Fitness, Cleansing, and Meditation with Yoga
In today’s fast paced and stressful environment, women are starting to take on very important roles not just at home but in the office and at work. As more and more women build their careers and climb the corporate ladder, more and more women are also searching for ways to stay in focus, stay healthy and stay in shape as they take on bigger challenges. Thus it is not surprising that many women are finding exercise and fitness regimens such as yoga very helpful.
Yoga is believed to have originated in India, not just as a way to keep one’s body in shape, but as a way to keep one’s mind and spirit in focus. It is a form of meditation and many believe that it is a good way to cleanse and detoxify ones’ system. Thus, many women who find themselves increasingly exposed to stress as a result of a cramped and busy work schedule find this very useful as those who engage in this fitness regimen tend to become recharged and rejuvenated after a successful meditation and work out.
Many believe that the breathing exercises involved in yoga can help relax the mind and body. The regular rhythm created by the relaxed breathing patterns provides a soothing backdrop and at the same time, deep breathing encourages good blood flow. As one engages in the breathing and relaxation, more oxygen is absorbed by the body. This allows the blood to circulate freely in its distribution of oxygen in the different organ systems. Likewise, this efficient blood circulation aids in detoxification. Blood also collects wastes as it goes through the different organ systems and because you also sweat it out in the process, you are burning fat and eliminating wastes in the course of the exercise. Your skin pores are cleansed as you sweat and so you also develop healthier and glowing skin in the process. Therefore, you are removing not just stress but also the actual wastes from your body system.
Needless to say, aside from yoga’s benefits to the mind and spirit, it is also beneficial to the body. As a matter of fact, many celebrities such as Madonna, Gwyneth Paltrow and Oprah are all endorsing this form of exercise.
It helps keep the body healthy and helps develop good posture and overall fitness. Various yoga poses that are involved in every workout can help keep the spine strong and aligned. The basic lotus sitting position is an ideal position to start with. This helps align the spine and is a very relaxing position to take as you start your own relaxing breathing pattern. The lotus sitting position is generally followed by the cat pose, which also stretched the spine, followed the various lunges, which not only develops the strength of your legs and thighs but strengthens the abdomen as well. Each pose is held for few breaths before moving on to the next pose.
The poses involved in the workout also stretches the muscles just enough without having to strain it as most of those who facilitate the session encourage participants to go only as far as they could in the poses without necessarily pushing themselves too far. A series of poses conducted like a form of dance and like the sun worship, is also a good workout. It also helps develop grace and smoothness in movement. In all of these exercises, one is always encouraged to go at one’s own pace and so there is no pressure at all when it comes to engaging yourself in the workout.
What’s even better, this fitness workout imposes no age limit. You will find exercise classes for kids and even toddlers as well as for senior citizens. Indeed, it is never too early or too late to start practicing yoga.