Yoga has many benefits, both mental & physical. If you haven't tried a yoga class already, use the button below to find yourself a class, remember your first class is ALWAYS free!
The poses and the deep breathing techniques work to increase blood flow, warm up muscles, and help improve flexibility. Holding a pose can build strength and balance.
Try it with Tree Pose
Shift your weight to one foot, while holding the other foot at your ankle, at your calf, or above the knee (but never ON the knee) at a right angle. Balance here and try to focus on one unmovable spot in front of you for one minute.
Yoga is as good as basic stretching for easing pain and improving mobility in people with lower back pain. In fact, many yoga poses are offered as first-line treatment for chronic low back pain.
Try it with Cat-Cow Pose
Get on hands and knees, placing your wrists underneath your shoulders and your knees underneath your hips. Inhale, as you let your stomach drop down toward the floor. Then, exhale, as you draw your navel toward your spine, rounding your spine like a cat stretching.
Gentle yoga, like Yin Yoga has been shown to ease some of the discomfort of tender, inflamed joints for people with arthritis and people with wide spread body pain related to Fibromyalgia.
Try it with Butterfly Pose
Begin in a seated position. Gently bend your knees and press the soles of your feet together. Interlace your fingers around the pinkie-toe side of your feet or place your hands on your ankles or shins. Lengthen your spine and broaden across your chest. Draw your shoulders down and back. Stay in this position for up to 5 minutes.
A regular yoga practice may help to reduce levels of stress and body-wide inflammation, contributing to a healthier heart. Some types of yoga are known for constant movement which is also excellent for heart health and can sometimes be a good source of cardio.
Try it with Downward Dog Pose
Get on hands and knees, tuck your toes under, exhale as you suck your belly back to your spine and lift your hip bones up into the sky, so that you make an upside down V shape. Keep a slight bend in your knees, while pushing the weight from your hands, back through the arms, up the back and out the tail bone, lengthening your spine and your tailbone.
A consistent bedtime yoga routine can help you get in the right mindset and prepare your body to fall asleep and to stay asleep.
Try it with Legs-Up-the-Wall Pose
Sit with your left side against a wall, then gently turn your body so that you are laying on the floor and lift your legs up to rest against the wall, keeping your back on the floor and your sit bones close to the wall. You can stay in this position for 5 up to 15 minutes.
According to research, scientific evidence shows that yoga supports stress management, mental health, mindfulness, reduced bouts of anger, and quality sleep.
Try it with Corpse Pose (Savasana)
Lie down with your limbs gently stretched out, away from the body, palms facing up. Try to clear your mind while allowing your breath to return to a normal rhythm, like watching your thoughts float past you in a stream.
Our modern society is reliant on technology, so much that we seem to be spending more and more time sitting on or hunched over devices creating a posture problem.
Yoga’s focus on mobility and flexibility can contribute to better alignment by releasing muscles that are often tight, such as the hamstrings and shoulders, and improving mobility of the spine. Doing yoga poses during breaks in your workouts can also promote better posture.
Try it by sitting up in an upright and energized position, straightening the back, and mindfully letting the shoulders slip away from your ears and come down. Close your eyes and take about 6 to 8 deep breaths here.
Yoga is one of the highest forms of self- care. One of your only tasks during a yoga class is to just listen to your body, to spend time with yourself, to know yourself better, to know your body and how it responds to life.
Participating in yoga classes can ease loneliness and provide a positive environment. Even during one-on-one sessions loneliness is reduced as you are acknowledged as a unique individual, you are listened to and you participate in the creation of your personalized yoga plan.
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