Although I’ve never personally tried yoga I do envy devotees of the exercise. I think it’s something I really should at least try as I keep reading the many health benefits to Yoga.
They say that an hour on the mat may lead to a better night’s sleep, which we could all do with. It doesn’t just tone your body it cares for our bodies as well as our emotional well-being.
Studies show yoga can also help to lower blood pressure, ease migraines and back pain and even reduce some of the symptoms of the menopause.
Yoga will improve your flexibility and balance and with a number of poses focusing on breathing it will also help to lower your stress levels.
There are a number of different styles of yoga, Hatha can be gentle or dynamic but because of its slower pace, it’s the first choice for new starters of yoga.
Others include Vinyasa flow, which is great for anyone who loves to dance. It’s a flowing yoga which is suitable to all levels even if you have not done yoga before.
Lyengar yoga is a slow paced style of yoga with some tricky poses but age and flexibility are not an issue.
The other well known Bikram yoga is suitable for the physically fit with a demanding 26 pose sequence which takes place in a very hot room.
Ash tanga is a series of short-held poses and breathing techniques that will need a good level of fitness.
Kundalini, they say is for the soul-seeker as it features chanting, breathing, and rapid movements.
Finally, Restorative yoga is for anyone who is stressed out as this type of yoga is all about relaxation and rejuvenation. Most of the poses involve lying down and staying still for a while so it won’t take long before you feel completely relaxed and stressed out.
This great graphic which I found on Pinterest from My Southern Health shows how we can easily try some Yoga positions for chronic pain. Psychology Today write that chronic pain triggers changes in brain structure that are linked to depression, anxiety, and impaired cognitive function. New research shows that practising Yoga has the opposite effect on the brain and can relieve chronic pain.
Harvard Health points out that Yoga can help people with arthritis, fibromyalgia, migraine, low back pain, and many other types of chronic pain conditions. A study published in Annals of Internal Medicine found that among 313 people with chronic low back pain, a weekly yoga class increased mobility more than standard medical care for the condition. Another study published at nearly the same time found that Yoga was comparable to standard exercise therapy in relieving chronic low back pain.
A meta-analysis of 17 studies that included more than 1,600 participants concluded that yoga can improve daily function among people with fibromyalgia osteoporosis-related curvature of the spine. Practising Yoga also improved mood and psychosocial well-being.
The OM Yoga Show is taking place this year on the 19-21st October at Alexander Palace, London.
Take the opportunity to take part in free open classes, taught by leading teachers from around the world. Wherever you are on your #yoga journey, there’s a class or workshop to suit you.
Away from the mat, 200 exhibitors will be on hand providing the best #yoga and complementary therapies, along with a fantastic range of #yoga accessories, clothing, jewellery, superfoods and retreats, and so much more.
All visitors to the OM Yoga Show are able to visit the Mind Body Soul Experience, taking place in a neighbouring hall, for free. Discover the best in natural health and spiritual guidance!
Prepare for Autumn at the OM Yoga Show. Autumn is the perfect season to practice letting go; much as the leaves begin to drop off from the trees, we can use nature to help us focus on letting go of things that are holding us back, allowing us to move forward in life.
At the OM Yoga Show, Daizan Skinner will lead a Zen Yoga for the autumn season. Zen Yoga draws on the Buddha teaching of mindfulness of the body, and through simple movements can teach you to feel the energy flowing in your system.
Awake people are like water, where ordinary people are like ice. Zen Yoga is the practice of melting the stuck places in our body-mind, so we can fully let go into the autumn season.