The Love of Yoga

Yoga not only provides some instant gratification but it will also facilitate a lasting transformation. When you are into fitness, spending a lot of time while getting minimal results can discourage you. If practiced in the right way, yoga is great for quick mental and physical transformation.

Yoga can be practiced by everyone

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Today, gyms and yoga studios have classes for all generations and cater for all fitness levels. Most people find it interesting to work out in a room with teens, moms, athletes, bodybuilders and older gentlemen. Unlike most sports where there are age limits, yoga makes everyone feel wanted and it welcomes you with open hands.

Yoga is great for overall health and fitness

While most sports are built around workouts, yoga is basically a way of life. The daily practice of yoga is essential in finding peace and balance in a chaotic world. In addition, most people are attracted to the tranquility that results from the practice of yoga.

The meditation and breathing exercises help you shift from the worries of this life and it draws you closer to something that’s beautiful and bigger than your current troubles. Besides, yoga will help you gain focus by lowering stress levels and decluttering the mind.

Power yoga builds muscle

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Power yoga has been adapted from the basic yoga but it requires more focus, energy, and strength. While this variant of yoga has greatly evolved from the basic version, its training is far more advanced. Unlike the basic yoga, power yoga is great for muscle building mainly because a huge percentage of the poses are maintained for about five breaths as opposed to the two or three breaths that are common with basic versions.

Here, the muscles are exercised and both the mind and body have to work in unison without giving up prematurely. The breathing patterns, as well as poses and movements, are coordinated which results in improved flexibility and outstanding discipline to the mind. Here are some additional benefits of power yoga.

  • It increases strength, endurance, and flexibility
  • Physical stamina and mental strength gets better with time
  • Shoulder strength and arm strength is improved as you engage in resistance training
  • Hip flexors are strengthened
  • The core muscles are built and strengthened


Yoga improves strength and flexibility

When you start practicing yoga, you benefit from increased strength and flexibility. Most postures are excellent in helping you build more strength starting with your mind. as such, you will not only feel great but you will also get great looks. Most of the postures are meant to make your body stronger and this starts from the spine and the muscles that surround this area. Basically, the spine is the center and when it gets strong, you become better and it can also help reduce shoulder and back pain.

When you couple the perfect yoga postures with a healthy diet, your digestion gets better and the acid reflux will reduce. In addition, when postures are practiced in the right way your muscles will stretch which will give you a leaner and longer look.


Stop Stressing, Start Relaxing

When you are faced with strict deadlines, it’s easy to get stressed up. With my art life, deadlines are the order of the day and this gets worried many times. However, I’ve come across some few tips to help anyone who has been facing increased stress levels have a better life.


Prepare for tomorrow

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Being unprepared can make you quite stressed. The best alternative is getting organized so that the next day doesn’t get you by surprise. Start by creating a to-do list before freshening up with a relaxing massage in preparation for the day before you. When you are certain that you have accomplished everything on your to-do list, you will be at peace knowing that you can rest in the evenings.


On waking up in the morning, you will feel that you have a good grasp of the situation in hand and this helps you get positive feelings. Apart from being more productive, you can handle more complex situations when positivity reign the day.


Get some healthy snacks


According to a recent study conducted by the American Psychological Association, women tend to resort to comfort foods to relieve stress more often than men. At the same time, women are known to forego favorite cravings in the name of weight loss. However, when stress kicks in the cravings get worse and it’s not easy to stay in control.


It’s now a confirmed fact that most dieters will have a higher likelihood to overeat, unlike their counterparts who are less diet conscious. During stressful events, these people will readily eat the food they once avoided like a plague. The trick here is to be lenient and avoid depriving yourself.  Try to have some snacks around that you can eat when the need arises.  


Turn on the music


Listening to meditative or slow music tunes can help lower your stress levels. So the next time you are stressed, turn on the music and start listening to cool jams that will soothe you and wash away the stress. Even when you are in a traffic jam, tuning to a station with great music can improve your moods.  


Limit the times you withdraw your money


When you start visiting the ATM only a two or three times in a week, you can easily keep track of most spending habits. You can start by putting yourself on a limited allowance that you can use to make your purchases rather than using the credit cards to make payments.


Since financial problems are associated with higher stress levels, regaining the control of your finances can help you have a stress-free life. Every time you have some free hours on the weekends, try taking note of your current financial situation. This will help you to plan and make the necessary adjustments to your spending habits.  


Stop worrying about issues that are out of your control

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Basically, women have more worries than men and this leads to increased stress levels. On the other hand, men will worry about something that’s specific like missing the promotion. But when women worry about their jobs, it’s more abstract and even issues like weight and distant family members can give them sleepless nights.


To ensure you lead a stress-free life, make sure that your worries are real rather than imagined. In addition, always try to get over issues that you have minimum control on and your life will be much better.


Stick to workout schedules


Working out is one of the best ways to lower stress levels. Just spending about 30 minutes working out in the gym is enough to lower anxiety levels by 25%. As long as you have the time, always make sure that you are having regular workouts. But when it’s not possible to hit the gym, taking a short walk can work wonders on stress levels.