Yoga for your health
"The bottom line is that yoga is an exercise that is food for the heart."
Dr. Noel Bairey Merz; Medical Director Cardiac Center at Cedars Sanai Medical Center, Los Angeles
"Fifteen million Americans include some form of yoga in their fitness regimen-twice as many as did five years ago." Time Magazine
Yoga is a natural way to slow down and live with greater awareness. It is an ancient proven tradition that exists since thousands of years. Actually, Yoga at the workplace has become extremely popular in many companies, nationwide.
Yoga has proven to help with:
- stress reduction
- low cost of implementation
- helps to quiet down mind and body
- low impact
- strength and flexibility
- building concentration
- eradicates fatigue
- generates energy
- increase productivity and morale
- adaptability with different skill levels and abilities
The popularity of yoga has soared in recent years. Attitudes to health, spirituality, lifestyle and mankind's place in the environment have changed dramatically and people are seeking solutions to the problems of their everyday existence. The yoga system is based on universal truths so it does not interfere with anyone's religious beliefs. Yoga is for men and women of all ages and occupations and you can begin to learn at any time.
Yoga is first of all non-competitive. The purpose of yoga is to understand yourself through your yoga practice and to work slowly and deliberately to gain flexibility as you progress. It is the antithesis of the "no pain no gain" philosophy. Graceful, fluid movements create a balance and strength of body, mind and spirit. The purpose is not to build muscle but to build muscle tone.
In yoga aasanaas (postures) the muscles are stretched lengthwise. The postures also build the immune system. They also exercise the internal organs so that the body will work like a finely tuned car in peak condition. Yoga also helps to ease physical tensions through deep stretching and corrects breathing techniques. Working on the physical body with deep concentration on breathing creates a real and lasting sense of harmony, embracing the body and mind. Yoga is a wonderful way of learning how to relax. The physical techniques create a calm and concentration that extend beyond the body, deep into the mind, effectively reducing stress at all levels.
The Yoga Workout:
Yoga is an ancient practice that not only stretches your muscles but also allows your mind to relax and focus simultaneously. The beauty of this workout is that any skill level can participate; you need to move only as far into each pose as you possibly can. In fact, the only thing you have to remember is to take deep belly breaths. That is important because most of us never take a single deep breath all day long. In this way we get more oxygen into our body. Yoga also helps in developing strength and balance through the variety of the many yoga postures.
Some of the benefits of yoga are:
- "Yoga builds strength, balance and elasticity—so that muscles can better absorb shock in a shorter range of motion.
- Yoga trains you to loosen the muscles and joints that are ignored in your day-to-day life. Routines get the blood flowing as you warm up and free your body from daily stresses. Yoga also helps builds bone and muscle strength so you are more resilient. And it improves your balance so you don't fall.
- Yoga stimulates the flow in your lymphatic system by exercising your muscles and through the vacuum action of deep breathing.
- Yoga helps build up the collateral muscles that can protect you from injury.
- Yoga also helps you to focus your mind on remote parts of your body, such as tight joints and muscles, as you gently but firmly deepen into your poses."
- Excerpt taken from YOU Being Beautiful, by Dr. M. Oz and Dr. M. Roizen, p. 201, 361-362
In a nutshell the traditional yoga postures (Hatha Yoga) engender respect for your body and its vulnerability, while developing physical strength and having the opportunity to challenge yourself. Yoga works! Once a week will help you develop more balance, confidence and strength
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