Mind and Body Need a 'Release'
Yoga: Part of a Healthy Regimen!
of us lead stressful and sedentary lives. A contradiction?
Not really. For example, while sitting at the computer all
day we may perform certain tasks repeatedly, contributing
to repetitive stress injuries.
stresses come from our commute to work, our finances, and
our school or work, as well as other 'externalnalities'
which challenge our life/work balance. Combined with poor
diet, environmental and genetic factors, stress can contribute
to many health problems.
as a broad category of physical activity, is something our
doctors keep telling us to 'do'. Yoga
is a form of exercise which focuses on the body and the
mind more than most, requires little equipment, and can
be practiced almost anywhere!
to the Body of the yoga practitioner:
balance and stability
muscle strength and tone
flexibility, releases tightness
build lung and bone strength
to the Mind of the yoga practitioner:
soothing, relaxing effect
focus from 'external' to 'internal'
challenging poses, and satisfaction from achievement
awareness of one's body, makes one more alert
'negative' feelings, emotions, and toxins
starting yoga, many find it helpful to attend a yoga class.
There are different types of yoga, and each instructor will
bring his or her own personality to the class. Have fun
finding instructors who you enjoy!
CDs - Audio can be especially useful to help clear the
mind without having to "look" at a screen or someone
Rea: Yoga Sanctuary (Instructional CDs)
Warner: Quiet Heart/Spirit Wind (Relaxation)
DVD's - Usually incorporate relaxing audio with instruction.
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