Do you feel that yoga counts as exercise or is it more of a mental health practice?

Lea N.
I think it is kinda mental practice as it does not loft uour puls to the levels Excercise do. And the whole purpose of the Excersice is to make your heart pump the blood vigorously
Lana N.
I think yoga is both mental and physical, infinitely intertwined and inseparable. However, the beauty of it is that there are so many shades of yoga: so many styles, that you can tailor it exactly to your needs, which may vary from day to day. You can make it as physical or as mental an exercise as you like, you can choose your pace, match it to your abilities and your mood and have the best practice each and every time.
Tommy Y.
I would suggest , please consider yoga as an exercise for mental health
It calms you down and brings an immense peace within you
Giulia P.
I think it's both. It helps stay active but it's also good for mental health. Plus, if I'm being active I'm more pleased with myself, so yay again mental health
Caroline B.
I feel that yoga is more than poses and stretch, is a connection with ourselves, with our body, and I clearly do it for mental health
Efunwoye L.
It is more of a mental health practice as it helps you focus more and relax,it calms your mind and this leads to more productivity as your mind is less chaotic and can think straight
Claire Y.
I feel that yoga is more of a mental health practice. I actually decide to do yoga to help with my mental health. I have done yoga for 30 days straight and it was so enlightening because I didn’t think of it as a practice but an exercise that I love to do. I didn’t even worry about my body as much because I am more focused on each movement.
V Jas O.
Probably a more stretching kind of mental health practice. It's the same as when people count walking as exercise, while it does help you burn a bit more calories, it's not really that much of a challenge for your body as actual exercising, running, etc.
Tanya S.
I think it does count as excercise. Exercise is everything that hwlps you develop, it doesn't matter if it is emotionally, or physically. Yoga can help us stretch and reflex about various things.
Sergio R.
It can be whatever you’d like it to be. Some use it to strengthen their core balance . Others use it to release tension built up from stress. And some use it for its health benefits. I’d recommend researching what you’d like to target as theres specific practices of yoga so you get the best results.
Cheyenne E.
In my honest opinion, I look at them as both beneficial for physical and mental health. Being physically active helps you reach goals to be healthier, while using exercise as a healing method to helping your mental health can also bring on some brand new things about yourself. You can be so relaxed, energized, and positive about more in life when both of your physical and mental health are put as a priority at the same time.
Simone M.
Yoga is an ancient form of exercise that focuses on strength, flexibility and breathing to boost physical and mental wellbeing. The main components of yoga are postures (a series of movements designed to increase strength and flexibility) and breathing. I feel it to be REFRESHING and a part of EXERCISE.
Kaia O.
Both depending on the person and their mindset going into it. I go into it knowing it is both good for my body and mind. A more difficult level of yoga is definitely more of an exercise but it is all the same in the fact that it is a mental health practice no matter the level. Sometimes I go into my yoga for the sole purpose of bettering my mind and relaxing, etc. and sometimes I think of it just as exercise but no matter how it’s looked at it does all the same
Ivelina A.
For me it's a balanced combination of both. It depends what type of yoga you do and what practice you choose. Yoga can be both
Mila C.
Defenetly, yoga moves your body and some of the movements are pretty hard so for me it is a exercise , I usually do yoga after Any time of exercise because it stretches my muscles. But it still counts as and exercise…. What about you ???
Hiltraud Y.
It can be both! There are different types of yoga, some are more challenging for the body which can count as an exercise, but all of them include lots of focus on breathing, which can count as meditation. So in my opinion yoga can be both an exercise and a mental health practice
Chelsey E.
I think both, it’s a majour mental health/self care excercise that is equally beneficial to the health of your brain as to a physical body excercise benefiting your body building resiliency and better flexibility
Katherine N.
Currently, I am taking yoga as exercise, however, there is understanding that it should be perceived as a mental health practice. I’m trying to work on it, and now it brings me joy for sure. Hopefully, in the nearest future, it’ll become more of what it needs to be)
Andrea Z.
Both!! It does help with strength & muscle building physically built the mental effects for me are the breathing & calming of my thoughts as I flow through my practice🧘🏻‍♀️💗
Tannaz J.
I think yoga can do both, it depends on the exercise and the routine, it depends how you wanna use yoga and for what purpose. You want to practice for mental health or for your fitness, thats your choice.
Marcus W.
at first I did it as a mental health practice, but eventually it became a great full body exercise ! I fell powerful after doing yoga right now
Simon E.
I think yoga counts as what you want it to be. It can be all at once or just one thing. That's some of the magic it has. Sometimes you want a fiery practice, sometimes just stretching and meditation sounds good, or maybe you want to be more present in your mind and body and check in with yourself. You can have all of that at once or separately. So it depends on what you want it to be and what your soul demands. Namaste.
Louane B.
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Roast whatever you want – sweet potatoes, onions, butternut squash, white potatoes, broccoli, cauliflower (I like to make a tray every three days) and then store them to just throw in things.
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Dorit O.
I think it depends on what you want to get out of yoga. If you need it to relax, rejuvenated, and stretch, technically that’s not exercise, but it has a lot of other benefits. If you want to get in a cardio workout or strength training, then certain types of yoga can do that for you. If you want to use yoga as a mental Heath workout, than that’s cool too. I think yoga can exercise what ever you want to exercise.
Tamara E.
You use your body weight to exercise your muscles and you use your mind to focus on your body and breathing. Depending on the exercise, meditation will also be involved. So, both.
Kurt F.
I think yoga counts as an exercise, 100%. It’s easy to find very physical yoga routines. Astanga yoga is a good example. It’s very dynamic and makes you sweat.
Nathalie R.
It depends on what kind of flow the yoga session is. When I do more relaxing, restorative yoga I find it as more of a mental health practice but some sessions that are more strength built and get your blood moving I will count as a form of movement and exercise.
Eliyah E.
It’s healthy cause it’s stretch your body if you breathing with ijjayi long and deep, if you do Asana in deep state of disconnection from outside and keep each Asana for 5-10 breathing you do mental workout. It’s called méditation in mouvement then also you must observe commandments for yogi the 8 limbs of Patanjali. Chante at least mantra a day, before each meditation, and priori to start the yoga. Then at the end of yoga and méditation cause you must serve Divine Source with your holy thoughts, speech and actions

With love&kindness

Leon U.
Both! Since it works wonders for your mental health it also increases your stamina and makes your muscles stronger. In conclusion, it helps you calm down and take a break while building muscle and endurance.
Damla G.
I consider it as both. It's an exercise that you do while being mentally in the moment and being mindful. While doing other physical exercises I find my mind wondering a lit but not with yoga. While doing yoga, I'm present.