Count on Yoga – third article in this series.

Count on Yoga.  Looking for a reason to start practicing (or restart your practice)?  Here are a few ways yoga can improve your health and well-being.

Count on Yoga.  More benefits of a regular yoga practice.  Third in a series.

  1. Strength Test.
    Strong muscles do more than look good.  They also protect us from such conditions as arthritis and back pain, and help prevent falls.  And when you build strength through yoga, you balance it with flexibility.  If you just lifted weights, you might build strength at the expense of flexibility.
  2. Spinal Rap.
    Spinal disks – the shock absorbers between the vertebrae that can herniate and compress nerves – crave movement.  That’s the only way they get their nutrients.  If you’ve got a well-balanced asana practice with plently of backbends, forward bends, and twists, you’ll help keep your disks supple.
  3. Standing Orders.
    Your head is like a bowling ball – big, round, and heavy.  When it’s balanced directly over an erect spine, it take much less work for your neck and back muscles to support it. Move it several inches forward, however, and you start to strain those muscles.  Hold up that forward-leaning bowling ball for 8 or 12 hours a day and it’s no wonder you’re tired.  And fatigue might not be your only problem.  Poor posture can cause back, neck, and other muscle and joint problems.  As you slump, your body may compensate by flattening the normal inward curves in your neck and lower back.  This can cause pain and degenerative arthritis of the spine.

These 3 little reasons as to why yoga is good for you, can be found in a new magazine (I found at Walmart, way in the back, in the book section, near the entertainment section) Yoga for beginners.  It is written by the editors of Yoga Journal.  I’ll be excerpting from the magazine for the next few weeks.
 
See you on Monday, whether you been here on a regular basis, or getting back into a yoga routine!  And remember mark your calendar for 6:30 p.m., and start collecting Quick Oats or Old Fashioned Oats for Oatmeal 5th Monday Yoga Night, November 30th!

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