How to Understand the Difference Between Yoga and the Exercises the Major Benefits of Yoga
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How to Understand the Difference Between Yoga and the Exercises the Major Benefits of Yoga

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Yoga is not an exercise; while at the same time exercise, no matter how scientific it can be, is not yoga. The Asana (the posture) appears as if it is exercising, however the Asana is a movement of the body for better coordination among the body, mind, heart and the soul. The exercise is a physical and mechanical activity, which can make the functioning of the parts of our body work with greater strength and stamina. For, example, if one runs for miles, it cannot give the same results as the Pranayama can give. The Pranayama is the Art of Breathing.

We seem to believe that walking briskly and doing heavy exercises can give us extra energy to the lungs and the heart. However, the Pranayama offers a better way. Scientifically, when we inhale from the right nostril, it gives positive charging to the lungs. On the other hand, from the left we get negative charging. These charges, though little in the amount, give greater strength to the lungs. At the same time, the blocking and releasing the breath gives better results, as we find that deep breathing and holding the breath as in the Pranayama has great importance for most sports, like that of shooting, fencing, boxing, and so many others. Perhaps it is impossible to find any sport in which the control over the breath, or the art of breathing does not play a significant role.

Exercise usually leads to the making and the breaking of the cell; however, in yoga; it is removing, refreshing and renewal of the cells in such a smooth way that there are no after-effects. Exercise needs more consumption of food both while we do it and after we have done it. Yoga, on the other hand, works to utilize the minimum food for the maximum output. We may compare the yoga with the marathon as compared to the sprints of 100 meters or more:  while in sprinting, the muscles may produce lactic acids, which the yoga can remove, without any hard or excessive exercise, as though comprising an easy-going marathon, in which the not only the body participates, but also the mind and the higher faculties.

Exercises do not offer activities higher than the motor nerves, but yoga offers the easygoing marathon of the body as the Asana to the highest level of the mental activities, as in the stages higher than the Asana, such as the posture known as the Pranayama: concentration, meditation; and the Samadhi, the highest level of concentration. Yoga prepares one for long marathon of life, while remaining healthy throughout life. Thus, exercises alone do not compare to yoga.

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again another wonderful article

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Thanks for your comment. You see Carol, yoga magnetizes the body and mind because the movement creates the electricity or the current, but very slow movements or postures in the yoga have strong magnetic healing effects on our body.