Yoga developed over 5,000 years ago in India. The word yoga means union (of the mind, body and spirit). A complete yoga practice includes postures known as asanas, breath work known as pranayama, vegetarian dietary habits, chanting and meditation. An estimated 11 million Americans practice yoga today.
Yoga is for all ages. You do not have to be fit or thin or young to benefit from yoga. There are many ways that each body is different and yoga recognizes and respects this. Whatever your body can do is advantageous for you. After all, if you don’t use it, you will lose it! One study showed that in just eight weeks of practice, there was a 35% increase in flexibility, especially in the shoulders and trunk.
You do not need a lot of special things to do yoga. It is recommended that you get a sticky mat and wear loose clothing. Classes are designed to be suitable for all levels of practitioners. Drop-ins are always welcome! Single class fee: $15, Ten-class series fee: $13. Newcomers, try your first class for $10.
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With all of these benefits, what are you waiting for?
The benefits of yoga are many. The calming aspect of the autonomic (think automatic) nervous system is turned on. so your blood pressure, pulse, respiratory rate and blood sugar levels drop. Cardiac efficiency improves. Gastrointestinal functions are enhanced. All the excretory functions of the body improve. Joint flexibility increases. Breath holding time lengthens. Eye-hand coordination improves. The functions of the endocrine system are optimized. Reaction time increases. Strength increases. Posture improves. Endurance is extended. Energy increases. Weight management is helped. The immune system is supported. Balance is improved (which tends to worsen as we age and is a major cause of falls and injuries in the elderly). Depth perception increases. Organ function is optimized especially by twists. Yoga creates a sense of wellbeing and improves mood. Hostility is decreased. SeSelf-acceptance and actualization increases. Blood work in the area of stress hormone, thyroid hormones, sodium, hematocrit and hemoglobin level normalize. Currently yoga is being used in the management of asthma, depression, insomnia, multiple sclerosis, diabetes carpal tunnel syndrome and heart disease.
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