Sunday, April 14, 2013

Yoga for Stress and Weight Loss

my 10 - year - old kid doing one of the Yoga basic stances
 When I first tried yoga, it was simply to de - stress from the tension and anxiety I had been feeling for my impending marathon.

And, true enough, it served me well as sleep has become better, my balance and flexibility have gradually improved and my running skills seem better.
 balance, flexibility and meditation  for an athlete 
But, is Yoga for everyone? In my  previous post, "Why Yoga is Good For You," I mentioned the benefits of Yoga. For someone who does not like high aerobic activity like running or dancing, a relaxed activity can be highly preferred. And over 500 years of practice, Yoga is a good medium for meditation or self - retreat. More importantly, if you try Ashtanga Yoga or Power Yoga, you can actually burn at least 300 calories for an hour session.

With different poses, one can achieve full state of relaxation.  However, caution must be observed as yoga can be dangerous if you are not well guided by a legitimate yoga instructor.

So, the next time, you want to de - stress or simply lose weight or both, try yoga.



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