Yogic Path

How Yoga Helps You Increase Mental, Emotional, & Physical Fitness

Updated on 16 August 2020 • 8 minute read
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Can yoga help us achieve fitness? 

Is it enough of a workout? 

Well, that depends. 

There are many different styles of yoga – some faster-paced than others. 

If you’re referring to physical fitness in terms of an effective workout then yes, yoga styles like ashtanga, vinyasa, hot yoga, and power yoga can not only help you work up a sweat but also gain muscle and core strength. 

But let’s have a deeper look at the concept of fitness and set up some common ground here…

 

What exactly is fitness? 

The Cambridge Dictionary defines ‘fitness’ as ‘the condition of being physically strong and healthy.’ 

But here’s the thing – true fitness isn’t just about the physical. 

It’s also about: 

  • Being emotionally strong and healthy
  • Being mentally strong and healthy

 

Now, if we’re looking strictly at physical fitness there are certain parameters that can indicate whether a person is physically fit or not:

  • Cardiovascular fitness (the state of your heart, arteries and blood vessels) 
  • Heart rate variability (aka HRV, the higher this number the higher the fitness)
  • Respiratory fitness (the state of your lungs and breathing capacity, oxygenation levels) 
  • Muscular fitness (strength and endurance)
  • Mobility & flexibility (the state of your connective tissues, tendons, and ligaments)
  • Body fat levels (aka body mass index or BMI)
  • Gut health (the state of your microbiome/gut bugs, inflammation levels, ease of digestion) 

 

Why yoga is unique in helping you reach your fitness goals

When you think about it, yoga is the most tried and tested form of exercise in history. 

It’s an over 5,000-year-old practice that has withstood the test of time. 

Even though it has evolved a lot throughout the centuries and different major periods, it says a lot that today yoga is more far-reaching than ever. 

It’s estimated that about 2 billion people practice yoga worldwide according to the United Nations News. (1)  

 

And this is for good reason – because yoga helps us reach each facet of fitness and then some: 

  • Physical fitness
  • Mental fitness
  • Emotional fitness
  • Energetic fitness
  • Spiritual fitness

 

The true Yogic Path is based on 8 distinct limbs that cater to helping you develop each of these five pillars of fitness:

 

  1. The Yamas (Self-regulating behaviors)
    1. Ahimsa (Non-violence, benevolence, & compassion)
    2. Satya (truthfulness)
    3. Asteya (even-exchange)
    4. Aparigraha (non-attachment)
    5. Brahmacharya (non-excess & self-control) 
  2. The Niyamas (Personal Observances) 
    1. Saucha (Cleanliness)
    2. Santosha (Contentment, gratitude, & appreciation)
    3. Tapas (self-discipline through pain and challenge)
    4. Svadhyaya (self-study and self-awareness)
    5. Ishvara Pranidhana (surrender to a higher power, dedication, & devotion) 
  3. Asanas (Mindful body postures meant to prepare the mind for meditation)
  4. Pranayama (the regulation of your vital energy via controlled breathing) 
  5. Pratyahara (turning the senses away from the external world and towards the internal world)
  6. Dharana (sustained and one-pointed focus and concentration)
  7. Dhyana (Deep meditation and contemplation)
  8. Samadhi (Union with the higher self, the transcendence of the lower mind, bliss, & deep inner knowing) 

 

This might be the first time you hear about the 8-Limbed Yogic Path because most of the modern yoga world focuses mainly on the third limb – the physical postures. 

But that’s just like looking at the tip of the iceberg and thinking that’s all there is to it. 

For many of us, the physical aspect of yoga is the entryway through which we deepen our daily practice to include these other limbs. 

So yes, the physical aspect of yoga can help you burn fat, tone up, and look and feel amazing. 

And there’s also a lot more to the big picture that is true Yoga. 

 

References: 

(1) https://news.un.org/en/audio/2016/06/614172

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Package Includes:

 

  • Luxury Four Diamond Suite,
  • with fireplaces, jacuzzi tubs, Starbucks Coffee, king size beds with down pillows, mattresses, and duvet covers.
  • Private patios surrounded by 10,000 roses and fragrant honeysuckle.
  • All Suites are rated 4 Diamond by AAA for “Exceptional accommodations and service”
  • Use of all spa facilities including
  • 6 swimming pools, 4000 sq. ft. fitness center, outdoor tennis courts, labyrinth, golf center and more.
  • hair care & moisturizer
  • Turndown each evening
  • Luxurious Robe, slippers, & spa outfit.
  • Flowers, fruit, & bottled water.

 

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  • Fitness Classes & Lectures
  • Daily Guided Hikes each morning to southern Utah’s scenic back country.
  • THREE NIGHT Minimum Stay

 

When comparing  with other destination spas, it is important to evaluate and compare the size and quality of our 4 Diamond Accommodations.

 

There is no other Destination Spa that offers 4 Diamond quality. Awarded the

“Best Spa Overall” by SpaFinder Magazine, it is also recommended by

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Absolutely Abs

Intense workout focused on abdominal and back muscles. May incorporate the fit ball.

 

Aquacise

Movements, stretching and toning using the resistance of the water.

 

Cardio Boxing

Cardio workout using basic boxing moves with hanging boxing bags.

 

Cardio La Cha Cha

A total body workout using the basic dance moves from the Latin Merengue, Salsa, and Samba dances.

 

Circuit Power Board

Uses a powerboard which is a combination of a step platform and minitramp. Includes weight machines in two minute intervals.

 

Circuit Training

Interval training using different equipment and movements for all parts of the body.

 

Fun with Fitball

Cardio, toning, stretching and balance using a fitball.

 

Mat Pilates

Strengthen, lengthening, toning, and increasing flexibility without machines. Focuses on body core (abdominals/back).

 

Power Yoga

Introduces a Vinyasa (flow) style of yoga. A more vigorous and active practice using an Ashtanga based sun salutation series. Draws on strength and endurance as well as flexibility.

 

“Spin” Reebok Cycle

Uses imagery to enjoy a “spinning” bike ride while getting a challenging workout. Adjusted for all levels.

 

Step Circuit

Basic step movements for all levels using a step platform. Incorporates various weights for strength.

 

Stretch and Basic Yoga

Slow and full stretching combined with basic yoga positions.

 

Strength and Resistance Training

Learn how to design your own strength and resistance training

program while getting started using our weight equipment.

 

Tai Chi

Interaction of the Ying and Yang in the body, mind and spirit through easy and precise movements. Improves balance and increases energy.

 

Total Body Conditioning

Muscle strengthening and toning from head to toe using weights and resistance tubing.

 

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