Yoga is an ancient practice that unites body, mind, and spirit. Mainstream America is finally catching on to what Eastern countries have known for thousands of years–that yoga is not only a great, low-impact way to increase flexibility and reduce stress, it is also useful in healing any number of afflictions, from common aches and pains to chronic diseases and emotional setbacks.
Yoga therapy is the process of empowering individuals to progress toward improved health and well-being through the application of the philosophy and practice of Yoga.
Practicing relaxation techniques such as yoga can help you achieve the relaxation response, a state of deep calmness that counteracts the negative effects of stress. When practiced regularly, these activities can lead to a reduction in everyday stress levels, anxiety, and muscle tension as well as an improvement in mood, energy, and focus.
Yoga’s emphasis on breathing and the mind/body/spirit connection also yields strong emotional benefits. People who practice yoga frequently report that they sleep better and feel less stressed.
The effects of yoga on the body
Many of the popular techniques found to reduce stress are derived from yoga. Controlled breathing, meditation, physical movement, mental imagery and stretching are all techniques that bring together the mind, body and spirit. But whether you use yoga for spiritual transformation or for stress management and physical well-being, the benefits are numerous.
Following is a partial list of yoga’s benefits:
- Reduced stress
- Sound sleep
- Reduced cortisol levels
- Improvement of many medical conditions
- Allergy and asthma symptom relief
- Lower blood pressure & heart rate
- Smoking cessation help
- Spiritual growth
- Sense of well-being
- Reduced anxiety and muscle tension
- Increased strength and flexibility
- Slowed aging process
Learning the basics of yoga is straightforward, but maximizing the stress-relieving benefits requires regular practice. As a beginner, you may benefit by learning from a qualified instructor in our Yoga and Wellness program to ensure you’re performing the poses and movements correctly. You can then continue to practice alone or with others.
Our program presents yoga as a customized healing practice based on specific evaluation and assessment. Postures are modified as necessary and tailored to individual needs and physical capabilities.
For more information or to speak to a qualified yoga and wellness specialist, contact Khoo & Associates Cardiology and Wellness today.
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