Yoga: 23 Powerful Benefits and Counting…

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February 12, 2015 by Dr. Sana Keller

As a Cancer Survivor Coach, the subject of making exercise part of a daily routine (or a workout, as I like to call it!) is a major discussion point with clients. Even if you are following a regular workout schedule (and GOOD FOR YOU if you are!!), please keep reading, since following the same exercise routine every day may not be providing you with the best possible results. Varying workout routines not only reduces boredom–it also can provide greater health benefits. Including aerobic or HIIT (high intensity interval training) sessions, resistance/weight training and yoga sessions in your weekly schedule can positively impact your body (and thus your health!) on many levels, including strength, flexibility and stress management.

yoga11For those of you who have yet to experience yoga, please keep reading! The health benefits of yoga just keep rolling in…from relieving chronic back pain…reducing symptoms of depression and anxiety…increasing nerve function in Type 2 diabetics with mild nerve damage…improving blood sugar control and pulmonary function…decreasing hot flashes up to 30% in menopausal women…reducing the effects of stress…promoting weight loss…lowering blood pressure, cholesterol levels and resting heart rate…improving coordination…increasing energy levels and improving quality of life in cancer survivors…experiencing less physical discomfort and stress in women with breast cancer…to reducing inflammation…

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Wait—there’s more–too much for one paragraph! Yoga is also helpful in building muscle strength…improving flexibility and posture…preventing cartilage and joint breakdown…protecting your spine, warding off osteoporosis…increasing blood flow…boosting immunity by increasing lymph drainage…lowering cortisol levels (this is HUGE!)…improving our mood and our focus…promoting deeper sleep…improving overall balance…and easing pain from arthritis, fibromyalgia, carpal tunnel syndrome and other chronic conditions. And this isn’t an exhaustive list…just enough to provide a major WOW Factor!

Yoga can provide immense healthdown dog benefits for most people–even those of you who have never owned yoga pants or don’t have the foggiest idea of what ‘Down Dog’ means. The practice of yoga is just that…a practice, meaning that it’s not a competition–or something a person needs to be accomplished at before taking a class.

We’re all at different points in our yoga practice…with some as flexible as a warm pretzel while others as stiff as a dry twig…some very familiar with the names of all the yoga poses while others asking Sukha-what? or Utkatasana-wha??…and some more comfortable with chair yoga while others can’t wait for the next hot yoga class.

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My office is right around the corner from a great new yoga studio, YogifyU, that offers a wide variety yogifyuclasses, including hot yoga. Taking a friend with you is a great way to check out a yoga group class if it seems a bit intimidating. Practicing yoga in a group setting can be very inspiring and motivating!

Yet, even if you live out in the boonies…or are ‘snowed in’ for a few days…or don’t have a cool yoga studio nearby, you can still benefit from yoga with one of the many Yoga DVD’s available. Below are just a few of some highly rated DVD’s:

 

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Ready to schedule some yoga into your workout schedule? It’s time…to enjoy the many benefits that yoga offers…Shoot for at least once or twice a week for starters!

Please share your favorite yoga DVD in the comments below!

To your ever-improving health,

Sana Keller, PhD, RN, CNC    Health Unlimited LLC

 

References for above yoga benefits can be found here and here.

Photo credits: huffingtonpost.com, itoldyouiwassick.info, active.com, imgarcade.com, yuvanyoga.com, blog.visitminot.org, tampabay.com

5 thoughts on “Yoga: 23 Powerful Benefits and Counting…

  1. Simmsx4 says:

    Reblogged this on Simmsx4 and commented:
    For fun, I started beginners yoga class last month with a friend that is currently pregnant. I thought I figured that it would be a breeze, as I felt that I was pretty experienced. Yeah…not so much. It turns out that I have terrible form. My hips aren’t aligned correctly, my knees stick out when they’re not supposed to, I don’t pull my abdominal muscles in, etc.

    We’re on week 5 of the class and I definitely feel it the next day. Not an “I just ran a marathon” or lifted a ton of weights soreness, but more like a stretch soreness. My muscles are so tight. I also like to just get away from my busy life once a week. It’s nice. I hope to continue with yoga, once I get the correct form, that is. I truly believe that yoga is extremely beneficial for both your mind and body.

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  2. You make some great points, Simmsx4… yoga ‘newbies’ will probably notice a few muscles with ‘increased sensation’ the day after yoga…but I actually kind of like that sore muscle sensation since it reminds me of the great workout I had. The ‘get away’ part is so good for us—our brains appreciate it very much! Thanks for your comments!
    Sana

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  3. Colleen Marie says:

    Reblogged this on ChildfreeYogi and commented:
    Awesome post! Very informative! Thank you! 🙂

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  4. […] week. A most-efficient, very effective workout! And Yoga! I look forward to my yoga time each week! Click here to check out some (23) of the reasons I make it a part of my weekly […]

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