Note: In the
AYP Easy Lessons book, the
Asanas, Mudras and Bandhas
book, and at AYP Plus, additional
information to this lesson is provided covering an effective yoga-friendly muscle toning
and aerobic exercise program.
Lesson 80 -
Physical Fitness and Yoga (Audio)
AYP Plus Additions:
80.1 - Instructions for Aerobic and Muscle Toning
Video: Ten Minute Muscle Toning Exercises
Date: Sun Jan 11, 2004 4:42pm
New Visitors: It is recommended you read from the beginning of the archive, as previous
lessons are prerequisite to this one. The first lesson is, "Why
Q: What is the relationship of physical fitness and yoga? I would think the
muscle building that is so popular is not very compatible.
A: There are many definitions of fitness. As they say, "Beauty is in the eye
of the beholder."
For purposes of spiritual practice, fitness means keeping the body in good
tone and flexible externally and internally, which can be done with daily
walking or other light aerobic-style exercise, light calisthenics &
isometrics for all muscle groups, and, of course, yoga asanas. Something
like tai chi is also good, which builds a good connection between the
physical and spiritual dimensions of us in a grounding way.
Click here for
instructions on the AYP Aerobic and Muscle Toning Exercises
For the body builder (or any physically oriented athlete) that is not
enough. He or she will want to do much more with the muscles. The practices
must be aimed at the goal.
For spiritual practice, the things mentioned above are enough. For other
definitions of fitness it will be something else.
By the way, there is no rule that says a body builder or any other kind of
athlete cannot become a yogi or yogini. There is nothing that says one can't
do both if so inclined. It is just a question of what one's interests are. I
believe in free choice and in each taking personal responsibility for their
life. I try to keep that idea out in front in all these lessons.
That's why every lesson ends with,
The guru is in you.
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