This week's post is from Colin Zauner. He is a content specialist for All Workout Routines. Through, he provides informative articles on workout routines and reviews commercial exercise dvds.


Yoga was conceptualized in India thousands years ago, and has become a very popular form of meditation and exercise. It offers many benefits and ways to change lifestyles.

Yoga comes in different forms, styles, and approaches and combines different variations that cater to young and old alike. Because the main goal of yoga is refining the mental capacity of the person, it can change both the mind and body, drawing together mental and physical disciplines to attain serenity of the whole self, helping you to relax and deal with problems and anxiety.

Benefits of Yoga

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  1. Relaxation: Because yoga includes proper breathing exercises that can enhance your health by improving lung capacity as well as the blood circulation in your body, you will feel more calm and relaxed.
  2. A Perfect Exercise: Yoga can be an ideal alternative to other exercises. Since it focuses on the joints, helps in improving balance, flexibility, strength, and posture, a lot of athletes are taking advantage of it. Athletes also find it ideal because it reduces chances of injury. This is why yoga was even included in the P90X plan.
  3. Self-Esteem Booster: Yoga helps improve blood circulation, which can be important in activating positive vibes. The stimulation of positive thoughts will not only make you feel good, but also enhances your confidence, helping improve performance in work or school.
  4. Weight Loss: Doing yoga can help reduce fat and keep your body in shape. Since, yoga can be performed in different style depending on your goal, if losing weight is what you want, the powerful styles can be perfect.
  5. Improve Muscles: Yoga can make your muscles contract and elongate, which is essential in maintaining a healthy and stronger muscles. It also promotes strength and extensibility, and will help tone your muscles.
  6. Breathe Better: Generally people tend to take more shallow breaths and do not really consider how to properly breathe. Yoga helps improve our breathing as well. Yoga includes a deep breathing technique, which will help clear your nasal passages, beneficial to people with allergies, and calms the nervous system, which again benefits both the mind and body.
  7. Psychologically Stimulating: Yoga is important in the psychological health of a person. Since it brings calmness to your body, it can help improve your concentration, mood, memory and well-being. So, if you are stressed with your daily life, yoga is absolutely a perfect stress reliever.

Without a doubt, yoga is an excellent choice if you want to live healthy. It can easily be done since you only need a mat or a blanket to do it. It does not demand a very nice or cozy place as well because you only need a peaceful space to perform yoga. Starting your day doing yoga can make life easy.