I worked as a Personal Trainer for many years & at the time enjoyed lifting heavy weights & doing high intensity cardio sessions & training others to do the same. To be physically strong & super fit can make you feel amazing & it can definitely have an effect on shaping & toning your body. However, I found this often limited people to believing they had to either go to a gym or buy a whole lot of equipment to have their own home gym in order to keep fit & strong. Also believing for a workout to be "worthwhile" or have any benefit, it had to feel like a "torture" session! This can impact the simple joy of moving your body & becoming healthier.
As I progressed with my studies & self experiments to keep fit & strong, I started doing mainly body weight exercises, Pilates, Yoga & more moderate intensity cardio. Incorporating only a few pieces of equipment, mainly; fit-ball, medicine ball, gym swing & a couple of pairs on dumbbells. I love the freedom & simplicity of this type of method. I also find it more enjoyable & less likely to make up excuses why not to do it!
Although the traditional practice of yoga is not focused on stretching & loosening tight/stiff muscles & joints, I have included it in the "Stretching" section of "Lighten Your Body", as it is very beneficial for this purpose.
“Our body is precious. It is our vehicle for awakening. Treat it with care.”
(from Buddha's little instruction book).