If you aren’t a master of the downward dog or don’t even know what that term means, don’t worry. Yoga may be a widely popular exercise trend but not everyone has jumped on the wagon. If you’re new to yoga, you’ve come to the right place.
Unlike most physical exercise, yoga focuses not only on the body but the mind and spirit.
Although the exact origins of yoga are unclear, it is widely considered an ancient Indian practice with close ties to Hinduism. One of the six major orthodox schools of Hinduism is called Yoga, and goes far beyond just exercises of the body, having its own epistemology and metaphysics.
The science on yoga is sparse and much of the research remains unfounded. What we do know is that long term users report musculoskeletal and mental health improvements as well as reduced asthma symptoms in sufferers.
Some evidence suggests that regular yoga practice can increase cognitive brain function. Hatha yoga, which focuses on exercise, breathing and meditation, has been shown beneficial to those suffering from heart disease.
Recent study into the influence of yoga on cancer patients promotes it as a complementary intervention for symptoms such as depression, insomnia, chronic pain, fatigue and anxiety.
Mindfulness based stress reduction programs often use yoga as a balancing technique to reduce stress levels. One study found MBSR as having a drastic effect on the quality of sleep and spiritual growth of people battling cancer. Encouraging, but inconclusive evidence has shown yoga to be an effective supportive treatment for schizophrenia, helping to alleviate the symptoms and improve patients quality of life.
Now that you’ve been briefed on the benefits of yoga, it’s time to give it a try!
With yoga, it is always important that you monitor your breathing and make sure your taking full breaths in and exhaling completely out.
Here are 3 simple but effective poses to get you started and don’t forget to check out the video with the 20 minute yoga routine that you’ll want to do every day!
1- Mountain Pose:
-Stand tall with your feet comfortably together.
-Relax your body starting at your head, working down through your shoulders and lower back.
-Keep your body weight evenly distributed under your feet.
-With your arms at your side, take a deep breath in through your nose while raising your hands out to your sides and up.
-With palms facing each other and arms straight above, feel your body stand at its fullest as you reach to the sky.
-Exhale through your mouth as you bring your arms slowly back to your side.
-Repeat. (You Can Watch Video On Next Page)
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