a set of physical and mental exercises aimed at guiding people along a spiritual path.
The practice of yoga is about union. It’s about aligning our mental and physical body and breathing into our wholeness. It’s about intimacy and discovery. It’s about creating balance, flow and peace in our lives.
- One NCCIH-funded study of 90 people with chronic low-back pain found that participants who practiced Iyengar yoga had significantly less disability, pain, and depression after 6 months.
- Yoga has been shown to help decrease an exaggerated stress response and is helpful for symptoms related to anxiety and depression.
- One study showed that practicing yoga can be helpful in regulating pain responses.
- Various studies have shown yoga improves mood and quality of life for the elderly, caretakers, breast cancer survivors and people with epilepsy.
- Yoga has shown to have benefits for those suffering from PTSD.
- In the largest yoga study ever done yoga was shown to decrease inflammation in the body.
How To Start Practicing
Explore – Look online, at your bookstore or library for resources to begin exploring the various kinds of yoga.
Take A Class – Most communities offer some type of yoga class through a local studio, gym or community center.
Practice At Home – Find a an online video, app or a DVD.
Know Your Fitness Level – If you are new to yoga look for gentle or beginner classes. Restorative yoga can be very therapeutic for those with chronic health conditions. For more advanced fitness levels try a flow or vinyasa class.
Interview – Interview the teacher to determine if the style and class is appropriate for you. Find our where they trained and how long they have been practicing. Disclose any medical conditions or concerns and field their answers for any possible considerations.