YOGA : TAPPING THE POWER OF “ OM “.
The medical establishment is going “ OM “ too. Doctors are catching on the health benefits of yoga and even tapping it as an alternative form of treatment. According to the American Council on Exercise, America’s non-profit fitness advocate … that practicing yoga offers improvements in flexibility , balance and relaxation. A study on breast cancer patients undergoing radiotherapy concluded that twice or thrice weekly sessions of yoga improved their social functioning and reduced fatigue, anxiety and insomnia. Other studies have found that a regular yoga regimen can help patients with conditions like asthma, chronic back pain, arthritis and obsessive compulsive disorder. Classes such as HOT or HATHA YOGA take a person through various sequences that are designed to gradually increase muscle length. Through adopting different poses and various breathing techniques, the effect of improved muscle length and joint range of motion can be achieved. Power of ASTANGA YOGA can increase one’s strength by using an individual’s body weight to perform repetitions or to maintain certain positions. Yoga also very helpful in managing backache by stretching the back muscles and improving posture. It creates a greater awareness of posture and deeper muscles. As with all exercise regimens, it is important to highlight underlying medical conditions like pregnancy or recent surgery to the yoga instructor and to consult your doctor before starting a regular routine, because many of yoga poses demand a high level of flexibility which not many individuals may be able to achieve. If the joint is forced into a range it is incapable of doing, a tear will result in the capsule, ligament or muscle overlying the joint. The expertise of the instructor is important in preventing such injures. An experienced instructor will be able to modify the exercises for a participant’s fitness level and medical history, for example, using a half lotus posture instead of a full lotus for students with knee pain. But for the pregnant women should avoid exercising in hot, humid environments like in Bikram yoga and stretches with bouncing movements. Those with back problems or osteoporosis involving the spine should avoid postures that require trunk flexion as this increases pressure on the spine. Thank you.
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