A quick tip: Yoga for the body and mind

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In the past 10 years, yoga has become wildly popular as a workout. Unlike typical gym activities, such as running on a treadmill and lifting weights, yoga is an age-old form of exercise that incorporates strengthening, breath work, stretching, and balance — it’s a combination of physical, mental, and spiritual traditions.

You may not think that lying on a mat or holding certain poses will give you a full-body workout, but yoga is definitely more than stretching. A total-body workout includes aerobic exercise, training for muscle strength and endurance, and flexibility exercise.

While the cornerstone of yoga practice is flexibility, when you hold a stretch for two minutes or more, you work your muscles in a way you wouldn’t during regular strength training sessions. Yoga also involves becoming aware of your body — what you eat, how you eat, the nature of your other fitness activities, and how all of these affect your body.

Although yoga has many benefits, it’s not a substitute for other forms of exercise, especially once you get good at it and it doesn’t present you with as much of a challenge. So be sure to do your cardio and weight training on other days of the week, even if you unwind a couple of days with yoga!  

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Vidya Sury

After more than a decade in the corporate corporate work, I retired from my corporate career at 33 to focus on family. A change in priorities, and a passion for writing inspired me to start working from home and I am now living my dream as a writer and editor. I write content for clients, blog for businesses and edit manuscripts for publishers/authors. With six blogs of my own and published contributions across the web (The Huffington Post, PTPA, World of Moms, SheKnows), I writes to collect smiles and donate to charities. I shares stories about all the things I enjoy in life; parenting, mindful living, conversations, coffee, books, food, music, health, DIY, travel, photography and showing my diabetes who’s boss.

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