People are getting increasingly conscious of the importance of fitness, especially during the current pandemic situation. As the fitness centers reopen, it’s resulting to increase in gym memberships, runners and cycling. Yoga is also becoming very popular among teenagers and middle-aged men but is commonly misunderstood as a sort of workout.
The physical aspects of yoga, the asanas, are an auxiliary a part of the practice. Moreover, these asanas differ greatly from regular physical exercises both within their mode of performance and in the results. Yoga aims at body, mind and spirit which has its roots in ancient philosophy and human enlightenment.
The ultimate aim of the exercise is to enhance the overall fitness level and health by practising aerobic activity, which elevates the heart rate, strengthens muscles, therefore, the cardiovascular system resulting in improved athletic skills and aid weight loss. Hence, yoga and exercise provide two different results.
Yoga: Helps to develop muscles evenly over the bone surface, increasing flexibility. Yoga is additionally an energy-efficient activity.
Exercise: Focus on increasing muscle mass. As a result, the length of the muscle shortens and adaptability decreases. For exercise, we use a lot of energy.
The Therapeutic Purpose Of Yoga And Exercise:
Sick and unhealthy people cannot do exercise as the workout adds more pressure to the body. So it works best for healthy people. Whereas there are some asanas in yoga system to get rid of the sickness and diseases in the body. So, sick people get health or regain their health from yoga, healthy people proceed towards enlightenment through the practice of yoga. Thus, asanas have more therapeutic value than regular exercise.
Yoga: In yoga, when you do the asanas properly, the body is relaxed and it reaches a condition wherein the blood requirement is reduced. This relieves the strain on the heart leading to increased efficiency.
Exercise: In exercise, the effect is the opposite. Ordinary exercises put a strain on the muscles. Which lead to an increase in the speed of breathing and blood circulation and pressure level, which in turn increases the workload of the heart because it must pump faster.
Exercise: Simply focus only on physical training but ignores breathing and mindfulness.
Yoga: Poses are inclined towards sitting, sleeping and standing exercises with attention on inhalation and exhalation being mindful in both body (posture) and breaths without adding stress to the body.
Yoga: Reduces the cortisol levels within the body. Cortisol is a hormone produced from cholesterol that’s linked with perceived stress.
Exercise: Exercise may increase cortisol levels within the body because the body perceives exercise as a stress
Asanas try to offer a realization of becoming different creatures of the cosmos. for instance, Gomughasana (cow face-pose) gives the conclusion of how cow rest. It develops the wisdom that the soul remains identical for all types of bodies. In each creature, there are some good qualities that humans can reflect in order to reach a higher level of being. Yoga asanas aim to gain those qualities from different living beings. Yoga creates the union, friendship and harmony with all the beings within the cosmos. Exercise simply emulate the ways of attack and defense like lion, tiger etc. Yet, there’s no spiritual oneness in exercise.