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Ashtanga Yoga - Leave Your Ego At The Door....

27.05.2013

Why Practice Yoga?

Possibly the toughest exercise you have ever undertaken

In the midst of our modern world characterized by daily stress, fatigue, and pollution, more and more people are seeking that elusive sense of relaxation and inward awareness.

 

 

Hailing from an ancient tradition originated in India, Yoga has long since provided people with a refuge away from the everyday confusion and entropy, and has transported an increasing number of people to a peaceful oasis within.

However, make no mistake that Ashtanga yoga is a tough practice.  In fact it may be the toughest form of exercise you have ever undertaken and requires mental as well as physical strength.

Though the practice of Yoga is closely associated to ancient texts, beliefs, and values, it also yields benefits useful for people's practical daily lives. Here are some reasons why more and more people are practicing Yoga:

  • Yoga is a total body workout.  Ashtanga yoga provides all the benefits of cardiovascular exercise, increasing the heart rate and flushing out the arteries plus resistance training by using the body weight instead of the usual gym based weighted workout and of course the benefits of flexibility.
  • Flexibility is a vital component of exercise and one which is greatly overlooked.  By keeping the muscles and the joints flexible we help to ensure the body remains fit and healthy, avoiding back and joint pain and importantly ensuring good body movement as we age.
  • Leave your ego at the door.  In the western world we believe we have to succeed now.  There are many steps to yoga and therefore we are taught to be patient, practice our own self- improvement, resist comparison with others and be the best that we can be by acknowledging every improvement to the body and mind no matter how small.
  • Yoga can help normalise body weight. For people who are either overweight or underweight, Yoga Exercises can help achieve the desired weight. The principles of balance and moderation in physical activity and diet under Yoga can also lead to a healthier lifestyle.
  • Yoga increases your energy level and productivity. For as little as 20 minutes, Yoga can replenish the mind and body with precious energy needed to respond to daily tasks and challenges.

 

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