Yoga is back and less mystical than in the past, less reminiscent of gurus in pretzel positions, and more attractive than ever to people who are interested in simply working out.
Yoga is a great stretch and flexibility program that is increasingly being used by those who are having a trouble in balancing their work and personal life.
A stressful working environment and a hectic schedule has a profound impact on the personal lives of the modern day executives and so they are turning to yoga to bring about a perfect work-life balance.
Runners, weight trainers and aerobic dancers complain that instead of reducing the stress in their lives, their exercise regimes add more. Yoga is less competitive, less stressful, and above all gives a wonderful feeling of being.
In fact, the healing aspect of yoga is a key to its renewed popularity. The strained knees, aching backs and neck pains generated by the push for fitness and the stress of making it in a competitive world have inspired a packaged set of a book and audio cassettes. Some orthopedic surgeons, chiropractors and neurologists are now referring patients to a yoga regimen during treatment.
Growing interest in the mind-body connection is fueling a major comeback of the ancient practice, boosted by research suggesting it can reduce stress and blood pressure, improve work performance, even slow effects of aging.
Yoga is a challenging discipline for the beginning to the advanced person. The asanas, or postures are slow and steady and are not meant to be painful, but this does not mean that they are not challenging. Never extend yourself too much to cause discomfort. With practice, you should see yourself relaxing into the stretches with ease.
Committed practitioners claim yoga leads to intuitive awareness, spiritual harmony, perfect concentration. Others use it to lose weight or quit smoking. Some just like the lift they get from yoga asanas (positions) better than breaking into a sweat with pushups. In any case, it can't hurt, if done in moderation and with proper guidance.
Get yourself yoga equipment that you are comfortable with and you’ll find that you can do your yoga asanas and exercises more comfortably and more easily.