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Yoga, a Fairy Tale or a Reality

A lot of confusion is always peddled about yoga. You have seen celebrities with lean bodies praising it to the core. On the other hand, some say that it can only do so much. Much as there is this confusion, we can underestimate or even overestimate the benefits that it brings.

In this article, we will try and decipher what yoga can do for you and what it can’t.



But before we do that, what is yoga?

Yoga traces its origin in ancient India and it literally means union. It connects you to the ultimate reality of nature’s existence. It’s the process of reversing the outward energy flow and wellbeing making the mind a melting pot to avoid the illusion that our well being depends on fallible senses to actually experiencing the truth.

Let’s indulge in the major beats of yoga, shall we?

Excellent in building muscles.

Building muscles require gym goers to work hard, carry heavyweights, and sacrifice a lot of their time. This basically means they overload themselves.

In yoga, on the other hand, you progress by being able to articulate a posture with a lot of ease, for long, and by moving on to a more advanced edition of the posture.
This is because yoga involves stimulating multiple muscles at a go. But the most overlooked fact about it is that it brings coherence to your body. By doing so, this consonance has a greater ripple effect in comparison with strength training.

However, most pessimists may say that yoga consumes a lot of time before yielding results.
That is okay, as different people have different goals. But still yet, to put on a lot of muscle in a short time, yoga by itself won’t do you the magic. However, if you want to use it to work on diverse phases of strength than what you do in the gym, then it will be an excellent choice.

Yoga helps you become flexible.

Most people have weak and tight muscles. What they need are strong and flexible muscles. Yoga comes in handy,-as it helps you release muscular tension and start getting stronger.
Therefore, yoga is perfect when you want to have a flexible body. A recent study shows that active stretching (a process of a muscle opposite the one being stretched is contracted; this is often achieved in a yoga posture) improved the range of motion, while inactive stretching reduced their range of motion.

Yoga helps prevent heart diseases.

For sure, yoga helps prevent heart diseases. This is impossible to believe but after studies were conducted all over the world, results concluded that yoga lowers and prevents any chances and factors that may lead to you having heart problems.

Yoga prevents the following high blood sugar level, high blood level, and even rare disease atherosclerosis.

Yoga helps improve your sex life.   

One of the most ignored effects of yoga is that it helps improve your sexual experience. Both men and women who take yoga seriously register increased arousal and more overall sexual satisfaction without much strain.

With yoga, you will not be requiring the little yellow, blue pills for maximum satisfaction.
Moreover, yoga breathing styles and techniques increase blood circulation which is paramount for people with natural arousal disarray.

Yoga is not good for cardio.

For any yogi, who’s been training hard and has been taking his yoga programs seriously, every time you see him walking out the gym, he is breathing heavily or is soaked with a lot of sweat. All of that training cannot be compared to any form of aerobic exercise. It may be hard for these yogis to accept this kind of information, but in terms of cardio fitness (having a good stamina), yoga isn’t likely to help.

To help you understand well, cardio-wise, yoga is equivalent to walking. It’s not bad to do, but it won’t give you the similar advantages of running.

The take-home

As you can see, yoga works on many fronts in ensuring overall healthy living. However, it may not be as effective as many would want in helping cardio. This doesn’t mean that it can’t be incorporated. After all, there is no universal formula for staying fit and healthy.

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