Sometime ago there was a phase in my life when I was stretched to the limits. I was living a dark age and I could not find my way out. That was when like a saint, someone advised me to start practicing yoga. So far, I thought yoga was for fitness gurus and health obsessed individuals, but I learnt otherwise. I started reading on yoga and ended up finishing two books on it.
What I gained from the literature was the elixir of life. Yoga is a very profound and systematic manner of achieving fitness. Yet it is more than that. It is a process to unite the three trios; mind, body and spirit through a rhythmic stretch-out routine and making these into a one whole, and by thus gaining a higher consciousness of self and more so; a sense of alienated peace.
Through yoga, the mind is calmed and there are manners even to learn to stop it from its ramblings. Stress and tension are killed by performing the simple techniques like the neck exercise, body is calmed by performing the cobra, back is strengthened by the back stretch, mind is soothed with the breathing exercise, and complexion is made better by the head stand!
So, a higher level of fitness is reached not by a huffing and puffing work-out but by the graceful techniques of yoga. I know kids of today are not so excited by age old traditions as yoga, but trust me, once you get the hang of it; three days a week for yoga seem less!