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Health and fitness: Yoga for a better life

Updated on January 30, 2014

Health is not everthing

But everything else is nothing without health

The Yoga Centre i attend in New Farm Brisbane
The Yoga Centre i attend in New Farm Brisbane

Recently I started doing Yoga again after quite a long Hiatus/absence-about twenty years. I have been doing other exercise such as cycling and swimming and weights, walking and running. But it was not until I started doing Yoga again that I realised why I was getting so tense and anxious. For one I was not breathing properly. I was constantly holding my breath it seems when a difficult thought or feeling arose. Even after the first class I started to become aware again of my body. Focusing on my breathing helped me realise the importance once again of breath and proper breathing for proper functioning. The long static stretches allowed me to release tension in all sort of places from my ankles and feet to the back of my neck and beyond. Releasing tension anywhere in your body gives you permission to relax your mind and vice versa. There is a link. A mysterious though necessary link link for self preservation between the mind and the body. I intend to practice at the Yoga centre as often as I can.

Breathing is life. It is one of our most vital functions. One of the Five Principles of Yoga is Pranayama or Breathing Exercise which promotes proper breathing. In a Yogic point of view, proper breathing is to bring more oxygen to the blood and to the brain, and to control Prana or the vital life energy. Pranayama Yoga also goes hand in hand with the Asanas. The union of these two Yogic Principles is considered as the highest form of purification and self-discipline, covering both mind and body.

Treat your body as a temple and it will give you peace.

I am convinced that the yoga stretches and poses will enhance your life.  You will move better.
You will be more aware of your reactions to everyday events and as such be able to handle them better.  The stretching will prevent your from stiffness, pain and injury and maladies from decrease in movement from not doing it otherwise.  i am convinced that it can improve the quality of life of every able bodied person. I recommend it highly.


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      Bryan 6 years ago

      Yoga is one of the best exercises there is. It is an all-around exercise that improves your mind, health and body.

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      Deborah J. Myers 7 years ago from South Jersey/ Philadelphia

      I love Yoga as well, great hub!

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      katiem2 7 years ago from I'm outta here

      I love Yoga and practice it on a regular basis. Yoga helps me to be very flexible and mobile, this is a great practice for people of all ages. Great tips and facts on Yoga for health and fitness and for better life. :) Katie

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      Denise Handlon 7 years ago from North Carolina

      Wonderful hub and reminder for myself to include that into my fitness routine. Thanks.

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      Barry Rutherford 7 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Thanks cookingdiva. I hope you will. I believe it is the best thing you can do for yourself and everyone else around one.

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      cookingdiva 7 years ago

      Hi Barry!

      Good to find you on hubpages! I love doing Yoga and it actually it helps me stay calm and healthy. Although I have am doing regularly lately, your hub reminded to be get back to it.

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      Barry Rutherford 7 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Thanks Betty & Rosie I am already looking forward to the next class...

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      Rosie Rose 7 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      Hiya barryrutherford, I always wanted to learn yoga! You just might have given me a little push! thanks!

      Have a nice day!


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      Betty Reid 7 years ago from Texas

      Great suggestion, barryrutherford! And I totally agree with your opening quote.

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      Barry Rutherford 7 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Petra Vlah thanks for your encouragement... :)

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      Barry Rutherford 7 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Earth Angel indeed ! Agree mind body and outlook can be transformed with Yoga practice.

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      Petra Vlah 7 years ago from Los Angeles

      Yoga is a complex exercise of body and mined that equals total fitness. Now, that you are getting in shape:-))) is time to be more active on HP (have not seen you for sometime)...

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      Earth Angel 7 years ago

      GREAT Hub Barry!

      Thank you for sharing! Without my meditation and yoga practices my life would be completely different! When I began years ago so many people thought I was crazy! Now both are mainstream! So happy you have revived your practice!

      Namaste' Earth Angel!

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      Barry Rutherford 7 years ago from Queensland Australia

      okmom23 Thanks for being the first to comment on this and your suggestion I do a series. I will add them as I progress in my Yoga Practice. Again many thanks !

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      Donna Oliver 7 years ago from Midwest, U.S.A.

      I also believe in the power of yoga. Well written, found myself hoping you will write a series! Voted up.