Why YOGA?

I know people in Kuwait thinks Yoga is boring! so why I keep talking about Yoga?

I used to think the same about Yoga! why posing in a 30 seconds in an akward pose that hurts? or why just closing your eyes and do nothing!

While becoming a fitness junkie, I used to left weights real heavy weights and do cardio crazy cardio. I saw how my body changed and gaining strength, endurance and speed but I feel something is missing in my fitness routines! and with time I felt my body needed something different other than strength, endurance and speed. My body couldn’t acheive more and stops on the same level of fitness!

So I start searching and reading about keys to increase my fitness level. I just read about how getting older may effect the fitness level and the best way to keep it strong is being flexible. I knew I was flexible since I was being a Karate student for long time but my flexibility descreased a lot. So I started to do add stretchings to my workouts and start feeling my body but still missing it! Not until one day I met that one person who looks so ripped yet flexible like water. I met him when I was on vacation and I was at the gym’s hotel. I just approached him and asked him whats your secret? He simply says: Yoga! it keeps him more stronger, he can do more reps and he actually feels his body. So I decide to try it and guess what! It was the BESTworkout experience I ever had! It wasn’t an workout actually its more an art than something related to exercise.

Since then I start practice it and included in my weekly routine. It helps me feel my body and understand more about my inner person. The good thing about Yoga is you don’t have to be perfect with it. All you need is to breath and feel your mind matching your body.

Now why Yoga exercise is good for you? scientists have laid these results against the benefits of regular exercise.

Physiological Benefits of Yoga

  • Stable autonomic nervous system equilibrium
  • Pulse rate decreases
  • Respiratory rate decreases
  • Blood Pressure decreases (of special significance for hyporeactors)
  • Galvanic Skin Response (GSR) increases
  • EEG – alpha waves increase (theta, delta, and beta waves also increase during various stages of meditation)
  • EMG activity decreases
  • Cardiovascular efficiency increases
  • Respiratory efficiency increases
  • Gastrointestinal function normalizes
  • Endocrine function normalizes
  • Excretory functions improve
  • Musculoskeletal flexibility and joint range of motion increase
  • Breath-holding time increases
  • Joint range of motion increase
  • Grip strength increases
  • Eye-hand coordination improves
  • Dexterity skills improve
  • Reaction time improves
  • Posture improves
  • Strength and resiliency increase
  • Endurance increases
  • Energy level increases
  • Weight normalizes
  • Sleep improves
  • Immunity increases
  • Pain decreases
  • Steadiness improves
  • Depth perception improves
  • Balance improves
  • Integrated functioning of body parts improves

Psychological Benefits of Yoga

  • Somatic and kinesthetic awareness increase
  • Mood improves and subjective well-being increases
  • Self-acceptance and self-actualization increase
  • Social adjustment increases
  • Anxiety and Depression decrease
  • Hostility decreases
  • Concentration improves
  • Memory improves
  • Attention improves
  • Learning efficiency improves
  • Mood improves
  • Self-actualization increase
  • Social skills increases
  • Well-being increases
  • Somatic and kinesthetic awareness increase
  • Self-acceptance increase
  • Attention improves
  • Concentration improves
  • Memory improves
  • Learning efficiency improves
  • Symbol coding improves
  • Depth perception improves
  • Flicker fusion frequency improves

Biochemical Benefits of Yoga

  • Glucose decreases
  • Sodium decreases
  • Total cholesterol decreases
  • Triglycerides decrease
  • HDL cholesterol increases
  • LDL cholesterol decreases
  • VLDL cholesterol decreases
  • Cholinesterase increases
  • Catecholamines decrease
  • ATPase increases
  • Hematocrit increases
  • Hemoglobin increases
  • Lymphocyte count increases
  • Total white blood cell count decreases
  • Thyroxin increases
  • Vitamin C increases
  • Total serum protein increases

Yoga Health Benefits versus Exercise Benefits

Yoga versus Exercise

  • Yoga Benefits
    • Parasympathetic Nervous System dominates
    • Subcortical regions of brain dominate
    • Slow dynamic and static movements
    • Normalization of muscle tone
    • Low risk of injuring muscles and ligaments
    • Low caloric consumption
    • Effort is minimized, relaxed
    • Energizing (breathing is natural or controlled)
    • Balanced activity of opposing muscle groups
    • Noncompetitive, process-oriented
    • Awareness is internal (focus is on breath and the infinite)
    • Limitless possibilities for growth in self-awareness
  • Exercise Benefits
    • Sympathetic Nervous System dominates
    • Cortical regions of brain dominate
    • Rapid forceful movements
    • Increased muscle tension
    • Higher risk of injury
    • Moderate to high caloric consumption
    • Effort is maximized
    • Fatiguing (breathing is taxed)
    • Imbalance activity of opposing groups
    • Competitive, goal-oriented
    • Awareness is external (focus is on reaching the toes, reaching the finish line, etc.)
    • Boredom factor

This article was contributed by: www.cyberastro.com and  www.movingintostillness.com.

So I think people in Kuwait should open their minds to a new experience and try Yoga for their benefits.

I published a new website for anyone who is interested in trying Yoga in Kuwait www.q8yoga.com I have practice Yoga for one year and half and I’m sure I need to experience more so I want you to be part of the experience.

If you need to know more about Yoga this website will help http://www.abc-of-yoga.com

About AbbyDFitness

Owner of TFW Kuwait. www.tfwkuwait.com

Posted on 29/06/2012, in Experience, Fitness Tips, Links, Moves, Total Body Training, Workout reviews, Yoga and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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