Yoga or Walking Which Is Better

by Nagesh
(Hyderabad)

Sir. I am regularly walking for 45 minutes and doing basic yoga asanas for 30 minutes. I want to know which is more beneficial. If yoga is better than walking I can spend more time in doing asanas.



Answer

Yoga asanas and walking both are beneficial for health. Yoga practice is different from exercise. For a person with sedentary lifestyle, walking for 30 min to 45 minutes is very good exercise. On the other hand yoga practice provides you with much desired relaxation and rejuvenating the mind body complex.

I suggest you continue with your present routine and gradually develop your yoga practice further. If you can devote more time, you can start pranayama also.

Yoga asanas and walking keep the body physically fit while pranayama helps to increase the pranic energy, releases stress and makes our mind calm. You can start with deep breathing and anulom vilom pranayama. Make sure that you learn the correct technique of doing pranayama.

Gradually develop your asana practice by learning new asanas or increasing gradually the time for holding of asanas.

Hope this helps.

Warm regards
Daljit

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Walking Or Yoga
by: Peri

I believe by doing asanas one tend to massage the internal organs whereby it get cleansed whereas in walking one does not get this benefit.


Editors Note

Thanks Peri,

You you are saying is correct. Yoga is better than walking as it exercises the internal organs, improves functioning of endocrine system and host of other benefits.

A person of normal body weight doing one hour or more yoga may not require to do any walking. But if you are overweight, have a sedentary lifestyle and want to lose weight. Then it is recommended to augment your yoga practice with some games, jogging or walking.

Namaste
Daljit

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