May 4th 2012
Don’t kill yourself running marathons when the good life’s available to you on your mat.
I just realised how long it’s been since I’ve been on here, where does time go?
Any way in this mornings yoga session the topic came up about whether yoga was aerobic. I guess we could have pondered this rich discussion for a few hours and I’m sure many of you have your own opinion which is why I’m touching on the subject, to air discussion.
(I just want to add I teach a few runners, extreme runners, so the subject had potential to get juicy, but yoga time won the vote:)
A brief line on me
I danced for the majority of my life till I was 17 and then moved from dance into yoga. I guess at a young age you get attracted to the more physical sides of the practice, which as we know isn’t the purpose behind practicing yoga at all, but I really don’t want to get into that because it’s a different subject (or maybe a book) for another time.
Yoga and my own personal Sadhana has always been about balance and gaining the necessary benefits required for that particular day or that moment in time and as we know we are continuously changing so the asanas that we did last monday may not fit the bill next friday. To me listening to the body is vital so why do we feel the need to get 30 minutes of intense daily aerobic exercise if our bodies don’t really feel tuned into that on that particular day. Are we still living in the past when it was only beneficial if we ‘felt the burn’? or are we just addicted to the good old exercise rush? and believe me I was addicted to that rush for many years.
A brief meaning
Relating to or denoting exercise that improves the efficiency of the body’s cardiovascular system in absorbing and transporting oxygen.
If the heart rate rises above it’s norm and oxygen intake becomes deeper, this is classed as aerobic.
12 rounds of Surya Namaskar (or more) may answer the question above:)
Have a Great Weekend!! :)