Yoga Has Many Health Benefits

YOGA FOR ANY AGE

Yoga is an activity that is appropriate for all ages. This article discusses a few benefits of yoga, makes some recommendations for how you might practice and offers tips to get the most out of your time.

There are numerous benefits of yoga. Here are just a few.....


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TMJ AND TENSION RELIEF

In the root of your jaw, a tight aching sensation throbs subtly … or not so subtly. Tender to the touch, the sensation moves into your temples or perhaps your ear or into your face. You may or may not feel a clicking or locking in the joint of the jaw. Does any of this sound familiar for you?  You may have temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder (TMJD). Good news: This is generally temporary and can be self-treated. Talk to a health care practitioner for recommendations tailored to your own needs...

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VISUALIZATION WITHOUT EYES

Our incredible human minds can see without eyes. We have the power of vision whether our lids are open or shut, measured at 20/20 or legally blind.  With yoga practice, we can create a vivid vision nonexistent outside our minds but quite tangible to the mind that has created it. A mountain vista, passing clouds and geometric patterns sketched on the surface of our neural pathways can be part of a practice involving pratyahara. Pratyahara is one of the eight limbs that comprise a yogic approach to living.

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YOGA HAS MANY HEALTH BENEFITS

Seeking Yoga Support


Yoga Therapy: There is a difference between attending a yoga class and working with a well-qualified cohort for yoga therapy. If you are seeking relief for a condition or you want to make progress toward a goal specific to your state of being, consider seeking a yoga therapist. By working with a highly qualified yogi one-on-one, you will get custom guidance and advice.


Private Lessons: Try a private lesson. Prices begin around $60 per session. Seek to work with someone with whom you can feel comfortable, who understands what is ailing you and can work with you to set goals to improve your condition(s).


Integrative Clinics: Integrative clinics are becoming more prevalent across the nation. In Central Kentucky, the University of Kentucky’s Integrative Medicine and Health unit offers a broad range of services including yoga. Check out the link in the sources below for more information, including short yoga videos.   

Approaches By Condition


“As someone who has been an M.D. for over 20 years, I can tell you yoga is quite simply the most powerful system of overall health and well-being I have ever seen,” said Dr. Timothy McCall, author of the excellent reference book, Yoga as Medicine – The Yogic Prescription for Health and Healing. In his book, Dr. McCall features the way yoga helps various conditions, including:


Anxiety/Panic Attacks:

Get to the root of anxiety with breath regulation and awareness of thought patterns. Notice if the movement solicited from your breath is concentrated in the chest and, if so, practice abdominal breathing with slower, deeper breaths. You can rewire your brain to avert anxiety.


Back Pain:

Recognize there are many causes of back pain, including, but not limited to, sciatica, sprained ligaments, arthritis, postural problems, scoliosis, vertebrae-rib misalignment, limited or excessive joint mobility and daily life. Surgery is often an inadequate treatment with long-term ramifications. Physical practice of yoga poses can address the complex root causes.


Carpal Tunnel Syndrome:

Look beyond the location of the discomfort to the position of the wrists, the muscular balance of the forearms and postural considerations that affect the muscular chain leading to your wrists. Habitualize awareness of these areas throughout your daily life to address the root causes and ultimately resolve the issue.


Depression:

You may have an overactive sympathetic nervous system and elevated cortisol levels. Seek to adjust your posture, elongate your spine, lift your lungs and breathe more deeply. Let go of muscular tension in your abdomen, face and everywhere else. Set aside time to look for and address root psychological causes.


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LAUREN WEAVER, RYT 200

Lauren Weaver is a Yogi, Yoga Instructor, and Assistant Instructor with the Yoga Teacher Training Program at Lexington Healing Arts Academy. She can be reached via email at Lauren.mw32@ gmail.com.

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While yogis have understood the immense benefits of yoga since its inception, the evidence is in and continues to be reinforced study after study: Yoga is good for you. Health benefits for lower back pain, high blood pressure, anxiety, depression and more are now clear. If you are seeking to quench your curiosity about the research-based evidence, here are just a few resources to get you started:



Benefits of Yoga as a Solution

There are numerous benefits to applying yogic understanding and methods to treating ailments including, but not limited to: