How Yoga is helpful in retaining strength

Why people prefer yoga than using body building equipments

Many who think of strength training equipment think of the massive muscles that many bodybuilders get and consequently show off in competitions. This can be a plus or a drawback for many consumers. The average consumer likes to be able to say feel good about themselves when they go swimming, but many are concerned about building too much muscle and suffering from stereotypical viewpoints. This needn’t be a worry for anyone considering strength training equipment.

While on the way to spot a friend of mine at the local YMCA, he asked why I didn’t just join the gym and I explained to him that I practice Yoga and occasional calisthenics at home for my exercises and really didn’t feel the need for a gym membership. His response was predictable: “Yoga…isn’t that just stretching?”

[box]Yoga is indeed the oldest existing physical-culture system in the world gifted by Indian sages.

Besides being a systematic and scientifically proven path to attaining physical fitness, it delays aging, rejuvenates and improves one’s appearance, maintains suppleness and increases vitality and the creative part of life.[/box]

I smirked at the familiarity of the question and proceeded to explain to him the theme of this article. As I told him and for those who may not know otherwise: No, Yoga is way more than just stretching or getting into supposedly awkward looking poses and positions.

It is a combination of stretching, breathing exercises, meditation and perhaps the most overlooked limb, adherence to a proper diet.

The word yoga, from the Sanskrit word yuj means to yoke or bind and is often interpreted as a “union” or a method of discipline. Its ultimate goal is the union of man with God or the universe in one breath. Furthermore, it aims to liberate the spirit as the mind and spirit are equally involved in its practice.

With its core warm-up exercises known as the Sun Salutations (which are somewhat similar to the calisthenics exercise known as ‘burpees’), the inversion poses, forward and backward bending poses, balancing exercises for the arms and building focus, the average practitioner will attest to the fact that for attaining fitness, Yoga can stand its own.

Think Yoga can’t help with building strength? Think again. Heck, I challenge the most adept body-builder to hold the simple yet powerful peacock-pose for 90 seconds straight. Bet you they’d crash half-way in its execution-if they make it that far.

[box]The average body builder works out a lot in order to get the muscles they are famous for, plus they have to be on a very strict regimen with lots of protein and little or no fat.

It would take you a lot of effort to become as built as the average bodybuilder.

Many consumers can use simple free weights in order to maintain the muscle mass that they have or to add a little muscle strength.

Some use strength training equipment to add a little tone or shape to certain areas of the body.[/box]

Yoga also offers unique breathing exercises which are wonderful for patients with respiratory disorders and even singers and public speakers, moreover with its unique relaxation pose, oft times practiced during and after its execution, Yoga offers a systematic means of deeply relaxing the entire body perhaps the way no other exercise can. (Keep in mind of course that several of the poses give a deep body massage not unlike the ones received in salons…just thought I should throw that in.)

[box]While instead of body building; if you use them properly and alternate your strength training workout with some yoga or stretching exercises there is little risk of you bulking up too much.

Many find that they enjoy the challenge of working out with strength training equipment but is it effective enough.

You can gradually increase the weight as you work out over a period of time and after your workout you really will feel the ‘burn’ in your muscles. [/box]

With countless books, DVD’s, videos and classes being offered for all ages, levels of fitness and experience (some of them being actually free for the first couple of lessons to try Yoga out), I suggest you give it a trial and see for yourself what it can do.

One thing I promise you is this; you will walk out of your class and nod in agreement that indeed: “yoga is way more than just stretching.” It is THE exercise. So instead of wasting thousands of dollars in exercise equipment better invoke simple yoga poses in your exercise routine.

While in body building; you should be careful of using too much weight at once. Its easy to sprain a muscle and hurt yourself, putting you out of commission for a few days or more. A good rule of thumb is that if you think you can start out with a certain weight begin about five or even ten pounds lighter and after a few repetitions move up to the next weight level. You can check out strength training equipment reviews online for an idea of what others are doing.

You compare it anywhich ways and you find Yoga scoring over any of these body building equipments and methods. Save money and gain strength with Yoga


  1. sakyue1993 says:

    Before answering this question, make sure that you are going to answer it in full. I have had so many rude, and nasty comments about my desire. It is my desire not you. It does not make me a “dumb hoe”, or anything like that. If you are going to put things like this, or “starve yourself” up, then don’t bother answering my question. I am sorry if I came of harsh, and rude myself, but I only want a good answer that helps me out. Thanks, have a beautiful day.

    Alright, so I really need help on this one. I am 5’7 and 1/2 and I weight 128 right now, I am also 14. I want a Victoria’s Secret Angle body. I know, I know. I shouldn’t be worrying about my body, and losing weight, but this is something that I really want. I know the two things that I need: Diet, and Exercise. I know that I must eat healthy, clean foods. Things like veggies, fruit, lean protein, and drink water. The thing that I am stumped on is the exercise that I need to do. Now, I cannot take Pilate’s or Yoga classes. My mom will not pay for them, but we do have a full membership to our local gym. They have many cardio equipment, and weight machines. My mom is going to start Saturday, and I am going to to. I really want to have my body half- way there in about eight or nine weeks. What type of cardio do I need to do? I can chose from running, swimming, elliptical, and bike. I don’t want to build up muscle, but I want to have a very skinny, toned frame, like they do. It is a desire of mine. I can go to the gym Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays, and Sundays. I have ballet Wednesday. So, again, what exercise do I need to do to lose weight and tone up, but not really gain muscle weight? Thanks so much !

    Here is basically how I want to look in a good amount of time:
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    Thanks so much for taking the time to look at, and answer my question. I really needed help on this, and hopefully your answers will help out a ton! Thanks again, and please, no nasty, mean comments. It is my body, and how I want to look. Maybe minus all the boobs, lol.
    I am 5’7 and 1/2 and only fourteen, so I will get taller. Not trying to be taller right now, but I do want to be 5’10. My dream height ! I can’t take boxing classes, or anything like that. I can only use cardio machines, and I take Figure Skating and Ballet. I don’t want to gain a ton of muscle, but I do want to be skinny skinny, and toned and healthy like they are. Thanks !

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