The modern times are changing our habits and so is our way to exercising is going through a transformation too. Gone are the days when we jogged or exercised in the open, burnt our calories sweating in the open. All of this is replaced with exercised in air-conditioned gyms which is surely not a healthy choice as there is a conflict in the body temperature with the air-conditioning and the body’s natural rhythm of sweating and increasing the temperature. Well, this is just one of the cons of modern day gym, but there is a truck load of benefits of choosing Yoga over gym. The student life is the right time to instill the right kind of habits which last for our lifetime. Hence, it is important to first understand why Yoga should be preferred and chosen over gym:
Yoga brings in self-acceptance rather than self-improvement: Yoga connects you to the inner core being which shows you the real personality of your being. It allows you to see your strengths as well as limitations. Yoga becomes a natural bridge to overcome your limitations as well as amplify the power of your strengths and abilities. Whereas, in the gym when you don’t achieve the desired bar set for your health, it leads to feeling like a failure. On the other hand, Yoga helps you to accept as you are and what can you do to become better.
Yoga strengthens your concentration power: We are born with an amazing concentration power which can make our being much brighter and help us to groom our personality in ways beyond our conscious imagination. In the gym, one only hits the numbers to be achieved, but in Yoga one hits the limitation to transcend into a better human being. It brings you to a level where you focus on yourself, rather than the numbers which are not needed at all.
Yoga does not have time or space constraint: Yoga does not need a set time and a place to be done. It can be practiced anywhere and anytime. Let it be in the office or at home sneaking time between two important tasks. All you need is the commitment towards self and yoga to do it. In the office, between two important meetings when you have 45 minutes at hand, this is all needed to do Yoga.
Yoga is inexpensive & economical: Indeed, yoga does not need any expensive equipment’s or some expensive place to do it. A simple yoga mat costing a few hundreds of rupees is all you need to do it. Whereas gym needs expensive equipment’s and then trainer’s fees or gym membership fees which can burn a hole in the pocket. Practice yoga instead and save on the thousands of rupees you spend on the gym every month.
Yoga has no severe effects on the body: Yoga is a very gentle practice which the body can adapt easily unlike the gym where heavy weight lifting or using equipment’s in the wrong way can cause an injury to the body. Yogic exercises also build heat in the body and tone your muscles but without any injury to your body. Yogic exercises were made in a way where the body can easily adjust without any extra or special efforts.
Yoga improves our breathing pattern: Yoga focuses majorly on using your breath in a very creative way while doing the exercises which help not only to let the body come in shape, but also rhythmic breathing helps you to release toxins in a simplistic manner which the body knows naturally. Right kind of breathing exercises for various problems can bring about a transformation beyond our imagination which gym cannot help us to bring. Like there are specific breathing exercises to release fatigue, then others to release stress and so on.
Indeed, letting this heritage in our lives can be a boon to us at all times. Let us integrate the practice of Yoga right now to bring a healthy shift in our lives.