There is just something about yoga! Yoga is great for so many things, you have got to join in on the benefits and give it a try. The purpose of yoga is to create strength, awareness and harmony in both the mind and body (osteopathic).
Some of the benefits of yoga (osteopathic):
- Yoga increase flexibility but also support your physical fitness, strength, and muscle tone.
- Yoga can be relaxing but also be reparative and energizing.
- Yoga can help improve your balance and increase body awareness.
- Yoga can improve your mental health by creating clarity and calmness.
Which yoga style is right for you (Pesdroia):
Ashtanga A physically demanding series of postures that can be for beginners or advanced and lead into each other. Helps build core strength, tones the body and is reparative.
Bikram Also known as “Hot Yoga”, this is practiced in a 95 to 108 degrees room. This yoga is not the best for beginners. Bikram promotes detoxification of the body and supports lower body strength.
Hatha Yoga Specific movements and series of traditional postures, breath work, and mindfulness work, Hatha keeps your mind and body feeling alive, fit, and working together in harmony. This is a good entry-level yoga style.
Lyengar Lyengar focuses on attention to detail and accuracy. It teaches you proper form and alignment in poses. In a specific order that is the same every time, the sequences build on each other. Lyengar is and not a drop in type class, but is best done in a series.
Kundalini Kundalini is a physical and spiritual practice. Chanting and meditation is mixed with poses and breathing. The goal is to awaken the spiritual self and practice soul searching.
Power Yoga Power yoga, also called “gym yoga”, is physically demanding. The main goal is to get a good workout and sweat.
Prenatal yoga This type of yoga is geared for moms-to-be and can help ease pregnancy woes and prepare mom’s body for easier labor and recovery.
Restorative Restorative yoga helps to de-stress, focus on relaxation and breathing. This is great for beginners who want to take it slow and easy at first
Vinyasa You will probably sweat and build muscle during Vinyasa, but will also support a calm mind. Vinyasa is probably not for beginners and isn’t easy.
Yin Yin is a slow restorative practice. It is meant for lengthening the connective tissues in the body and uses longer holds, supported postures while sitting or lying down, and is good for beginners.
Long term yoga practice is directly related to greater brain volume in regions associated with executive functioning, emotional processing, and stress regulation – yoga may enhance cognitive functioning, psychological residence, and protect against age-related decline (Bullock).
Yoga is about doing something good for your body and soul. Make sure you breathe, it can take years to master all the fancy poses. Namaste!
Benefits of Yoga. (n.d.). Retrieved June 4, 2018, from http://www.osteopathic.org/osteopathic-health/about-your-health/health-conditions-library/general-health/Pages/yoga.aspx
Bullock, G. (2016, December 13). Scientific Research: Yoga, Aging, and the Brain. Retrieved June 4, 2018, from https://yogainternational.com/article/view/scientific-research-yoga-aging-and-the-brain
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