Every day is a precious gift, but how do we add that little something each day to make an ordinary day extraordinary? One possibility is to take the tasks and habits we structure our lives with, and make them special. For instance, we all know it is crucial to exercise at least a few times a week. Many people run, or do sports like tennis or basketball, but what about some “off the beaten path” types of activities? Let’s explore a few possible alternative ways to get the heart beating and the calories burning.
We’ve all heard of yoga, but do we know exactly what yoga is or what it can do? Yoga is a discipline which originated in India. Yoga can have many meanings and is associated with several Indian religions such as Hinduism and Buddhism, but here we are only going to discuss the yoga postures as a form of exercise.
As a system of healing, yoga has been around for over 5,000 years. Its practice combines breathing exercises, postures and meditation. Those that practice yoga believe that it can calm the nerves and achieve balance in the body, mind and spirit. A session of yoga can last between 60 and 90 minutes, and it has been shown to lower blood pressure, minimize stress, and improve many body functions such as coordination, flexibility, concentration, sleep and even one’s digestion.
Because yoga combines physical exercise with breathing exercises and meditation, it is an ideal form of exercise for people with certain physical ailments like heart disease, high blood pressure, asthma and back pain or other back problems.
Consider yoga as an alternative way to get the exercise, relaxation and health benefits that you are striving for. And “Seize the day!”