Even in this modern day time there are still many misconceptions about exercise, its safety and effectiveness. A recent conversation revealed erroneous views and ignorance about the benefits of one such exercise style: Yoga. The supposed exercise enthusiast stated that there was no way that Yoga could provide a significant benefit to weight lost or toning. As a matter fact, he stated that it could be dangerous.
Most people know that Yoga is an exercise form and an art form from India. The most notable point about Yoga is its emphasis on stretching and flexibility. Without going into too much detail there are several forms of Yoga and its ancient background lends its self to a spiritual component as well. Some Christians will not partake of the exercise art form because it is derived from Indian Monks.
Contemporary research supports the fact that Yoga is not a fluke. Of course it helps to support flexibility. But studies show that it also helps with arthritis, headaches and stress just to name a few of the ailments Yoga can improve. However, most of all Yoga can aid in weight loss and toning.
Power Yoga also called Ashtanga Vinyasa can be performed in a very intense way that will help one to lose weight and gain muscle tone. What's great is that even though this form of Yoga has multiple benefits like aiding to increase cardio and endurance, participants who perform this form of Yoga still receive the same stress relieving and mind relaxing benefits.
Celebrities have flocked to another more intense form of Yoga called Bikram Yoga which combines Power Yoga and Hot Yoga (Yoga done in high temperatures). Founder Bikram Choudhury came a up with a unique combination of traditional Yoga moves and calorie burning movements that celebrities like Madonna, Beyonce and Giselle can't live without.
Most importantly, one does not have to be a professional Yogi or a Yoga Guru to reap the benefits that Yoga has to offer. Anyone and any body can find the peace of body and mind that Yoga offers and the best part is there is a Yoga style that works for everyone. It is not a religion, but a beneficial exercise art form that contributes more than meets the eye.
For more about celebrities who absolutely love YOGA click here!