“Exercises are like prose, whereas yoga is the poetry of movements.”
― Amit Ray.
Guru, Ray, paints a precise picture of yoga with his metaphor. Through this quote, one can begin to understand the difference between yoga and basic exercise. Both poetry and prose are forms of writing, just as yoga and aerobics are forms of physical activity. While prose keeps you informed and exercise keeps you healthy, poetry inspires creativity and yoga inspires insight or enlightenment. Yoga and poetry both incite fruitful and sometimes undefinable epiphanies.
Like poetry, yoga forces you to slow down and contemplate your own life. In times of worry or anxiety, twenty minutes of yoga will lower your stress levels, boost your immune system, improve your posture, empower your self-confidence and so much more (38 Health Benefits of Yoga).
Personally, one noticeable benefit of yoga for me is an improved ability to control or rearrange my moods and thinking schema. Before I start my yoga, deadlines, decisions and distractions plague me. However once a yoga session begins, I am forced to put aside the anxiety and embrace the power of peace (even if only for 20 minutes). Yoga has made me stronger physically (noticeably boosting my pushup count); it has also strengthened my mind. When it comes to thinking, yoga has helped me organize and take control.
Now that I’m finally grasping the technique and the routine, I figure it’s time for me to know the authentic names of my very cherished yoga poses. This “Yoga Cheat Sheet” is not only a helpful tool for memorizing the names of poses, but also it functions as a solid workout routine for beginners and intermediates.
Your Yoga Cheat Sheet
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