Benefits of Yoga

Benefits of Yoga

Welcome To Yoga

Introduction:

Yoga is a group of physical, mental, and spiritual practices or disciplines which originated in ancient India. Yoga is one of the six orthodox schools of Hindu philosophical traditions. There is a broad variety of yoga schools, practices, and goals in Hinduism, Buddhism, and Jainism. Wikipedia

“The purpose of yoga is to build strength, awareness and harmony in both the mind and body,” explains Natalie Nevins, DO, a board-certified osteopathic family physician and certified Kundalini Yoga instructor in Hollywood, California.

While there are more than 100 different types, or schools, of yoga, most sessions typically include breathing exercises, meditation, and assuming postures (sometimes called asana or poses) that stretch and flex various muscle groups.

Physical benefits of yoga include:

  • Increased flexibility.                                                                      Bedtime Yoga
  • Increased muscle strength and tone.
  • Improved respiration, energy and vitality.
  • Maintaining a balanced metabolism.
  • Weight reduction.
  • Cardio and circulatory health.
  • Improved athletic performance.
  • Protection from injury.
  • Stabilize your spine
  • Improve your posture
  • Reduce or avoid back pain.

Mental benefits:

Aside from the physical benefits, one of the best benefits of yoga is how it helps a person manage stress, which is known to have devastating effects on the body and mind. “Stress can reveal itself in many ways, including back or neck pain, sleeping problems, headaches, drug abuse, and an inability to concentrate,” says Dr. Nevins. “Yoga can be very effective in developing coping skills and reaching a more positive outlook on life.”

Yoga’s incorporation of meditation and breathing can help improve a person’s mental well-being. “Regular yoga practice creates mental clarity and calmness; increases body awareness; relieves chronic stress patterns; relaxes the mind; centers attention; and sharpens concentration,” says Dr. Nevins. Body- and self-awareness are particularly beneficial, she adds, “because they can help with early detection of physical problems and allow for early preventive action.”

“The relaxation techniques incorporated in yoga can lessen chronic pain, such as lower back pain, arthritis, headaches and carpal tunnel syndrome,” explains Dr. Nevins. “Yoga can also lower blood pressure and reduce insomnia.

There are so many aspects of yoga, I would love to share with you. The nature of this practice incorporates so many aspects of life, it would be impossible to for me to cover them all. The benefits are endless.

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On a personal note:

I suffer from severe back pain, depression, anxiety and until I started taking baby steps in getting involved in Yoga, I was not living. The meditation, to reduce my anxiety and depression, the yoga exercises to improve my flexibility to improve my back pain has compelled me to share the benefits of this wonderful practice. The side effects of the medications I was taking, to say the least were extremely nasty. I do encourage you to give it a chance, even if you do not have any ailments. Yoga is also preventative medicine

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Lunge

Cat cow

Step your right foot forward next to your right hand, coming into a low lunge. You may want to drop your back knee down to the floor at first for a nice stretch in both hips. Keep the back leg straight if you want to begin to work into your hamstrings, which run along the back side of your thighs. Hold for 3 to 5 breaths. Move directly into the straight-leg lunge

Continue warming up the back with 5 to 10 cat-cow stretches. If the movement feels familiar, it’s because the pelvis is moving in essentially the same way as in the pelvic tilt. The cat-to-cow stretch extends that movement along the entire spine, helping to awaken and invigorate your whole body.

Be sure to pay attention to your breath as you move between these poses. Inhale when you arch the back and exhale when you round the spine. Initiate each movement from your tail bone and let it ripple up the spine, moving your head last of all. Continue the movements for 5 rounds.

Unfortunately that is all I can show you for now. If, are just getting into yoga it is a good start.

Stabilization abdominal exercises are something that not many people know about, however they are very important, since they target the core work more muscles, which in result burn more calories.

Side Plank:

Yoga Side Plank

First, lay on your left side. Then direct your elbow below your shoulder. Your forearm should be placed perpendicular to your body.

Place your feet one in front of the other.

Contract your abs and lift your hips off the floor until your body makes a diagonal line from your shoulder to your feet.

Try to hold this position for at least of 30 to 45 seconds.

Now simply repeat by switching the sides.

Reverse Crunch:

Yoga Reverse Crunch

Get into a seated position with your knees bent. Knees should be bent at a 90-degree angle (feet flat)

Reach your both arms forward while palms facing each other.

Exhale one time while pulling your belly button toward your spine.

Get into the position on your tailbone into A, C shape.

When you are done, you can inhale and return to the starting position. Repeat this ab exercise, 15-20 reps.

Plank Crawl Out:

Yoga Plank Crawlout

Start with a ‘standing tall with your feet’ position. Make sure your core is engaged.

Try to touch the floor while your hips are bent. When floors are reached, walk your hands out until you reach a push up position.

Go back to the starting position while inching your hands backwards and piking you hip up to the ceiling.

When your feet are flat on the floor, bend at the hips again and lift yourself back up to the standing position.

Boat Pose:

Yoga Boat Pose

Sit upright, bent your knees and put your feet flat on the floor.

Lift your legs while leaned back.

Form a V shape by extending your arms out straight, palms up.

Hold this position for 30-40 seconds. Then repeat.

Conclusion:

Please before you do any exercises make sure you feel physically comfortable. These are mild exercises incorporating yoga to get you feeling fit. Yoga has been around for centuries. It covers the mind and body and it uses all your muscles. I will be covering other yoga exercises covering muscle groups. Stay tuned and feel good about yourself.

Always consult your Doctor first!

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Your Comments Are Welcome

Michael

4 Replies to “Benefits of Yoga”

  1. I’m not terribly flexible and I’m a little worried about attending my first yoga class. My friends have told me I’ll be fine and to just go, but I still keep worrying about it.

    Do you have any recommendations on a type of beginner yoga I should look for as someone who can’t even touch their toes? Or does this even really matter?

    I’m primarily going to find a place where I can ignore all the other stress in my life. I’m pretty active in the gym, but I’ve read a lot about the mental benefits of yoga and I haven’t really seen those from just going for a jog on a treadmill…

    1. Hi Craig, thank you very much for taking the time to take a look at my site. Taking that first step is the first thing and it will become a part of your life. I do believe I have four different sections(pages) on yoga.

      My biggest recommendation would be to forget the worry and go for it. When I started it was baby steps and it was not the worry, but the feeling awkward doing certain things. There a lot of you tube videos and yoga is getting huge.

      The other thing along with yoga is meditation. I am writing a post on it, perhaps I will be able to complete it through the week. 

      Craig, go for it the rewards will overcome your worries. I wish you all the best.

      Thank you,

      Michael/lesabre 

  2. Hello!

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    1. Hi Joshua, thank you very much for taking the time to take a look at my site. I will check the spacing and adjust accordingly. I appreciate your comments. If there is anything you would like me to share, no problems. My page is still in it’s infancy. I have a ways to go yet, but I am always willing to share whatever I can.

      Thank you

      Michael/lesabre

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