The Best Way To Stretch And Tone Those Muscles

One of the hottest trends in fitness today is Yoga. Yoga is a combination of different body movements that is designed to strengthen, stretch, tone the muscles of the body. This body conditioning routine was designed and founded in India thousands of years ago. This program includes precision, breathing, concentration, and control.

One of the many benefits is the improvement of lung capacity because the exercise incorporates deep and heavy breathing. The mind and the muscles are both coordinated in an effective Yoga workout so the strength and flexibility of the abdomen, back, and stabilizer muscles is achieved. Furthermore, the body’s posture, strength and balance are also improved. With these many benefits, overall health and well-being will surely be improved.

Many gyms, spas, and studios who offer Yoga training and equipment have sprouted everywhere. There is no doubt that it already gained a cult following.

Effective YogaYoga has simple and effective body movements that strengthen one’s back, firm the stomach, and redistribute body weight. Yoga exercises stretch and tone the body muscles. They increase endurance and improve flexibility. Yoga Asanas or positions are the best among all exercises for toning muscles, lubricating joints and massaging the body. Yoga postures bring physical as well as mental stability, health and vigor.

These Asanas were developed thousands of years ago and have evolved over centuries. They work wonders in keeping the body healthy and the mind peaceful. Asanas exercise the nerves, glands, ligaments, and muscles. In other words, yoga exercises are the most comprehensive method of self care. Although asanas are very powerful, the effect becomes dramatic when they are done the right way. The mind must be in harmony with the body movements.

Hatha Yoga

For this it is essential to equip yourself with the other tools of Integral Yoga. The aspect of Yoga that most people are aware of is “Hatha Yoga” or the Yoga of Postures. Developing a strong, healthy and flexible body is but one aspect of this ancient science. Yogis revere the body. However, they do this because they realize that a weak and tired body is a hindrance towards spiritual progress. By being mindful of their breathing while they practice the various postures, they train themselves to discipline their minds. By disciplining their minds, they are able to abide by the principles which Yoga stands for.

First amongst these principles is “Ahimsa”, or peacefulness in thought, deed, and action not only to other human beings, but also to all living creatures, and most importantly to our own selves. Remember this when you tend to push yourself into a forward bend! You will be able to do it over a period, just be easy on yourself.

Anyone can practice Yoga. You don’t need any special equipment, clothing, or lessons; all you need is the will to pursue a healthier and happier lifestyle. The Yoga Postures and Asanas exercise every part of your body. The stretching involved helps in toning your muscles and joints, including your spine and your entire Skeletal System. Yoga not only facilitates in improving your body but also aids in keeping your Glands, Nerves and your other internal organs in radiant health.

Lifestyles of the rich and famous

Toned muscles

The rich and the famous are also drawn to this mind and body exercise. Kim Lady Gaga, Madonna, Jennifer Aniston, David Beckham and Robert Downey Jnr are few of the many celebrities who are practicing and reaping the benefits of Yoga. So if celebrities are paying big bucks to certified trainers in the country, then this really must be a great exercise.

Yes indeed! It is one great workout. It would not be this popular if it isn’t.

There are two ways on how you can exercise Yoga. One way is to focus on floor exercises. Most people are doing floor exercise because it is less expensive and more convenient. The only equipment you will need is a Yoga mat and a Yoga instructor.

If you can’t afford to hire a Yoga instructor, there are many home videos available in the market that features instructions on how to exercise Yoga. Just make sure that you select videos from reputable instructors. Also, be careful when doing the exercises and routines yourself, doing Yoga without a qualified teacher could cause you injury if you don’t perform it cautiously.

Yoga accessories

The other way to practice Yoga is through the use of yoga props that will tone and strengthen the body. Most gyms have this equipment and usually you have to pay a yearly fee to avail the use of their equipment and trainers.

During your workout it would be practical if you wear light and comfortable clothes. Tights and a tank top are also a good choice.

Stay focused on the routines and exercises. Your teacher will teach you ways on how to breathe properly and combine it with the body movements. You would not be able to achieve your Yoga goals if you do not stay focused and disciplined to practice the right way of making the routines.

Start from the simple routines and work your way up to the more advanced and more rewarding routines. This way your body could adjust slowly and possible injuries will be prevented.

Because Yoga focuses on strength and flexibility new studies show that two 60-minute Yoga sessions only burn about 250 calories, it would be wise to combine it with other cardiovascular type workouts like running and step aerobics.


Lastly, don’t join the Yoga bandwagon just because you think it is the in thing these days. Stick with the program, be disciplined and stay focused. Yoga has many benefits and soon enough you’ll notice that your body is improved. It is indeed one great work out, it not only helps in enhancing your daily tasks through flexibility and improved body strength it also makes your mind and spirit feel relaxed and rejuvenated.

Love to hear your journey with yoga and how it has improved your life.

Please leave your comments down below.

Namaste Shane.

2 thoughts on “The Best Way To Stretch And Tone Those Muscles”

  1. Hi Shane. Thank you for another great article. To be fait I started Yoga mostly to deal with day to day stress but now Im seeing that there are much more benefits of this trainings. I love a idea of using Yoga as fitness exercise and to improve my condition and flexibility due to it. Definitely I need to go deeper in this topic to learn best and most efficient ways to train.

    • Hello Cogito, 

      Thank you for reading my post. 

      Glad to hear yoga was able to help with your stress. 

      I hope you continue your yoga journey.

      Namaste Shane.


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