As a friend commented yesterday, some people lose weight doing “power yoga”. It is one of many reasons to practice yoga; I have decided to list a few others.
–builds muscles by using our own body weight as resistance in the poses
–builds endurance as you learn to hold the poses for longer and longer amounts of time
–feeling of well-being after a good stretch
–learn to control breathing
–stretches out muscles tight from other activities
–better understanding of how your body works and the muscles you use
–faster metabolism due to building muscles
–possibility of happiness and serenity
There are more, of course. Why do you practice Yoga? I would love to hear more reasons. And would any of the above reasons convince you to start practicing?
Sara is so right. Yoga doesn’t mean that you are rubber band flexible, it means you want to stretch. I have been doing it for nigh on 20 years, and I still have problems getting my shoulders straight and my heels on the floor in Downward Dog. I think I look more like a tent listing to the side than a downward facing dog.