To many avid sports and health lovers, there are several handsome pick of sports / exercises to choose from and so what makes Yoga unique?
Now, Yoga (in my opinion) is unique because it comprehends physical activity, breathing and meditation.
In brief, the physical activity (e.g. Surya Namaskara A & B in Asana Ashtanga Vinyasa Primary Series) enables the body to warm up and consequently increase heart rate. However, throughout the practice, the practitioner is able to regulate the breathing to manage the heart rate and with stretches included at the end of the practice, these help to cool down the body and bring down the heart rate. Regular practitioners are also more likely to include meditation which calms the mind and heart.
Continuous appreciation of Yoga in this dimension will certainly highlight the benefits to the cardiovascular health system. Embrace and enjoy the practice!
March 2018 200 Hr Weekend YTT