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What is the difference between Yogasanas and other exercises?

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posted Mar 20 by anonymous

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A lot of us are not sure about the difference between an 

Yoga and Physical exercise and often wonder whether one is better than the other. If you too are not sure, read on to find out. Here are some of the differences in a general sense:

  • In the practice of Yoga, the oxygen consumption is reduced whereas in physical exercise the oxygen consumption is increased.
  • In Yoga, the respiration rate falls, whereas in exercise it increases. This is because physical exercises are generally done very quickly and with a lot of heavy breathing, therefore the respiratory system is forced to work much harder.
  • In Yoga, the body temperature drops whereas while exercising it tends to rise.
  • In asana, the body’s metabolic rate drops whereas with exercise it is seen to increase.
  • In asana, the muscles receive minimum nutrition/ oxygen and the organs receive more, whereas, in Physical exercise, it is the muscles that receive the most nutrition/ oxygen.
  • In asana, the blood pressure and heart rate decrease, whereas in exercise they increase as your heart is working harder.
  • It is also seen that a regular yoga practitioner’s body requires lesser food than a person who indulges in more physical exercise.
  • Yoga helps to harmonize the endocrinal secretions, thereby balancing the emotions and giving a positive attitude to life.
  • Yoga stimulates the parasympathetic nervous system, while exercise stimulates the sympathetic nervous system.
  • Physical exercise tends to overwork the joints and can often lead to rheumatism and stiffness later on in life. The opposite is the case with asana.
  • Yoga encourages flexibility and capacity to adapt to the environment and to change if done correctly. They also help develop stamina.
answer Mar 22 by Ashwini