Yoga for Health

Practicing yoga is a great way to relieve stress, calm your mind, and center your balance. At one time, long ago, yoga was virtually unknown. It was practiced in the sacred Hindu temples in India, but today yoga classes are available just about everywhere you go, from your local YMCA to private instructors. Yoga is highly beneficial to everyone, male or female, of all ages, and, if you practice it regularly, you will achieve a truly balanced workout mentally, emotionally, and physically.

Practicing yoga often is a great way to relax, but in addition to relaxation, it is also a great stress reducer. As you may already know, stress is not only annoying and bothersome; it is also a significant factor in the development of other health issues such as cardiovascular disease, gastrointestinal ailments, and anxiety disorders. Yoga will lower the cortisol levels in your blood because elevated levels of this hormone will raise your blood pressure, heart rate, and cause you to add fat to the abdominal area which places you at a higher risk for heart disease and diabetes. In addition to those health benefits yoga will improve your flexibility and balance.

In addition to relieving stress, regular practice of yoga can help you escape the busy and chaotic thought processes that command most of your attention when you are awake every day. Learning to quiet your mind at first will take considerable effort. Again, practicing yoga on a regular basis will help you achieve a most beneficial state of a quiet mind and give you balance. At first it is suggested that you try concentrating on your deep breathing, if a thought intrudes, acknowledge it, and then concentrate on your breathing again. Soon you will find that it becomes easier to achieve the state of a quiet mind.

There are various styles of yoga available. Some focus on breathing and meditation, some use devices such as benches, cushions, and belts to help with posture. In all forms of yoga proper breathing is essential. Earlier I talked about deep breathing exercises and during a yoga workout would be a great time to do that. I’ll repeat it again here so you won’t have to search for it in one of my other articles. Most people, when breathing, do not utilize the full capacity of their lungs. Most people take short shallow breaths only using the top third of their lungs. Consequently, the lower two thirds of their lungs contain stale air that never gets circulated. Proper breathing requires you to take long slow breathes in through your nose, filling your lungs to capacity. Take in as much air as you can and then exhale long and slow through your nose emptying your lungs as much as possible, until you feel like there is no air left in your lungs. Once you have chosen a particular style of yoga to practice your teacher may give you specific instructions on proper breathing techniques as well.

Each yoga class is as unique as the instructor who teaches it. When choosing a style or class, the first thing you need to do is consider any current medical conditions that you have, for example osteoporosis, arthritis, or high blood pressure. Of course you should always consult your health care provider before starting any program. Inform the instructor about those conditions as well. A good yoga teacher will take everything into account when it comes to performing the movements and breathing exercises. The second thing is to choose the right style of yoga. Some styles are more rigorous and physically demanding than others and require you to be in good physical condition.

In whatever style you choose, it is believed that the yoga exercises, breathing techniques, postures, and your state of mind will give you the opportunity to go into a quiet place in your mind and experience peace and tranquility. That is especially good for everything about you, physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually.

Now you are probably thinking to yourself that this is something you could benefit from, but where do you start. The first thing is deciding on what style of Yoga you want to learn and practice. The most popular style is called Hatha Yoga and this will place your body in a series of postures that help you achieve balance through physical placement, breathing, and awareness of effort. You will begin to experience an increased sense of health and well being which comes from creating harmony in the body, mind, and spirit. Hatha Yoga can be practice by young and old alike, however, that does not mean this is a one style fits all program. There is a wide variety of styles available and some are gentle and meditative while others are more challenging. A well experienced yoga master should be able to guide and instruct you in a style that is most beneficial to you personally.

I recently found some information that I thought I would pass on to you. Hopefully this will give you a good idea of what yoga can do for you.  Carol Krucoff is a registered yoga teacher and co-author of Healing Moves. She has a great ten minute routine that she says will wake up your body physically and mentally. It gets the blood and energy flowing and sets the tone for the whole day. She says these moves are for everyone and they are as gentle as they get. Do these moves one after the other, in a series, upon waking in the morning, and this should get you off to a good start. The 6 easy moves are:

1. Inhalations: While you are still in bed, remove your pillow and lie flat on the mattress, knees bent and feet flat. Place your hands on your belly just below the navel (belly button.) Close your eyes and breathe deeply, inhale through your nose (if possible) and completely fill your lungs and exhale through your nose. Do this for three to five slow deep breath cycles. (Sound familiar?)

2. Gentle Head Roll:  While in the same position as above, slowly turn your head to the right as far as comfortably possible. Pause, return it to center, and then turn it to the left. Repeat three to five times, breathing deeply throughout.

3. Knee to Chest Ankle Roll: In the same position as for inhalations, exhale and hug your right knee into your chest. Hold it for three to five slow breaths, while slowly rolling your foot in circles both to the left and right. Then return to start, and repeat to the left side.

4. Easy Spinal Twist: In the same starting position as above, inhale and stretch your arms out to the side, so your body forms a T. Inhale and drop your knees to the left, while turning your head to gaze to the right. Hold for three to five breaths. Then repeat the move in the opposite direction, and finish by stretching your arms and legs straight out.

5. Sitting Reach: Roll onto your side and use your arms to come to a sitting position. Place your feet flat on the floor (or on a stool if the bed is too high.) Sit up tall, allowing your sit bones to drop into the mattress and stretching the crown of your head toward the sky. Inhale, then exhale and drop your right ear toward your right shoulder. Inhale back to center. Then exhale and drop your head to the left side. Inhale back to center, clasp your hands in front of you, turning the palms out. Exhale, and drop your nose towards your navel, bending back slightly. Inhale and bring your arms overhead, palms toward the ceiling. Exhale, and look up toward the ceiling, arching your back slightly. Relax back to the starting position.

6. Standing Sweep: Stand up and place feet directly under hips, arms at your sides. Inhale and bring arms out to your side and up over your head. Then exhale and bring your arms back down. Repeat three to five times and now you should be good to go.

For more information visit Carol’s site at http://www.healingmoves.com

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