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  • Yoga

    1 posts, 1 voices, 546 views, started Nov 10, 2008

    Posted on Monday, November 10, 2008 by Ms-kay

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    • Carnelian
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      Yes yoga is really a form of exercise.

      Yoga is an excellent form of exercise for the mind and spirit. The deep breathing and meditation of hatha yoga  help you relax.

      People who practice hatha yoga learn up to 30 poses or more, in varying degrees of complexity. Practitioners also learn to control their breathing. The concentration required during a yoga session helps take your mind away from daily stresses.

      As a result, practicing yoga may help you sleep better. You may also develop more effective coping skills and a more optimistic outlook.

      Yoga is also good exercise for the body. Many of the poses associated with yoga require great physical flexibility. Even basic poses require you to stretch muscles, which increases your overall range of motion. This increased flexibility makes you less vulnerable to injury. It’s also great for improving core strength.

      Learning new poses also helps you improve your kinesthetic awareness, which is your ability to know where your body is in space without looking at it. Balance improves as you learn and master more complex poses.

      Finally, yoga’s ability to promote relaxation can help lower your blood pressure. High blood pressure damages the heart, brain, kidneys and other parts of the body.

      Taking Precautions  

      While yoga offers many benefits to body and mind, it also poses potential dangers for some populations.

      People with a history of back or joint problems are urged to consult a physician before undertaking yoga.  

      While yoga can be learned from books or videos, you‘re more likely to properly master the technique by taking a yoga class. Churches, community organizations (such as the YWCA) and even health maintenance organizations may offer lessons. Once you’ve taken classes, you can use books and videos to refine your technique.



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