WHY WE SHOULD ALL TRY YOGA FOR CHRONIC PAIN…

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 depressionanxiety, 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.

 

Try yoga techniques for chronic pain management. In this infographic, we share 8 poses can help ease your pain and stress. Learn more on My Southern Health.

 

 

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3 GREAT FREE BOOKS, THE YOGA BIBLE, 10 MINUTE YOGA, and 40 EXERCISES FOR BEGINNERS ON AMAZON KINDLE…

Amazon has a great offer on at the moment for 3 FREE books on Yoga from their Kindle store.

The Yoga Bible for Beginners has 30 essential illustrated poses for better health, stress relief and weight loss by Charice Kiernan. Apparently, the number of Americans that practice yoga regularly has grown from 20.4 million in 2012 to a staggering 36 million in 2016! These many people can’t be wrong.

We live in a fast-paced world in which our senses are constantly stimulated. Yet, this progress comes at a cost. We are constantly tempted to keep up with Joneses, and many people have lost the connection between their mind and body.

Yoga can help restore this balance. For example, one study showed that yoga – even when practised for the very first time! – can normalize levels of the stress hormone cortisol.

In this book, you will be taken by the hand so you can develop your own yoga practice and take back control of your health and happiness.

In ‘The Yoga Bible For Beginners‘ You Will Learn:

  • What Yoga is
  • The Health Benefits of Yoga 
  • How to Perform a Yoga Pose Correctly
  • 30 Yoga Poses (Beginner, Advanced, and Expert)
  • The Foundation of a Yoga Practice: Breath Awareness and Relaxation
  • How to Make Yoga a Habit
  • The Eight Limbs of Yoga
  • How to Meditate
  • And Much More!

Ten Minute Yoga for stress release, focus and renewal is by Lisa Shea and is the short version of her full hour-long routine. It can be used when you travel when you’re busy, and pretty much any other time that you need to keep your time quick. Both this and her full-length yoga book are FREE on all systems.

Study after study finds that yoga helps with lower back pain, depression, energy levels, balance, post-traumatic stress, focus, sleep, and much more. Whether you need to reset after a busy day or wish to have more joy in your daily life, yoga can help. It nurtures your body and embraces your soul.

Ten Minute Yoga for Stress Relief, Focus, and Renewal is intended to be free on all systems, to help those who are in need of support find a step toward a more contented life. If the system you are currently on requires a charge to download, all author’s proceeds will benefit battered women’s shelters. It is the short version of her longer yoga book, which is also free. Together they ensure you are able to do yoga every day no matter what life throws at you. This book helps you understand the personal sequence of poses, to create an atmosphere of stress relief and forgiveness.

Finally, the third FREE book is Yoga: 40 Exerecises for Beginners by Sophie Godard. Flexibility, balance, relaxation … The benefits of yoga are numerous! These exercises for beginners enable you to practice this multifaceted discipline at home. They will help to relieve stress, strengthen your muscles and your mind so that you can focus on yourself and free yourself from tension.

THE OM YOGA SHOW 19th-21st OCTOBER, LONDON…

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.

 

5 OF THE BEST YOGA APPS…

YOGA WAKE UP...

Wake up to the sounds of yoga and meditation. The Yoga Wake Up app for iPhone delivers yoga audio sequences you can do from bed for an easier transition from dreamland. Find a variety of yoga routines from the world’s top yoga instructors and wellness warriors. Choose from Wakeups that feature slow, delicious morning stretches from the warmth of your covers or Wakeups that get you energized and out of bed. There are even mindful breathing meditations and Wakeups to do with kids.

Studies have consistently shown that traditional alarm clocks and snooze buttons not only disturb your sleeping patterns but can leave you feeling groggy for the rest of the day. Discover a new wakeup routine designed by renowned yogis and never have to hit that snooze button again. Wake up more peacefully with Yoga Wake Up.

YOGA STUDIO…

For a comprehensive collection of yoga classes, opt for Yoga Studio. They offer 15-, 20-, and 30-minute pre-made classes, plus allow you to make up your own class using their library of 280 yoga poses (they’ll suggest the sequence so it actually flows together). The other nice thing about this app is that you can download the workouts to use offline, or stream the classes on your Apple TV or laptop.

 

 

Yoga Studio includes 75+ ready-made classes; including Yoga for Back Pain, Yoga for Runners, our new Hip Hop Collection and many more! Choose your level (beginner, intermediate or advanced), duration (15, 30 or 60 minutes) and focus (strength, flexibility, relaxation, balance or combination) to find the perfect class for you. They think learning how to move from one pose to the next is important – just as important as learning the poses themselves. That’s why all their classes come with full HD video and teacher commentary that’s clear and easy to follow.

Vinyasa yoga might sound like a snooze, but this app makes it more interesting with three different class structures and accompanying playlists. Each time you use the app, Down Dog will mix up the workout so you never have to repeat a flow. (BTW, the free version is great, and you’re not missing much if you opt out of the pro membership.) Down Dog

The Down Dog App provides a studio-like yoga experience in the comfort of your home.

Each time you practice, Down Dog creates a brand new vinyasa yoga sequence so that you never run out of content. Clear vocal instruction and a matching playlist round out the experience for a true studio-quality class.

DAILY YOGA…

There are yoga workouts for all levels on this app, but if you’re just starting off you’ll find the set plans very helpful. The programs range from one week to 30 days long, and focus on a theme, like fitness or mindfulness. They even have specialised courses to help you learn to safely do a split or shoulder stand.

Daily Yoga inspires yogis worldwide with the largest yoga pose base. Enables you to practice yoga on all mobile devices and multiplatforms.

ASANA REBEL…

The yoga routines offered on this app combine interval training and traditional yoga to help you build strength, so be prepared to break a sweat and do lots of planks. There are distinct categories for the yoga flows (like strength, flexibility, and relaxation), so you can dial it up or down depending on your mood.

  • Hundreds of modern yoga workouts from fatburn to strength
  • Mini-sessions for busy schedules
  • High-quality programs designed by our experts