Today marks the end of National Dog Week. For those of you who have pets, especially dogs, you know how hard it is to get some yoga in at home. But we love our furry friends nonetheless! Happy Friday ~ enjoy!
We all have those days when we just feel tired, with no energy at all to do anything, really. It is especially important on those “kind of days” to try some yoga for energy! Yoga is key to getting your blood flowing. You may think of yoga as being soothing and relaxing, but it can be incredibly energizing, too. Focus on your breath as you flow from posture to posture.
Tadasana, or Mountain Pose, is great to do in the morning. Mentally, it leaves you invigorated and motivated. Physically, it helps to create space within the body, allowing internal organs to work more efficiently. This is great for respiration as well as digestion and circulation. All good things to bring about more energy!
Age-related arthritis is a natural part of life, and by age fifty to sixty, most people have some degenerative changes in the spine. Studies have shown that those who practice yoga make significant gains in strength, flexibility, and endurance, which is a basic goal of most rehabilitation practices for disc degeneration. Yoga focuses on fortifying the back and core muscles by increasing blood flow to the discs, and this in turn, stimulates the restoration process.
An excellent yoga stretch for strengthening the spine is Cobra Pose.
MetS is a clustering of cardiovascular risk factors, which is associated with cardiovascular disease. Yoga has been shown to provide considerable health benefits, as a preventive measure and outcome. Studies have shown the positive effects of a yoga exercise program on the cardiovascular risk factors including central obesity, hypertension, dyslipidemia and hyperglycemia in middle-aged and older adults with MetS.
“…Adults diagnosed with MetS using National Cholesterol Education Program criteria were randomly assigned to a 1-year yoga intervention group or control group. Systolic and diastolic blood pressure, waist circumference, fasting plasma glucose, triglycerides, and high-density lipoprotein cholesterol were examined at baseline, midway, and on completion of the study. Physical activity level and caloric intake were assessed and included in the covariate analyses…” – US National Library of Medicine
A reduction of the number of diagnostic components for MetS was found to be associated with the yoga intervention. Waist circumference was significantly improved after the 1-year yoga intervention. A trend towards a decrease in systolic blood pressure was observed following yoga intervention.
These results suggest that yoga exercise improves the cardiovascular risk factors including central obesity and blood pressure in middle-aged and older adults with MetS. These findings support the complementary beneficial role of yoga in managing MetS.
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According to the National Center for Health Statistics, one in three adults have high blood pressure in the U.S. and about only one in two have it under control. Many studies show that yoga can be an effective way of reducing high blood pressure, particularly the very important, diastolic number – which is the second number representing the pressure in your vessels when your heart rests between beats.
One asana for improving blood pressure is Corpse Pose (Shavasana). It pacifies the sympathetic nervous system and slows down the heart, while teaching the muscles and mind to relax deeply.
Some tips for getting the most out of this pose:
– Allow the earth to take all of your weight. A relaxed body feels light, almost floating.
– Become gently aware of your breath by making it soft, small and quiet.
– Allow your mind to relax by letting go of any worries, fears, anxiety or excitement.
– Let go of any future plans or past events.
– Rest. Breathe. Honor the peaceful space within you.
Do you still think of yoga as “that thing my daughter does to stretch and relax?” You may be surprised at how valuable yoga can play in health care. Yoga for seniors can reduce symptoms and improve overall wellness for people with serious and/or chronic illnesses. Here is a brief summary of what yoga can do for your health! >>>
SEPTEMBER IS NATIONAL YOGA MONTH designated by the Department of Health & Human Services. Join our worldwide community and celebrate!
This month we honor the practice that gives us so much. We flow with gratitude as our bodies, minds and spirits are uplifted and inspired. The benefits of yoga go well beyond flexibility. We are stronger, more peaceful, patient and mindful of people and our environment.