally. Yoga session makes you feel fresh, energetic and helps you to purge off fatigue.

Gym sessions tend to work more on the outer appearance like toning and building muscles, weight loss, weight gain, etc. Most can’t do a complete gym routine at home- as not everyone can afford a gym at home. A gym session may also increase your hunger, unlike the Yoga, and an increased hunger leads to overeating. Gym sessions are tiring and you have to deal with cramps and a sore body.

Know the basic difference between yoga and gym

As the above comparison made few things clear that how yoga can be more convenient and beneficial than a gym. Here are some more basic and important reasons which let you know why a person is advised to choose yoga over a gym.

1.    Beat The Stress With Yoga

As mentioned, gym works majorly on the physical body, while yoga takes care of the physical, mental, spiritual, and emotional well-being. Yoga is a great way to reduce stress and promote a stress-free life. Whereas going to the gym can be stressful, with all the pressure we take to burn fat and building a body. In many cases, people seek yoga’s help solely to enjoy its amazing power of reducing stress.  A calming environment and some space are enough to feel amazing with Yoga.

2.    Rediscover The Body With Yoga

Yoga practice helps you to have a better and deep understanding of the body and lets you develop and restore your own body. Yoga helps you to have a mindscape of different body parts and its functions. It also makes you aware of the overall health benefits and how they are needed to strengthen and support the body. Yoga is a practice that involves body, mind, and soul, and makes you more aware, conscious, and mindful. In contrast, we practice with too many distractions in the gym such as listening to music or conversing while practicing which restrains from having mindful experiences.

3.    Yoga Improves Flexibility

 Yoga is a great way to increase the body’s mobility and flexibility and also help to correct the body posture and increase body balance. An improved flexibility helps a person to reduce the risk of injuries that occur due to an incorrect body posture or a body imbalance. Whereas, gym workouts are mainly life-centered and focussed on muscle build-ups and weight loss. Flexibility is essential to maintain a good posture and body well being, without putting pressure and stress.

4.    Can Be Practiced Anywhere

While gym needs equipment and huge space, yoga can be practiced anywhere. It is one of the best things about yoga that here we don’t need any formal setting, huge space, or machinery to start exercising. All you need is a peaceful and clean space and your body to practice. Yoga is the most convenient option you can practice at home and at studios. You save time on traveling and decrease the chances of class bunk due to issues like weather, traffic, etc.

5.    Yoga Comes With Versatility

The life science offers variation in the practice in terms of exercises and postures. Yoga is versatile and offers you many things that make the practice more beneficial and amazing. There is always something new to practice since yoga is not about the physical training. You can meditate, practice pranayama, take relaxation therapy, practice yoga asana (there are many yoga poses for overall body benefits), etc. In contrary, gym sessions can become tedious and monotonous,  leading some people to completely abandon the practice.

Yoga is for everyone and there is no end to its practice. During yoga practice, when you align your body and mind through your breath, you practice with ease and gradually start feeling the changes and results. Yoga is something you can practice daily and for the rest of your life. Yoga is like a treat you give to yourself, as it works greatly on relaxing the body and calming the mind.

Author Bio: Manmohan Singh is a passionate Yogi, Yoga Teacher and a Traveller in India. He provides yoga teacher training in Rishikesh, India. He loves writing and reading the books related to yoga, health, nature and the Himalayas. For more information about him visit his website.

Website: https://www.rishikulyogshala.org/

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