Yoga is an ancient practice that is meant to naturally discipline and condition the mind, body, and spirit. It is thought to have originated by ancient Shamans, or healers, of the East. Yoga’s history is long and complex, but the fact that it has been practiced for thousands of years is a testament to its tremendous benefits for human beings.
Through yoga practice, one reflects on the strengths and weaknesses present in each individual body. On top of its spiritual benefits, the physical benefits of yoga practice are undeniable. Since yoga does not require any tools or machinery to perform, the body is strengthened in a way that is absolutely natural. Yoga positions evolve out of the natural sitting and standing positions of our bodies. As we practice yoga, our bodies become more flexible, able to twist and turn with more ease and grace than ever before. This is because in addition to building flexibility, yoga builds strength in every muscle group: arms, legs, back, shoulders, chest, and abdominals. In practicing yoga, our muscles become strengthened by holding poses for a period of time.
The result is toned, lean muscle definition: your muscles grow from supporting your own body weight. Compared to lifting dumbbells, this practice recruits far more muscle power. Instead of isolating a single muscle, entire groups of muscles (big and small) are engaged in supporting the body’s weight. Recruiting these smaller muscles is the difference between having a bulky bicep look and an arm that is toned all over. For those who ever wondered if it is really possible to build strength through yoga, the answer is unquestionably yes! Through yoga, one uses their own body weight to make their body stronger. In this manner the mind focuses itself on the body and allows the two to come together for all-around strength training – mental and physical.