Monday, November 9, 2009

Count On Yoga - Second in the series of articles.

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.
  1. Sugar Show. 
    Yoga lowers blood sugar and LDL ("bad") cholesterol and boosts HDL ("good") cholesterol.  In people wit diabetes, yoga has been found to lower blood sugar in several ways:  by lowering cortisol and adrenaline levels, encouraging weight loss, and improving sensitivity to the effects of insulin.  Get your blood sugar levels down, and you decrease your risk of diabetic complications such as heart attack, kidney failure and blindness.

  2. Space Place. 
    Regularly practicing yoga increases proprioception (the ability to feel what your body is doing and where it is in space) and improves balance.  People with bad posture or dysfunctional movement patterns usually have poor proprioception, which has been linked to knee problems and back pain. Better balance could mean fewer falls.  For the elderly, this translates into more independence and delayed admission to a nursing home or never entering one at all.

  3. Loose Limbs. 
    Do you ever notice yourself holding the telephone or a steering wheel with a death grip or scrunching your face when staring at a computer screen?  These unconscious habits can lead to chronic tension, muscle fatigue, and soreness in the wrists, arms, shoulders, neck, and face, which can increase stress and worsen your mood.  As you practice yoga, you begin to notice where you hold tension:  It might be in your tongue, your eyes, or the muscles of your face and neck.  If you simple tune in and pay more attention to these areas, you may be able to relieve some tension.
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.

To see all 38 ways yoga can improve your health and well-being click on over to the Yoga Journal Website.http://www.yogajournal.com/health/1634
 
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!
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