yogabeing

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Five more ways yoga heals

on November 20, 2014

Continuing with some of the ways yoga can facilitate better health, both as prevention and treatment from the book ‘Yoga as Medicine’ ….

6.  Improves Lung Function

7. Leads to slower deeper breathing

8.  Discourages mouth breathing

9.  Increases oxygenation of tissues

10.  Improves joint health

Connecting with the breath is a core element of both my teaching style and the way I do my own practice.

The improvement of lung function come through both posture and breathing – in yoga we learn to sit and stand tall – avoiding slumping so that we can breathe more fully.  We are encouraged to breathe more slowly and deeply and to breathe through the nose.  More oxygen to the lungs may translate into more oxygen to the brain and other tissues.  We just feel better when we breathe better – and function better as a result.

The cartilage that acts as ‘shock absorber’ between surfaces of bone – such as in the knee joint –  needs synovial fluid which is promoted through movement.  And of course moving correctly can help work the right muscles and realign bones – helping to reduce wear and tear.

It’s wonderful to feel the gradual improvements that result from a regular yoga practice … the world just somehow feels a better place,

 

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