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And five more ways yoga heals …..

It never ceases to amaze me how wonderful yoga is.  It’s so sad when people consider it purely a physical exercise as practicing yoga can help us on so many levels.  From the book Yoga as Medicine, here are five more ways yoga can heal(1-10 are in previous posts)

11.  Nourishes inter vertebral discs

Most joints benefit from movement.  The cartillage that forms the spinal discs hasn’t got it’s own blood supply, so relies on movement to deliver nutrients from nearby blood vessels.

12. Improves return of venous blood

Inversions performed as part of a yoga practice encourage venous blood from the legs and pelvis to flow back to the heart meaning the heart doesn’t have to work so hard.

13.  Improves circulation of lymph

Lymph is key in the effective functioning of the immune system – the contracting and stretching of muscles as you do a yoga practice stimulate the lymphatic system.

14.  Improves function of the feet

Some say ageing begins in the feet!  Standing postures, with the correct alignment encouraged by a good yoga teacher can help alignment and reduce the likelihood of problems not only with the feet but also the ankles, knees, hips and lower back.

15.  Improves proprioception

This means knowing were you are spatially.  Yoga balances, sometimes done with the eyes closed can really help with this and increases overall awareness of the body.

 

Keep enjoying your yoga!

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