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The benefit of yoga, contrary to popular opinion is not about being able to turn your body into a pretzel. As a result it is turning people away from a valuable system of healing.
Why is this myth so strong out there?
Because here in the West, yoga has become all about the physical body where only skinny vegetarians in tight fitting clothes feel comfortable attending class.
As is typical in the West, we have forgotten that yoga is more than physical posture - it is about the mind body connection. Physical postures are of course important, but are only a small portion of what yoga is all about.
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Remember earlier on the website when we were talking about all the types of stress- the physical stress, emotional stress and chemical stress? Well, the benefit of yoga is simply in its design to directly relieve all of these kinds of stress, not just the physical.
So if you are walking into a yoga class that is simply about postures and there is no talk of yoga breathing exercises, meditation benefits or the human energy system, then it would be my suggestion to 'make like a cobra' and slither out of there!
Be sure to find a yoga teacher willing to teach all benefits of yoga as it was meant to be taught: Mind, Body and Spirit.
There is hardly one benefit of yoga.
Rather, the benefits of yoga are almost too numerous to speak of.
For simplicity, I have listed, what are in my opinion, the top 10 benefits of yoga:
Many people come to yoga looking for help with a specific condition, like low back pain, headaches, heart disease, menstrual discomfort, cancer, etc.
And in fact, it has long been known that certain exercises and combinations of breath and meditation are very helpful in restoring the body, nervous system and immune system to a state of health and wellness.
But can you really count on yoga to help?
The answer is a resounding YES! There are now studies and research to actually document the benefit of yoga on anything from arthritis to stroke to HIV.
I myself teach specific yoga programs geared toward
But there are many more proven success cases with other conditions. And if you'd like more information, you can click on the following link to find documented cases of 54 health conditions that yoga helps.
Really, anyway you stack it, the benefit of yoga is BIG and I would highly recommend finding a great teacher in your area.
If you need any assistance at all, please contact me at your convenience.
Yours In Wellness,
P.S. For your further reading pleasure, check out more pages on other related topics:
Definition of Yoga: What the heck does 'yoga' even mean? Are you confused with all the different definitions and types of yoga? Clarify things here...
Yoga Origin: Find out where the roots of yoga started...clue: it was long before the hippies of the 60's!
Yoga and Posture: As a former chiropractor, I am 'hooked' on great posture...find out how yoga can assist in 'straightening you out'!
Basic Yoga Poses: There are a few great and basic poses I'd like to show everyone for overall spinal health and vitality.
Yoga Poses for Kids: Kids of all ages are very drawn to yoga...they naturally and intuitively understand how great it is for you...here are a few of my favorite yoga poses for kids...
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