THE MANY HEALTH BENEFITS OF YOGA…

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.

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PRACTICE MINDFUL BREATHING TO HELP EASE PAIN…

If you practice mindful breathing even just for a few minutes, this can help ease some of your pain.

The book, Every Breath You Take: How To Breath Your Way To A Mindful Life by Rose Elliot’s has all the techniques to help you practice the way to breath better.

Rose will help you observe and open your awareness to your breathing with 16 accessible mindful breathing exercises like how to sit quietly with your spine straight and your eyes closed. How to sit quietly, concentrating on one mindful breath after another. Feel peace and strength that this brings abc realise that, in this moment, all is well.

The Buddhist Centre explains that the simple discipline of concentration brings us back to the present moment and all the richness of experience that it contains. It is a way to develop mindfulness, the faculty of alert and sensitive awareness.

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.

 

 

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.