The Benefits of Yoga Have Been Embraced by the Medical Community
Once relegated as an obscure practice, yoga is experiencing mainstream acceptance. The top medical facilities in the United States has included yoga in their treatment plans for many disorders.
Some of the health benefits of yoga includes but is not limited to:
Stress reduction. Yoga redirects your focus away from many of the stressful aspects in your life to a calming state as you focus on breathing and proper coordination.
Increased fitness. With continued practice, yoga helps increase flexibility, balance and strength. This help guard against injuries when participating in other sports. Many professional athletes practice yoga.
Management of chronic health conditions. Yoga has been shown to help with other medical disorders. Yoga can help with blood pressure, back pain and heart rate.
Weight loss. yoga makes you more conscious of your body and may influence choices you make that will contribute to a healthy lifestyle.
In the ancient Sanskrit language yoga means, “union” or “yoking”. The goal of yoga is to achieve a physical and mental state of well-being by combining exercising, proper breathing , special poses and meditation.
Hatha yoga is the most commonly practiced form of yoga in the United States. It consists of nearly 200 poses and breathing excercises.
You don’t need a lot of fancy equipment to practice yoga. The essentials are:
Yoga Mat (there are also many organic, eco friendly mats available)
There are many Yoga DVDs available making it possible to workout in the comfort of your home.
As with any physical activity program, check with your doctor before you begin. This is especially true if you have issues with balance or have high blood pressure or glaucoma.
The purpose of yoga is not only to get our body in shape but also to apply the techniques learned(especially breathing) to our everyday lives.
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