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Is Yoga Just A Celebrity Fad?

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Jennifer Aniston attributes doing yoga on a regular basis to keeping her body toned and in shape.

Since yoga has been brought to the forefront of celebrity fitness as both a means to create a lean and healthy body as well as a healthy mind and soul, individuals all over have been flocking to yoga classes, both in gyms or at private studios, to partake in the holistic classes. Celebrities such as Madonna, Jennifer Aniston, and Meg Ryan all publically attribute their incredibly toned bodies to performing yoga on a regular basis, but have you ever wondered if yoga was right for you.

Yoga is a very old practice, dating back to 1000-5000 BC, which incorporates not only a system of physical health but also as a means to grow spiritually, to create a union between ones mind and body. Many people who practice yoga don’t really understand the spiritual side – it is more of an exercise medium.

Yoga and it’s ability to influence your day-to-day life in such a positive way have contributed to its mass appeal. Celebrities are praising the lifestyle choice in mainstream media and urging people to try it; it’s obvious that it would become the next biggest thing to try.

Yoga requires that your own body weight be used to hold and maintain poses, inevitably leading to an increase in muscle mass while strengthening the bones and increasing bone density. It doesn’t, however, provide the highest fat burning level as alternative means of exercise. Yoga might only burn 175 – 400 calories, obviously depending on the rigorousness and intensity of the workout. This may not provide a beneficial calorie reduction on a day to day basis that will help melt the pounds off. In fact, the best way to lose weight using yoga is to cross-train with resistance training as well as changing your current eating habits to healthy ones.

When you treat yoga as an equal along with other weight loss means, you will greatly increase its results to your overall health and fitness levels. Some of the benefits of doing yoga on a regular basis include:

  • Resting heart rate will decrease
  • Cardiovascular capacity is increased
  • Sleep length and quality will normalize and lengthen
  • Straightens your posture
  • Improve your immunity and ability to fight diseases
  • Increase of flexibility
  • Decreased risk of injury
  • Helps improve concentration and memory
  • Decreases anxiety and depression while improving moods

 With all the health benefits attributed to yoga, it’s no wonder almost everyone is Hollywood is talking about it.

 


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