If you regularly read the blog or attend my classes, you know I am constantly sharing what the latest research is revealing about how yoga and meditation positively influence our bodies and minds. So, if you are already feeling the benefits from taking a weekly class, why start a home practice?
End of the day and your back is killing you. Sound familiar? No matter the underlying cause of your back pain, dehydration of the discs between the vertebrae can worsen pain. Try this 15-minute Happy Back Practice to rehydrate and soothe your aching back.
Water plays many roles in our bodies, including maintaining electrolyte balance and blood pressure, lubricating joints, regulating body temperature, and promoting cell health. In fact, our bodies are about 70% water, so consuming adequate water daily is essential for optimal health. What you might not know, though, is that water is also critical to the functioning of our spines.
As we get older, poor postural habits can have a domino-effect on our entire bodies stressing joints as well as internal organs of the heart, lungs and digestive tract. Quite often, pain or injury stems from postural imbalances. That is why improving your posture, strength and mobility can help you move more freely with less pain and stiffness. Fortunately, it is never too late to improve your posture.
Our brains, like the rest of our bodies, change as we grow older. Happily, research increasingly reveals how yoga serves to bolster parts of the brain most affected by aging.
While there are many kinds of physical activities in which arthritis sufferers can engage, yoga is a safe, gentle and effective way to increase physical activity. Numerous studies confirm that in addition to lessening pain and improving function and mobility, yoga provides important psychological benefits. Here are six (6) reasons to practice yoga if you have arthritis.