Top 10 Benefits of Yoga

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The word “yoga” in Sanskrit directly translates to “union,” which can be interpreted in a variety of forms whether it be union of your body in mind in relaxation, union with your breath, or union of yourself to the present moment. (1) Take an hour, thirty minutes or even fifteen minutes to find and create your own union.

Relaxation of the body, calmed breath, and remaining fully present in the moment are a few of the experiences that can occur during yoga. The American Osteopathic Association states that yogic techniques can “lessen chronic pain, arthritis, headaches and carpal tunnel syndrome along with lowering blood pressure.” (2) Yoga has the ability to create lasting effects on individuals who make it part of their body rehabilitation routines.

The main enduring effect of yoga is its relaxation quality. During yoga the parasympathetic nervous system takes the reins. Quick nervous system breakdown-go! The parasympathetic and sympathetic nervous systems maintain our bodies in balance in moments of stress. The sympathetic nervous system is often referred to as “flight or fight” mode and prepares the body for intense physical activity. The parasympathetic nervous system controls the “relaxation response” of the body and slows high energy or activity. With the craziness and hectic nature of life-work, errands, obligations,etc.- our systems become out of balance. By activating the parasympathetic nervous system, yoga helps to restore that balance so that our bodies are not in perpetual alertness and can experience true relaxation. (4)

Incorporate yoga, and you can experience firsthand these benefits (2,4):

  1. Increased flexibility
  2. Increased muscle strength and tone
  3. Improved respiration and energy
  4. Maintaining a balanced metabolism and blood pressure
  5. Weight reduction 
  6. Cardio and circulatory health 
  7. Improved athletic performance
  8. Protection from injury 
  9. Chronic pain reduction 
  10. Strengthens parasympathetic nervous system

At James Fowler Physical Therapy, we strive to assist you in finding that balance of the body physically and mentally which is why we have incorporated weekly yoga classes in addition to the other wellness offerings we provide. Tara Lynch, a JFPT trainer and 300 hour Perri Institute of Mind and Body Certified instructor, will lead classes Saturday and Sunday mornings. Come join us and find your own union with your body and your mind.

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