Staying Healthy

Yoga and Relaxation

Yoga is the natural stress reducer
Is yoga right for you? It is if you want to fight stress, get fit and stay healthy.
Yoga is one of the best ways to reduce stress while at the same time helping you to stay fit and lose weight. In today’s world we are all surrounded by constant stressers and we need to seek natural and safe alternatives to relax and center ourselves through natural relaxation techniques. This is where yoga comes in.
Yoga is a practice that involves the mind and the body. It is a Hindu practice that is hundreds of years old. The word “yoga” comes from the Yoga is a mind-body-spiritual practice that combines physical poses, controlled breathing, and meditation or relaxation. It’s name is commonly translated into “union” since the practice of yoga unites mind, body, and spirit. The physical, spiritual, and mental benefits of yoga have been touted by people all over the world, and even Western medical doctors are now recommending the practice to their patients as a way to find a way to reduce stress and maintain balance within themselves.

Understanding Yoga

Yoga — a mind-body practice — is considered one of many types of complementary and integrative health approaches. Yoga brings together physical and mental disciplines that may help you achieve peacefulness of body and mind. This can help you relax and manage stress and anxiety.
There are many types of yoga, but for managing stress, hatha yoga may be the choice. It is one of the most commonly practiced forms of yoga and it is easier for beginners to take up.
• Poses. These poses, also called postures, are made to increase your flexibility and strength. While some postures may be easy for beginners, some yoga poses are extremely challenging.
• Breathing. Since breathing is an important way to control your stress, breathing is integral to the practice of yoga. Learning to control your breathing can help youcontrol your stress levels, reduce anxiety, and quieting down your mind.
• Meditation or relaxation. Yoga helps you to meditate and reach a deeper level of awareness and transcendence. Being mindful and present causes to achieve a higher state of relaxation and spirituality.

Yoga’s Health Benefits

In addition to the mind and spiritual benefits that yoga provides, it also has a multitude of health benefits.

Stress reduction. Yoga has been found to reduce stress, anxiety and even panic attacks. By meditating, practicing controlled breathing, and clearing your mind, yoga can enhance your physical state of being as well as your mood.
Improved fitness. Since yoga poses range from the basic to the very challenging, doing yoga regularly will improve your fitness and agility. Your balance, strength, flexibility, and range of motion will be improved.
Management of chronic conditions. Many doctors and yoga practitioners believe that yoga has preventative aspect to reducing the risk for illness and chronic diseases.  Some say practicing yoga can reduce the risk of high blood pressure and heart disease along with pain, anxiety, depression, and insomnia.

So find a local yoga class near you and take up this ancient practice.  You’ll feel more centered, well-balanced, and relaxed.