Count on Yoga. Looking for a reason to start practicing (or restart your practice)? Here are a few ways yoga can improve your health and well-being.
Count on Yoga. More benefits of a regular yoga practice. Fourth in the series of articles.
- Breathing Room.
Yogis tend to take fewer breaths of greater volume, which is both calming and more efficient. A 1998 study published in The Lancet taught a yogic technique known as "complete breathing" to people with lung problems due to congestive heart failure. After one month, their average respiratory rate decreased from 13.4 breaths per minute to 7.6. Meanwhile, their exercise capacity increased significantly, as did the oxygen saturation of their blood. In addition, yoga has been shown to improve various measures of lung function, including the maximum volume of the breath and the efficiency of teh exhalation.
- Pain Drain.
Yoga can ease your pain. According to several studies, yoga postures (asana), meditiation, or a combination of the two, reduced pain in people with arthritis, back pain, fibromyalgia, carpal tunner syndrome, and other chronic conditions. When you relieve your pain, your mood improves, you're more inclined to be active, and you don't need as much medication.
- Connective Tissue.
As you read all the ways yoga improves your health, you probably notice a lot of overlap. That's because they are intensely interwoven. Change your posture and you change the way you breathe. Change your breathing and you change you nervous system. This is one of the great lessons of yoga: Everything is connected - your hipbone to your anklebone, you to your community, your community to the world. Such interconnection is vital to yoga. This holistic system simultaneously taps into many mechanisms that have self-perpetuating and even multiplicative effects. Synergy may be the most important way of all that yoga heals.
These 3 little reasons as to why yoga is good for you, can be found in a new magazine (I found at Walmart, way in the back, in the book section, near the entertainment section) Yoga for beginners. It is written by the editors of Yoga Journal. I'll be excerpting from the magazine for the next few weeks.
See you on Monday, whether you been here on a regular basis, or getting back into a yoga routine! And remember mark your calendar for 6:30 p.m., and start collecting Quick Oats or Old Fashioned Oats for Oatmeal 5th Monday Yoga Night, November 30th!