It’s Time for Yoga!

We have tried everything to relax and unplug, with minimal results so let try yoga!

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Yoga involves exercise, breath and diet control, relaxation, and meditation. Yoga is known as a practice to unite the mind and body with the environment by using focus, chants, affirmations and or breath to foster harmony and calmness within the body.

The health benefits of yoga include physical, mental, and spiritual changes. These benefits include the balance of emotions, inner peace, reduction of stress and strain. Yoga also increases body awareness, flexibility and strength and claims to increase concentration, focus and the regulation of pain.

There are several types of yoga, and some are listed below. Feel free to visit the resources below for more information about additional types of yoga and the benefits.

Kundalini Yoga utilizes singing and chanting in the physical, and spiritual practice.

Vinyasa yoga is an active practice that utilizes more movement and less stillness from their yoga practice.

Hatha Yoga includes a mix of asana (poses), pranayama (breathing exercises), and meditation. Lyengar, ashtanga, or Bikram — are technically considered to be hatha yoga as well.

Ashtanga yoga utilizes six series of specific poses taught in order, and is great for anyone who likes routine or a more physical yet spiritual practice.

Bikram yoga consist of a set series of poses performed in the same order, and the practice has strict rules. Each class is 90 minutes, with 26 postures and two breathing exercises, and the room must be 105° Fahrenheit with 40 percent humidity.

Yin yoga is a slower style of yoga in which poses are held for a minute and eventually up to five minutes or more. This type of yoga has roots in martial arts as well as yoga, and it’s designed to increase circulation in the joints and improve flexibility.

Namaste…

References

Lucy, L. (2020). Yoga and Today’s Nurse, AHNA Beginnings, 40 (3). p.10-12.

Yoga Journal. (2020). Retrieved from https://www.yogajournal.com

Yoga Medicine. (2018). Types of Yoga: A guide to the different styles. Retrieved from https://yogamedicine.com/guide-types-yoga-styles/

Published by Dr. Marilyn Crosby, PhD, MBA, RN

An experienced registered nurse with a variety of nursing experience in all many areas of healthcare, including critical care, research, program management quality, and complementary care. I have a passion for "all things related to health & wellness" and want to share pertinent information.

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