Does Yoga Count As Exercise?

Does Yoga Count as Exercise?
Does Yoga Count as Exercise?

ARTICLE: Does Yoga Count As Exercise?

by Laura Schwecherl

Do you agree with Ms. Schwecherl? I say “yes” and “no.” It depends what style of yoga you’re practicing. Hatha Flow Yoga addresses all five areas of physical fitness, including 1) muscular strength, 2) muscular endurance, 3) flexibility 4) body composition and 5) Cardiovascular conditioning. Sun salutations, repetitions and sequences increase heart rate and respiration.

Current U.S. Guidelines for healthy adults is 150+  minutes of moderate (or 75 minutes of intense) weekly exercise. You could practice hatha flow yoga several days a week (how about daily? :)) or alternate your practice with sustained cardiovascular activities and sports. I like walking, cycling, swimming and hula hooping!

“The one love you yearn for most…”

Love“The one love you yearn for most is unconditional love. The one love that is hardest to give is unconditional love. Yet all other forms of love are an illusion next to unconditional love. True love is free from expectations and empty of preconceived notions. In unconditional love there are no disappointments, for there are no expectations; there are no rejections, for there are no preconceived notions. Unconditional love is giving yourself fully and receiving fully.”

– Rabbi Shoni Labowitz, “Miraculous Living”

Hoop Yourself Slim With This Hula-Hoop Workout

They call it a “super fun belly blaster.” Have you considered the cardiovascular and muscular benefits of hoola hooping? I haven’t tried all the exercises in this article yet; but, I did hoop for 30 minutes today, which means I burned 150-250 calories. 🙂

“Seeds of Death” – Documentary

I am grateful for the many books and documentaries yoga students share with me. Today I heard about “Seeds of Death.” I watched it for free on YouTube and learned about Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) in our food supply. According to the film, bio-chemical companies cross-breed plants and animals for profit– to encourage larger, more abundant, pesticide-resistant foods. Sounds like a win for the food supply, right? But studies show these foods are harmful to eat, contributing to our rise in allergies, syndromes, diseases and infertility over the past 100 years since its introduction. The whole system is controlled by one politically powerful and litigious biochemical seed manufacturer. I have questions. Why does the FDA and lawmakers protect them instead of us? How can we avoid GMO foods? I encourage you to watch the film and let me know what you think.

Know Who You Are

Miraculous LivingHere’s an excerpt from a book I’m reading. I see an overlap between Kabbalah and Yoga Philosophy here. Do you?

Miraculous Living: A Guided Journey in Kabbalah Through the Ten Gates of the Tree of Life [Paperback]

“Know who you are. Although everyone is inhabited by a God-spark, you are a God-spark with a unique soul circuit, born to receive and spread your part of the light. No one else has your unique light. The aspect of you that is light is everlasting because it is connected to the Infinite Source. All you have to do is empty and open for receptivity; position yourself to be a conduit. Witness yourself and your connections to other people. As you integrate with others, remember the essence of who you are and the abundance of your light, so that you will steer your energy away from a limiting perception of competition, jealousy, and insecurity. These sensations mislead you into believing your goodness, happiness, prosperity, and even your health depend on outside influences.”

– From “Miraculous Living” A Guided Journey in Kabbalah
Through the Ten Gates of the Tree of Life” by Rabbi Shoni Labowitz

Stop Forcing and Start Regressing Yoga Poses


Triangle Pose Modification
Triangle Pose Modification

Stop Forcing and Start Regressing Yoga Poses

Stop Forcing and Start Regressing Yoga Poses – Article from the American Council on Exercise features four yoga postures, common misalignment, and recommended regressions for beginners and to improve alignment.