40 ways Yoga heals
Each day for the next forty days I am going to post 40 ways yoga heals and benefits body, mind, spirit and can improve health. It’s never too late to take care of yourself.
Day 1.Increases flexibility:
Anyone who has ever taken a hatha yoga class knows that Yogic postures ask you to stretch in ways you would never have thought of, and by continuing to practice has also observed that tight areas open up over time and poses that once seemed impossible become possible. The question remains ‘how might this benefit health’? Here are just a few examples:
A lack of flexibility in your hips can put strain on the knee joint, due to improper alignment of the thigh and shin bones.
Back pain can be caused by tightness of the hamstrings-muscles the back of the thigh- that led to the flattening of the lumber spine.
See you tomorrow for day 2
Strengthens muscles: Muscle weakness contributes to numerous problems including arthritis, back pain and falls in the elderly. Many of the physical limitations people associate with aging including weakness and progressive disability are due to loss of muscle (use it or lose it) – dubbed Sarcopenia – degenerative loss of skeletal muscle mass. Studies have shown that even people in their 80’s can make rapid gains in function when they adopt a regime to build muscle. Asana practice not only strengthens muscles, but does so in a functional way balancing strength with flexibility. In addition to strengthening muscles Yoga appears to build endurance and delay the onset of fatigue.