Sunday, January 31, 2016

Yoga for Preventative Health

yoga for inner calm
By Sangeetha Saran

Anyone trying to prevent destructive mental and physical health conditions can use different forms of yoga on a regular basis. Yoga has been a popular discipline for hundreds of years beginning in India as a spiritual practice to achieve inner calm. 

A Popular Discipline 

Individuals using yoga poses and breathing techniques each day have often claimed they have fewer chronic or temporary medical conditions. There are a wide variety of specialty yoga forms including Hatha, Vinyasa or Ashtanga that are suitable for beginners to advanced students. Medical practitioners may advise patients to use yoga exercise as an alternative or holistic way to prevent conditions such as arthritis or high blood pressure. Learning yoga is fairly easy for beginners by using online video streaming, on-site classes at exercise studios, DVDs or books. 

Types of Yoga

An individual who is not accustomed to exercise can begin with the Hatha style that is a gentle way to stretch muscles and gain flexibility. This form of exercise is frequently used by senior citizens in assisted living facilities to prevent stiff hip, leg and shoulder joints. While performing the simple poses of Hatha yoga, individuals also increase their blood circulation helping to maintain cardiovascular health. More advanced students will enjoy Vinyasa style yoga that is slightly more strenuous helping individuals to improve their breath control. Having more control over breathing is essential for improving lung function while also decreasing mental anxiety and stress. Alternatively, Ashtanga yoga is an excellent way to build muscle strength with a physically demanding routine of poses that will increase an individual’s endurance.

Suitable for Everyone 

Yoga is suitable for most individuals in different age groups including children and teenagers. While many forms of exercise are expensive to begin, yoga does not require specialized equipment or clothing. For additional comfort, many individuals like to use a soft rug or mat to stand, sit or lie on instead of a hard floor. Wearing loose clothing and comfortable shoes is also helpful during many of the yoga poses. Some of the physical conditions prevented by yoga exercise include osteoarthritis or degenerative disc disease that leads to debilitating low-back pain. Individuals engaging in yoga exercise can often strengthen muscles surrounding their knee joints enough to avoid needing surgery on the meniscus. Yoga improves brain function because it increases the oxygen levels in the body while reducing high adrenaline levels that can cause depression, anxiety and dementia.

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