Friday, December 4, 2009

Count on Yoga - Fifth in a Series of Articles

Starting in January 2010, a second evening of yoga will be added to the schedule.  Monday at 6:30 p.m. and Thursday at 6:30 p.m.  Be sure to learn how to use your DVDR or your VHS to tape your favorite shows, then come enjoy a great Gentle Beginning Yoga class (and skip through those commericals)!   And now let us.......


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.  Fifth in a series of articles.

  1. Joint Account.
    Each time you practice yoga, you take your joints through their full range of motion.  This can help prevent degenerative arthritis or mitigate disability by "squeezing and soaking" areas of cartilage that normally aren't used.  Joint cartilage is like sponge; it receives fresh nutrients only when its flid is squeezed out and a new supply can be soaked up.  Without proper sustenance, neglected cartilage can eventually wear out like worn-out brake pads, exposing the underlying bone.

  2. Flow Chart.
    Yoga gets your blood flowing.  More specifically, the relaxation exercises you learn in yoga can help your circulation, especially in your hands and feet.  Yoga also gets more oxygen to your cells, which function better as a result.  Twisting poses are thought to wring out venous blood from internal organs and allow oxygenated blood to flow in once the twist is released.  Inverted poses, such as Down Ward Facing Dog, Standing Straddle Splits, Headstand, Handstand and Shoulderstand, encourages venous blood from the legs and pelvis to flow back to the heart, where it can be pumped to the lungs to be freshly oxygenated.  Yoga also boosts levels of hemoglobin and red blood cells, which carry oxygen to the tissues.  And it thins the blood by making platelets less sticky and by cutting the level of clot-promoting proteins in the blood.  This can lead to a decrease in heart attacks and strokes since blood clots are often the cause of these killers.

  3.  Heart Start.
    When you regularly get your heart rate into the aerobic range, you can lower your risk of heart attack and relieve depression.  While not all yoga is aerobic, if you do it vigorously or take flow or Ashtanga classes, it can boost your heart rate into the aerobic range.  But even yoga exercises that don't get your heart rate up that high can improve cardiovascular conditioning.  Studies have found that yoga practice lowers the resting heart rate, increases endurance, and can improve your maximum uptake of oxygen during exercise - all reflections of improving aerobic conditioning.

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!  6:30 p.m. at Wesley United Methodist Church, 3515 Helena Avenue, Nederland Texas!
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