Yoga is the practice of physical exercise through physical poses to improve control of your body and mind. It might sound simple but you'll get amazed of what this Yoga can do for you especially if you learn all the methods and attend some sessions. Is that the reason why some countries all over the world considered it as sports?
What is sports? Merriam Webster Dictionary defined sports as an activity involving physical exertion and skill in which an individual or team competes against another or others for entertainment. In Wikipedia, sports is defined to include all forms of competitive physical activity or games which, through casual or organized participation, aim to use, maintain or improve physical ability and skills while providing enjoyment to participants, and in some cases, entertainment for spectators. Now, what is Yoga? Does this relate to sports? Yoga is a wide term where physical, mental and spiritual practices underlies. These practices and its disciplines' main objective is to transform the body while enlightening the mind.
These two has some sort of connections to each other. Plus they also both cover set of rules to be followed. All in all, they both need focus in order to get what they really aim to achieve. But in yoga, there are not much warm ups needed, energy drinks and meds to be taken in order to be able to do it because all you're going to do is relax and go with the flow of what your trainer is about to instruct you. Just listen on whatever your trainer will say or keep eyes on them if it does not require you to keep your eyes closed. But even if it did, all you need to feel is the warmth of your body and the cooperation of your mind feeling every inch of your cells working as you follow what your trainer has told you. Remember, your mind is working with your body. Completely different from sports that really needs training for your body to adopt what you might encounter in your training so you can avoid the tendencies of encountering injuries, fractures, sprains, muscle pains, breathing difficulties, etc. In yoga, silence is a must. In sports, silence is boring because crowd that cheers you brings life and energy back to the game.
Yoga might sound simple but it could give you lots of benefits in your physical, mental and spiritual well being. Yoga can help you improve in your blood circulation, high blood pressure, reduces risks of arthritis and osteoporosis, exceeds your mobility you thought limited, reduces lower back pain, improves breathing difficulty, reduce or removes headaches, releases tension, stress and depression. Yoga can also help you increase your focus and concentration, helps you understand the connection between your mind and body, helps you gain strength and stamina, improves your balance, stability, flexibility, proper posture and develops body awareness. There are various types of Yoga to choose from. They have different methods and poses you can choose from what you prefer or depending on what you want to achieve. Each sets has certain types for specific fitness levels.
With its differences and similarities, Yoga somehow is declared as a sport in India. While it is said that most Yoga practitioners and trainers are women, there are also men who admitted they practice Yoga and helped them a lot. The coach of National Basketball Association (NBA) Lakers Phil Jackson uses Yoga's technique of mindfulness (meditation practice) in his team to keep them concentrated in the game. The team admitted that Yoga has helped them a lot to increase their focus on the game. Not just NBA, but also football. Yes, no other than the NFL. Russell Okung, left tackle for the Seahawks, considers yoga and meditation as important as lifting weights and being out there on a practice. Because yoga helped the team concentrate and not get distracted on whatever is happening in the outside world. The teams admitted Yoga has helped them in lot of ways especially to keep their balance and maintain their skills and abilities because every pose in yoga strikes a muscle that increases flexibility, strength, and more. Yoga played a big role for them to improve in the game and play well because yoga refreshes mind and welcomes positive thoughts into the body which would give you a head start to fulfill your goals step by step.
Yoga is continuously emerging in sports industry. Yoga really makes a good sport especially for those who are not fun of large crowds. This might be the first step that will be your guide in building your path. In yoga, you only need to concentrate and connect with your mind and body. Not just it promotes physical, mental and spiritual awareness. It also helps you get in touch with your inner self. You will be able to know your self better and see things the way it was not before. Some yoga can be gentle and meditative. These are composed of mild moves and not too intense work outs. But some yoga are wild which consists of extreme moves. No matter what type of practice you want for yourself, it will lead you to a more stronger body and more focused mind. And those things will lead you to a more relaxed spirit for a more controlled life.